My eyes have opened again. Over these past two years, I've learned so much about the social development space. I've been introduced to issues like human trafficking, environmental abuse, and podoconiosis. My world has gotten bigger. I've had the chance to travel and see parts of the world where poverty is the norm- not the exception. It's been life changing. But recently, through a series of conversations, my own country has gotten bigger. Appalachia. A multi-billion dollar coal industry lives there. It is also the home of 1/3 of the poorest counties in the U.S. Over 50% of the adult population do not have high school diplomas, families live on less than $10,000 annually.
I've ignored it for too long. So, for the next month, I'm going to write about organizations that do work in Appalachia. And once again I'm turning to my readers. What organizations should I write about and highlight that are specifically working to bring sustainable solutions to this area of our country?
Looking forward to learning with you.