Category Archives: EWB & Development

Posts in this category discuss my work with Engineers Without Borders (EWB), EWB’s work in Africa and in Canada, and the challenges of international development in general.

Who is Dorothy? (Part 2-2)

As of July 16th, I have been back in Montreal moving into the next chapter of my life. Despite the long blog hiatus since then, I will now be continuing the blog from back home, as there is much about … Continue reading

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Who is Dorothy (Part 2-1)

As of July 16th, I have been back in Montreal moving into the next chapter of my life. Despite the long blog hiatus since then, I will now be continuing the blog from back home, as there is much about … Continue reading

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Video – Le leadership au Burkina Faso

Qu’est-ce qu’un leader? Quels sont vos rêves pour le Burkina Faso? Pour vous? Une petite vidéo sur le programme de leadership burkinabé. Qu’en pensez-vous? p.s. La citation à la fin est traduite de l’anglais et je sais que j’ai commis … Continue reading

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Hints of a Revolt – Part 3

Hi everyone! For those following closely, I’m really sorry, I thought I’d make it to the end of the “Hints of a Revolt” entry in 3 parts, but it looks like it’ll be 2 more (shorter, bite-sized) parts + an … Continue reading

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Redeparture

The captain slowly taxies our plane around the runway to the designated location; we’ve been going around for a little while now. It’s a good time to reflect but I’d rather let my mind go numb just now – my … Continue reading

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Video – Intro to my placement

Hello! This is my first attempt at a video post so hopefully I’ve done everything right. The video is a short bilingual introduction to my 6-month placement with Engineers Without Borders Canada in Burkina Faso, which will focus on developing … Continue reading

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Put me to work for a day in Burkina

Dear friends, family, colleagues and supporters, Thank you all for your tremendous support during the first four months of my placement in Burkina Faso. The time I spent there has convinced me of both the potential of its people and … Continue reading

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Politique

« Blaise Compaoré, c’est la promesse d’un Burkina Faso émergent. » (Slogan de campagne présidentielle de Blaise Compaoré, répété partout et par tous dans les journaux et à la télévision.) « Est-ce que les gens savent même ce que signifie émergent ? S’ils le … Continue reading

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Good Development – How? Why?

“You are Canadian. How is Canada going to help us develop? Now that you have come here, how are you going to help us?” … What do you answer to that? Continue reading

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Who is Dorothy? (Part 1)

When I first joined Engineers Without Borders, the first thing that struck me was the incredible people I was working with: passionate, critical, tireless. The second was that I had found an organisation with values that so closely matched my … Continue reading

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