On the Privilege of Leaving by Dawson Stout (A’21)

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On the Privilege of Leaving by Dawson Stout (A’21) Sep 19

The walk down from my last shift in the camp – kids’ reading circle – was without dramatic fan fair. The multilingual drone of human activity faded to the hum of cicadas. Soon, the smell of pine and dry earth won out over decaying food, sweaty bodies, spices, firewood, and human excrement. I said my goodbyes in the crowded and hot reception of Alpha; the click of plastic on wood from in-progress checkers matches populated the background. At the station, I could see the barbed wire unsuccessfully containing the humanitarian crisis unfolding on this small island. The web of tents and tarps and wire grew more distant as I headed towards the ferry and my bus turned up the sloping hills of Samos; the entire scene soon eclipsed behind hills dotted with terracotta shingles, once painted shutters, and faded green olive groves.

Sep 18

Community Day: Bringing the People Together in a Recovering Rust Belt City by Elliot Lam (A’21)

by Anonymous

Halfway through our month-long research in the post-industrial city of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, we found ourselves attending Sunday on the Square, a bustling festival hosted by local nonprofits showcasing local food and businesses.

Sep 17

Learning to Question the Lightning by Isabel Rosenbaum (A’21)

by tuftsigl

On my commute to work every day this summer, I would pass the walls of abandoned buildings and billboards where people had written No Borders. No Human Is Illegal. EU, Where Are You? Similar phrases characterized much of the graffiti found in Mytilene’s side streets and on café bathroom doors.

Sep 16

Safeguarding the E-library Program’s Sustainability by Mario Lagnese (A’20)

by tuftsigl

Our Tufts International Development (TID) group had just finished up our work in San Jose de Minas, a small town located 50 miles north of Quito, Ecuador. During our time in Minas, we were able to check in on one of our current projects at Colegio San Jose de Minas, the local K-12 school.

Sep 13

Stories from the Field by Geoffrey Tam (F’20)

by jtijssen

During my first stakeholder meeting with Kwangu Kwako, Ltd. (KKL), I had the opportunity to meet Milka Achieng, a charismatic young woman who has grown up in Kibera’s Gatwekera neighborhood. Kibera is referred by many as Africa’s largest slum with an estimated population of around 250,000 people.

Sep 11

Scale-Up Stories by Connor Doyle (A’21)

by jtijssen

The end of June saw a busy time for Endeavor, with a jam-packed schedule from the get-go. On June 23, we hosted “High Impact Talks,” inviting our mentors and Endeavor Entrepreneurs to hear about cap table governance and exits from the two heads of Internet Banking at Jefferies.