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For our students reading Tracy Kidder’s “Mountains Beyond Mountains”:

When Partners In Health co-founder Jim Kim was appointed President of Dartmouth College in 2009, Tracy Kidder’s biography of Paul Farmer was assigned as the summer reading for the entering freshman class of 2013. At the start of the school year Dartmouth organized a panel discussion with the three co-founders of PIH, Paul Farmer, Jim Kim and Ophelia Dahl, to discuss their work and how they got started in their careers in public health and international development. The entire discussion is available below.


10 Aid Workers Killed in Afghanistan

On August 9, 2010, in Articles, Events, by Josh Perlsweig
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From The Huffington Post: Brief profiles of the 10 aid workers killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan last week.

All had devoted their lives to serving humanitarian missions around the world. Our thoughts go out to their families and their International Assistance Mission (IAM) colleagues who work on the front lines to provide basic services to populations in need.

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The Giving Pledge Reaches Major Milestone

On August 4, 2010, in Events, by Josh Perlsweig
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Bill Gates and Warren Buffett launched The Giving Pledge on June 16th. To date they have received 38 pledge letters. In 7 weeks, thats 40 pledges from some of America’s wealthiest families to commit a majority of their net worth to charity over the course of their life, or upon their death.

View the list and read the inspiring letters at GivingPledge.org

Humanitarian Response to Flooding in Pakistan

On August 4, 2010, in Events, Interviews, Multimedia, by Josh Perlsweig
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Disaster relief organizations reach Pakistan as flood waters continue to rise and displace millions. Oxfam is one of the many organizations with a major presence on the ground. Below, Oxfam’s Deputy Humanitarian Director speaks to the BBC about the effects of the floods and the humanitarian response underway.

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Update on Legislative Funding for Service Programs

On August 3, 2010, in Reports, by Josh Perlsweig
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The Corporation for National and Community Service is due to receive a healthy increase in funding from Congress for fiscal year 2011. However, it might not match what the White House has requested.

Via ServiceNation, an update on federal funding for service in 2011.