Blog: Posts in category Impact Stories

The Desire to Serve Lives in All of Us

Lush green forests and snow-capped peaks. Bright city lights and desolate skies. Vibrant commerce and scarce resources. As the longest mountain range in the world, the Andes cut through a diverse natural and human landscape. Otavalo, a town in northern Ecuador, is a microcosm of these contrasts. It’s famous for a bustling outdoor market displaying...

A Fire Left 24 Families Homeless and Shoeless

On our February trip to Costa Rica, our team kept busy distributing over 800 pairs of new shoes in just two days. The pre-set itinerary was filled with several gripping distributions, but one unplanned visit challenged their perceptions of hope and despair the most. We learned about La Milpa at the last minute. A squatter...

There is Little Room for the Unexpected

Natural disasters can strike in any part of the world. Yet small, impoverished nations are often most vulnerable. The World Risk Index plots countries along a disaster risk spectrum measuring exposure and vulnerability. Exposure is a fairly straightforward calculation of probability whereas vulnerability looks at controllable factors: likelihood of people to be harmed, lack of...