Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières & Partners in Health

Please think about donating.

Support Doctors Without Borders in Haiti

My heart goes out to Haiti.

I’ve also donated to Partners in Health, the organization created by the amazing Dr. Paul Farmer to help the poor in Haiti receive health care.  You can read about his life and work in Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder. Dr. Farmer has also written books on the spread of infectious diseases, especially among the poor. I almost did a PhD in Public Health because of his research. I am still very interested in the connections between governments, access to health care and poverty and sometimes I wish I had gone into biology and medicine instead of foreign languages. Not that I don’t think teaching & learning languages is extremely important because it certainly is, it’s just that I also believe helping every human being stay healthy and alive is equally important – and I wish I could help more instead of just sending money.

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  • Nadege

    Leesa from “News from France” recommended Health partners. I sent $100. As horrible as this earthquake was, I think good thing will happen to Haitians from now on.

  • Nadege

    Leesa from “News from France” recommended Health partners. I sent $100. As horrible as this earthquake was, I think good thing will happen to Haitians from now on.

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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