From Tribeca to Tanzania
There's a good blog post on Keely Stevenson's blog, From Tribeca to Tanzania called, "Today I Applied for Food Stamps and an Abortion." Keely is an Acumen Fund Fellow, which is a 12-month fellowship for seven individuals “with the dedication to serving the poor in the developing world and the business skills to effect change.”
Here's a short excerpt about one of her tasks last week that prompted this blog posting:
The seven Acumen Fund fellows showed up to work this morning and were asked to empty our pockets. We were given a paper explaining that our assignment for the day was to write an article from the perspective of the poor about the quality of New York's social services. We were given a $6 metro card, a $5 bill and a paper listing the instructions and some homeless shelters, clinics and food stamp offices. Our challenge was to live for a day as if we were poor so that we could understand better all the day to day struggles of our clients—the poor.
I encourage you to check out the reflection.
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