Sunday, June 3, 2012

A love of books grows in Bolivia

It's been a few years since I wrote occasionally for the Ithaca Times. Recently I had a chance to interview some inspiring women and wrote a couple articles for the Tompkins County Weekly. 

At first, as Chris Pothier was planning a follow-up trip to Bolivia, she thought she had hit on an ideal way to improve her Spanish. On previous visits she had been reading Spanish books to the children and saw how insatiable they were for books, so she borrowed books to read to them. As might be expected of someone who was director of the Loaves and Fishes food program for 24 years (she retired in 2010), Pothier noticed the expansive needs of the people around her in Bolivia. She had also been volunteering at an orphanage in Cochabamba, where there were no books available.
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Local doctor focuses on women’s health issue in Ghana

After 20 years serving as obstetrician and gynecologist to hundreds of Ithaca women, Dr. Catherine Husa decided to pursue international medical volunteer work. She visited medical facilities in countries such as Sri Lanka, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ghana. For several years she worked with Doctors Without Borders.
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