There is a saying, supposedly Ecuadorian, which goes, “When one is helping another, both gain in strength.” It is a fitting description of the life I witnessed among AVSI staff, partners and program participants during my visit to the “Republic of the Equator” at the end of 2019. Though one of the smaller South American states, roughly the size of Texas, Ecuador boasts a wide variety of landscapes and climes. It borders the Pacific Ocean to the West, and encompasses the wildlife rich Galapagos Islands, made famous by the legendary explorations of Charles Darwin; while snow-capped Andes Mountains run down the country’s center and are host to one of the world’s highest active volcanos, Cotopaxi.
This past Christmas, Laura Chiodini and a group of friends organized a fundraiser event in Boston to support AVSI-USA campaign “Get in the Game” and raised
Haley Adams, Food for Peace Officer at USAID Uganda, visited the Graduating to Resilience Activity in Kamwenge District in December 2019. The Activity aims to graduate 13,200 households (both refugee and host community), from conditions of food insecurity and fragile livelihoods to self-reliance and resilience. Graduating to Resilience is a seven-year USAID-funded program in Southwestern Uganda, now home to mostly Congolese and Rwandan refugees.