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Director’s Statement

Mason at Mt. Kilimajaro

I’ve been volunteering for over a decade, and watching the cause and effect of my work and other volunteers around me. Most of it is good but sometimes there’s unforeseen harm in doing what we think is right.

I’m interested in continuing to examine how our actions as philanthropists, humanitarians, and volunteers affect the people we set out to help. I believe it’s the duty of wealthier nations to help but it’s critical to understand how to best go about it. Our idea of what another country, society or group needs might bring more harm than good if we rush in without first doing research and considering the consequences of our best intentions.

In TUNAHAKI we see what is possible and it also challenges us to think about our own values as we reach out to our fellow human beings in need around the world.