on justice -Benedict/James Orbinski

''Justice only fails when we fail to imagine that it is possible. But like so many things, it depends not only on imaginings but on what we do.'' - James Orbinski

Sunday, November 8, 2009


''Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.''

-quotation from the Talmud - Itzhak Stern from Schindler's List

Monday, November 2, 2009

thank u mr. postman!

After taking two sick days last week, my first day back at work on Monday morning wasn't the greatest experience. Needless to say, work was a bit on the dreadful side, and I still didn't get most of the work done. And the fb msg my co-worker left on my wall describing my desk (''It looks like a tornado went through your cubicle!'' - emily) doesn't do it justice. More like Tornado and Tsunami combined.

BUT... something came in the mail to brighten up my day!
A letter from Tanzania from my sponsor child in Arusha... :)

And I've decided to postpone my trip to Tanzania to June 2010 - since rain season is usually from mid-March to the end of May. Exciting and nerve-racking at the same time... but definitely more excited :)

And while we're on the Africa page, and while the coming drought in Ethiopia is getting global attention again after the on in 1984 - here is some food for thought:

''According to Oxfam, just 0.14 per cent of overseas assistance is allocated to disaster risk management, an area of aid that identifies threats together with communities and works to mitigate them. This includes investment in infrastructure that would move food relief around a country rather than importing it and water conservation projects that would help sustain crops. Unfortunately, the tendency is to give after a crisis rather than taking steps to prevent it from happening.''

--Vancouver Sun, November 2, 2009 Monday, Article ''More aid must be devote to drought prevention'' by Craig and Marc Kielburger