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Month: March 2019

Start with one.

There’s an awful lot of bad news about. It’s hard to know where to start. In a world that’s too familiar with mass shootings and terrorist attacks, the horrific events in Christchurch stand out because New Zealand seemed such an unlikely place for this kind of thing to happen. 49 dead because someone didn’t like their religion. How can that happen anywhere, let alone in one of the world’s most peaceful countries? Scientists are saying that there’s only 12 years or so left to really turn around climate change, but…

The extra mile

Last week, Blue Dragon held one of those events that NGOs sometimes do – the launch of a new program. Meetings and workshops drive me crazy. They rarely feel productive, and I sometimes wonder if the whole purpose of conferences is just to make people feel like they’re actually serving a greater purpose, when in reality they are just attending conferences… This launch was important, though, because it brought together people from across the province of Ha Giang, as well as agencies and organisations in Hanoi, to share and discuss,…