“A Hole Beneath Our Hearts”

20 Feb

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12 Responses to ““A Hole Beneath Our Hearts””

  1. Daniel O'Neil 20 February, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    I have never before worked such a big disaster and hope to never have to do it again. I m glad that I can help, but I feel that hole in my own heart.

  2. Ian 20 February, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    Anyone and everyone who romanticizes aid work should read this post.

  3. c-sez 22 February, 2010 at 3:05 am #

    Clean water saves lives. So does clean data. Think of excel as a pit latrine. As if you’re not already😛

    • J. 22 February, 2010 at 9:11 am #

      I will never be able to data-enter again without thinking of Excel as a pit latrine..😀

  4. Vasco Pyjama 23 February, 2010 at 7:24 pm #

    I echo Ian’s sentiment above. So many (including myself on occasions in the past) have made it out to seem quite glamorous. Yet over 95% of the job is often things like data entry, recruiting staff, proposals, reports, and so on. Thanks for reflecting reality!

    And well done for doing the data entry. I know of some people who would refuse to do it, and just say that they are ‘too skilled’ to do such work. I’m glad that you just get on and do what needs to be done!

  5. Sharon mcdonnell 24 February, 2010 at 5:03 pm #

    I want to echo the admiration for data-entry expressed by others and the opportunity to re-cast heroism as showing up and entering data.

    people don’t count if we dont’ count them. Pity we haven’t figured out a way to share data entry across the internet with folks sitting all over. I would be delighted to help and if the technology would allow perhaps more people would get both the chance to help and the recognition that most of it is simply chopping wood, carrying water, and data entry.

    Lovely post. Ditto re the idea that it should be required reading to all — aid work is glamorous but it gets in your heart.

    “hunger is a hole beneath our hearts”– Zing!

  6. Ruth 1 March, 2010 at 7:45 am #

    I spoke with a Holocaust survivor once, who told me that (60 years later), the very worst thing about the concentration camp, about losing her father, about life during WWII, was the hunger.


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