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  • backpod 9:26 pm on October 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AIDS, Amy Yu, , education, , , HIV, interview, , , , testing, Volunteer   

    Image of the Week: Amy Yu, HFA Volunteer Interview 

    “The most important thing is that we are getting the word out so they can tell their friends and family about this disease, and how it is spread,” says Amy Yu, Hands for Americas (HFA) volunteer, on educating the local population on infectious diseases and providing rapid HIV/AIDS testing.

    Interview Image

    Amy Yu, HFA volunteer, is interviewed by Backpod – Panama 2012
    Photo credit: Kari Foster, Backpod

     
  • backpod 8:27 pm on January 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Dishwater Blonde, education, , , , , , Quique Rodriguez, Sister Maria Rosa, Sociedad Amigos de los Niños, ,   

    Honduras Episode Two :: Hello, My Name is…Global Brigades 

    Backpod arrives at the base camp of their non-profit partner, Global Brigades, for what begins their 20-day documentary adventure in Honduras. Episode Two: Hello, My Name is…Global Brigades introduces GB and their concept. Find out who and what is behind GB. Learn the inspiring story behind Sister Maria Rosa and how her vision started the evolution for what has now become Global Brigades. Also watch what happens as Kari and Michael leave with Global Medical Brigades, University of Washington Chapter for their first on-site location.

    Learn more about our non-profit partner, Global Brigades:

    http://www.globalbrigades.org/

    FEATURED MUSIC: Dishwater Blonde

    http://www.myspace.com/dishwaterblonde

    http://www.dishwaterblonde.net

    SUBSCRIBE to our youtube channelhttp://www.youtube.com/user/Backpod3

    – Käri, Michael, & Eva (backpod)

     
  • backpod 5:48 am on August 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , education, , ,   

    Ready For Take Off 

    August 24, 2008

    Today’s entry brought to you by…

    Eva

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    Our inaugural trip to Honduras is almost here. We hope our journey will be eventful and using our lenses and blog we can bring you along with us.

    Quick facts introducing Honduras:
    • Honduras is located in Central America, bordering Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua
    • Capital city: Tegucigalpa
    • Population: 7.5 million, 90% people of mixed European and indigenous ancestry, 7% indigenous population, 2 % people of African descent
    • Predominantly Catholic, with strong growth in Protestant faith experienced lately
    • Languages: Spanish, Amerindian dialects and English, especially at the Bay Islands
    • Currency: lempira; exchange rate: $1=18.89 lempira

    Economy:
    • Honduras, one of the poorest countries in the Central America
    • High unemployment rate close to 30%
    • 50% of population living below the national poverty level
    • Economy heavily relies on agricultural products, particularly coffee and bananas
    • In recent years, Honduras economy grew slightly, communication sector was open for private enterprises, however the gap between rich and poor continues to expand

    Politics:
    • Independent since 1821 from Spain and since 1838 from the United Provinces of Central America
    • Honduras is a constitutional republic, with three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial
    • Executive: Presidential elections are held every four years. Current president Manuel Zelaya was sworn in January 2006.
    • Legislative branch: unicameral Congress with 128 representatives elected to serve for four years.
    • Judicial branch: 15 Judges are elected for a term of 7 years by the National Congress
    • Main political parties: Christian Democratic Party (PDC), Democratic Unification Party (PDU), Liberal Party, (LP), National Innovation and Unity Party, and National Party of Honduras
    • President Manuel Zelaya was elected on the promises of improving the economy, and curbing the violence, in particular gang violence

    Environment:
    • Amazing flora and fauna, ranging from rain forests to savannahs and from parrots to whale sharks
    • Home to diversified wildlife: amphibians, mammals and reptiles
    • Serious environmental concerns: deforestation, global warming and overfishing
    • Many species put on endangered species list

    Sources:
    UNDP Human Development Report
    The Library of Congress
    US Department of State
    Lonely Planet: Honduras and the Bay Islands

     
    • Lewis 8:53 pm on August 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      You guys go for it. I spent 2 1/2 years working in Honduras. Wonderful country, a lot of groups helping there, and doing good things. Just always be aware of your surroundings.
      Lewis
      UT class of ’73 & ’76.

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