We’re slowly reverting to business-as-usual around here instead of Haiti 24/7. We’ll still post content now and again from our communications team in Port-au-Prince, but there are routine matters to attend to, like the Spring magazine fresh off the press.
This issue goes deep into child sponsorship, showing and telling what happens in a brand-new sponsorship project in Burundi. Writer Kari Costanza describes Burundi’s context: ethnic strife, displaced families, weak governance, and deep poverty—a lot to overcome. But get about 1,000 caring U.S. sponsors involved, and that just might be a game-changer. We’ve already seen this happen in Rwanda, just across the border from Burundi and sharing a similar horrid history. Sponsors’ investment there has complemented the efforts of Rwanda’s government to forge a future of progress and national unity—and it’s working. Burundi may have more of an uphill climb, but its people are ready for positive change.
Speaking of unforeseen events, this issue was just about to go on press when the 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti. In a mad rush, we put James Addis on a plane that same night. A few days later, Jon Warren was deployed. Meanwhile, we considered what to do with the magazine. One option was to delay printing and rush to add a feature or section on Haiti. It’s never easy to predict even a few days ahead during an unfolding crisis, and without a clear picture of what James and Jon would contend with on the ground (logistics, access, connectivity), we decided to go forward with the issue, adding a small Haiti article on page 7. The good news is, much of James’ and Jon’s fine work was captured here, and more will come in the Summer magazine (mailing in early May).
Also, starting with this issue, we are posting full articles from the current issue on the “Content” tab above. It’s pretty much the whole magazine, less the gorgeous design, but for that you can download the PDF.
Happy reading … and don’t be shy to tell us what you think!