The Quantifiable Analysis of Progress in Gender Equality

In the struggle towards securing Women’s rights and gender equality, the term progress is often strewn throughout the pages of articles and media sites, with no real evidence or data. How do we define real, quantifiable progress in an area that is complex in nature, and means something different to women worldwide? To Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan, gender equality means the equal access to education. To the thousands of women in Darfur, who are raped

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Going Beyond the Numbers: Progress in Prashanthagiri!

In the development world, there are tons of metrics by which to assess growth – ways to quantify a program’s progress in promoting health and wellness in a community. And who doesn’t love to see these numbers? Numbers that can easily be translated into pie charts, or info graphics about our work, are neat and easy to understand at a glance. But for those of us working with a young and growing non-profit like Profugo,

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Phase I Biogas Program Inauguration

The month of January here in Prashanthagiri started off not only in celebration of the new year, but also in celebration of the completion of Phase I of the Profugo Biogas Program, resulting in the construction of 3 digesters for three families. Through the Profugo Biogas Program we are implementing household biogas digesters for the most disadvantaged families in the village. Thanks to a donation by Dr. Leif and Dr. Lena Oxelmark from the University

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On Mindfulness and Consumption

In order to raise awareness about Profugo, I recently worked an event at a local university that centered on fair trade. The event featured products from all over the world that devoted their sales and business practices to benefiting the producers abroad. Unicef sponsored this event and had several representatives asking questions of the attendees about their feelings on fair trade and human trafficking. I watched one representative ask a very fashionable student how her

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Limes, Trash, and String: A Recipe for Promoting Teamwork in our Children’s Club

Take one part lime, one part trash, one part string, one part friendly competition, and two parts motivational reflection, and you have the recipe for our latest Children’s Club meeting. The meeting, which was our third official Children’s Club meeting of the year, was held here at the Profugo house on Saturday, October 11th. We had 40 participants of various ages, most between 10 and 18, come out for a jam-packed morning of activities. The

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