GSR Today - After a recent experience in Tanzania and Malawi of electrical blackouts, cold showers, limited or no internet, cooking with charcoal, and the sight of mountains stripped of trees, I was reminded of a project I had started to research how sisters in sub-Saharan Africa use solar energy.
"And to that I give a rousing 'Holy catoot'!" So ended a phone conversation with my sister, who was channeling Mom, now in heaven, and one of her favorite phrases.
GSR Today - Opus Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian prizes highlight two organizations quietly going about the business of improving lives: Mercy Beyond Borders in South Sudan and Haiti and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh.
Notes from the Field - As a volunteer with the Ursulines working with children, I aim for clarity, wisdom and strength. Clarity helps us see challenges for what they are. Wisdom helps us figure out how to go about these difficulties. Strength allows us to act on our wisdom. This may sound a bit dreamy and optimistic, yet these are vital considerations.
Sr. Brittany Harrison, a Salesian Sister of St. John Bosco, is a regular contributor to Relevant Radio's "Morning Air" show, where she discusses youth culture, social media and Salesian spirituality. She spoke with GSR about internet evangelism and how women religious can connect with young people.
GSR Today - As Pope Francis' trip to Myanmar at the end of November gets closer, the plight of the Rohingya people there receives more and more scrutiny. It is not at all easy to see.
See for Yourself - Ever get a craving for popcorn? It's fast and easy in a microwave, but making on the stove in a kettle is better by far, and you can add what you wish to flavor it.
I decided in early 2016 that my life needed a change. On a plane ride to D.C. to see what was there, the young guy who sat next to me happened to work in the humanitarian field. He suggested I volunteer with a Catholic organization or go overseas to work with refugees. It was like being awakened from a long sleep.
GSR Today - It's hard for a New Mexican to imagine rain that lasts all day. It's hard for a person who has never tasted a taco to imagine how good they are. And local weather is one reason people find it hard to grasp climate change.
See for Yourself - The owner and master chef of a small Lebanese restaurant was busy every minute. He personally serviced the patrons, either at self-selected tables or at the counter. He also prepared the food and served it proudly.