Field Coordinator Reflections from the Philippines

October 18th, 2017 Field coordinating can be a bit of an oxymoron, especially when you are a Canadian and you are tasked with coordinating logistics and learning experiences for three Canadian students visiting a major health and development project in rural Philippines. Often times the field seems anything but coordinated. Luckily for me EMBRACE project staff at ADRA Philippines made this go about as smoothly as one could hope – during the rainy season no less!



Liberata Liberata and her family live in Rwanda. For the last 22 years, her country has been slowly recovering from a horrific genocide that took the lives of over one million people.  While the country has made a remarkable recovery, poverty is still a major [...]


Better Nutrition in Cambodia

Better Nutrition in Cambodia One of our our current programs in Cambodia that we are implementing in Partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, is improving nutrition for 4800 households. That’s approximately 21,600 household members, of which 10,800 are females. We’re particularly focusing on women of [...]


Fighting Malnutrition

Fighting Malnutrition In the Bato area of Leyte province in the Philippines, children under two years old are at risk of acute or chronic malnutrition.  The effects of malnutrition are irreversible.  Children who do not receive proper nutrition in these crucial formative years will [...]


The Life of a ‘Single’ Father

The Life of a 'Single' Father By Sharmilla Reid It is a familiar story in the Philippines.  When parents cannot earn enough in their local community to support their family, one or both of them must leave their children behind to find a job.  Often a [...]


I Danced with the Angel Mary!

October 5th, 2017 I danced with the Angel Mary! Or at least, I held her in the dance. The villagers were gathered at an EMBRACE project site for training in looking after their babies. Most were women, but there were a couple of men there too. When it was announced that a representative from the donor agency was present (that being me) they spontaneously stepped outside their shelter and began to dance and sing. I asked a colleague what they were singing and he told me “Thank you ADRA Canada for helping us!”