Mar 25, 2011

St. Patrick's Day - in Guatemala

So I missed St. Patrick's Day in Boston! How was it? I did celebrate at work with a quesadilla and some fried plantains for lunch that Sara made. Isn't that how you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? The day doesn't appear to be too big of a deal here. If it was, I wasn't invited to the party. We did see some fireworks going off last night across the city, which had potential to have something to do w/ St. Patrick's Day. But we're not sure. Oh well. I hope you had a good one!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Things are pretty tranquilo around the office. Plenty going on around me, but I've just been plugging away at editing some proposals that are soon to go out. EcoLogic's Regional Director, Sebastian Charchalac, just returned to the office after spending a few days with colleagues at Oxfam, learning about their Savings for Change program they are implementing in central Guatemala and sharing some of our experiences regarding institutional capacity building. I'm interested to hear what he learned and what kind of lessons or experiences could be transferred to our work. Understanding some microsavings techniques could prove beneficial for some of our local partners.

This weekend, Sara and I will be heading to Lago Atitlan with another Sarah who is interning with EcoLogic. Expect some pictures of volcanoes and shiny water next week!

- Chris Patterson, Program Officer for EcoLogic
Chris collaborates closely with the senior program officer by writing grant proposals and project reports, investigating potential funders, and following trends in philanthropy, conservation, and international development. Chris was a fellow for the Ford Foundation's Difficult Dialogues Project and has documented his time working from EcoLogic's regional office in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala from March to June, 2011. 

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