international development

Guatemala Scholarship Fund

Dear Editor:

Enclosed are my memories of how the Guatemala Scholarship Fund (now “Progresa”) was started in the small Quaker meeting in Guatemala. The 1974 letter of appeal (enclosed) seems almost naively amusing! Please edit these in any way you feel appropriate.

– Pat Habicht, Taos, NM


A Girl with Vision and Resolve

When Veronica Obodo-Eckblad is asked about her escape from war-torn Nigeria as a seven-year-old, she is cryptic. That’s because her emphasis – actually, her life’s focus – isn’t on herself. What drives her is her commitment to others and to a dream. That dream morphed into conviction and then into reality. But we are getting ahead of ourselves in this gripping story, so let’s settle down.

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