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Hub Stories: Mercy Corps’ Development Officer Challenges Changemakers to Examine our Giving Habits

[Name]: Mary Tam

[Areas of Expertise]: Fundraising, Community Development, International Relief

[Memory Lane]: 

While interning in Kyrgyzstan, I learned about some of the logistical challenges of doing programming abroad. If you’re doing cash distribution, you can’t just acquire the money and hand it out to a bunch of people. You have to be really strategic about who’s getting the money. It’s ideal to have two waiting areas to manage the flow– because if you don’t people tend to flood in and crowd the table. That’s not a comment on other countries– the same thing would happen here. It’s just people. I ride the N in the morning, I see what happens! Continue reading


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