Author Archives: Lauren

Rhymes with Shmashmortion

This weekend my roommate talked to a priest about abortion policy at a wedding. My roommate works on the girls, women and population team at the United Nations Foundation. They had divergent viewpoints. Women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights have … Continue reading

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To the Man Who Assaulted Me and Walked Away with Nothing

I’ve been on this highway. I can picture her running route. Matagalpa always felt like an escape while I was a Peace Corps Volunteer living in a smaller town outside of the city. I would go to Matagalpa for a … Continue reading

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Guest blog: A city of temples to a city of tents

On April 25, when the deadly earthquake hit Kathmandu, people found themselves running away from what most have spent their lives working towards. Owning a house in Kathmandu means you have attained stability and security in life. I am a … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Donate to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Effort

If you’re thinking about donating to the relief effort for the ‪#‎NepalEarthquake‬, here are 3 good options: 1. A relief fund set up by RPCVs: One of the hardest hit villages was used for Peace Corps training, so many of the … Continue reading

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America, use your words.

Femicide has been in the news lately. This week a 27-year-old woman named Farkhunda was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan by a mob of angry men for allegedly burning a Quran. After she was killed, her body was thrown off the roof, … Continue reading

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But how do you really feel: A self(ie) portrait through haikus

Local government came and ate all our lunches. Subtle corruption. Woke up dark and cold and there it was: stye. in. eye. Bodes well for the day. I slept to survive the twisting and lurching road. Thanks, melatonin. At a rest stop, I … Continue reading

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A series of haikus about a series of events.

He chose the cafe. “I cannot work here,” he whined. A group move ensued. We began at last. But when his phone rang he left. Captive audience. He watched us standing by our two heavy boxes. Thanks for all your … Continue reading

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When in Benin…

Here is a haiku about my experience at the Ministry of Health today: They leave one by one. Soon, we’re sitting there alone. Successful meeting. Until next time, Lauren

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Young women in the workplace: A timeless story of power.

“Project your personal power” is a phrase I heard often while working towards my Master’s degree last year.  It was usually in the form of well-intentioned advice from a mentor or a colleague.  While well-intentioned, it was also somehow deprecating, prophesy-fulfilling advice.  It … Continue reading

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Piecing Together the Nepal Project

I wrote a blog post that was featured on VaxTrac’s website about our work in Nepal. I’m posting it here too because I haven’t yet gone into detail about the work we do at VaxTrac. Enjoy! Part I: Vial to … Continue reading

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Wherever you go, there you are. And so is Peace Corps.

Peace Corps started working in Nepal again in 2012 after a long hiatus.  There haven’t been too many volunteers yet and none of them are currently in the Far Western Region. And yet Peace Corps kept coming up while we … Continue reading

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Namaste Nepal

Namaste is my first Nepali word.  I first heard it when we arrived at the small airport in Kathmandu and a woman in front of us greeted the immigration officer by putting her two palms together as if in prayer and saying … Continue reading

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