International development. Aid. Social responsibility. What do these terms mean? What are the ethical and moral implications? How does one’s culture impact the answers to these questions? We can discuss, explain and debate. And then, you might just know a model that you are comfortable with when you see it.
We spent the day today at EANOR (Escuela de Agricultura del Noriente) Agricultural School of the Northeast. The school was opened about 20 years ago to teach teenagers and young adults from around the country about nutrition, agriculture/agronomy and community development. The school gives about 200 students the tools to go back to their various regions to work and educate their community to further economic development and sustainability. Built on government land, the school has historically been funded by the Guatemalan government, tuition and the donated time of all of the educators.
Two years ago, Israel began supporting the institution through MASHAV, Israel’s development agency. Though its agricultural school, MASHAV seeks to share its technology and innovation around agriculture and, specifically, water use and conservation with EANOR to advance the existing goals of the program.
Partnership to further development, shared knowledge, respecting the goals and values of the recipient program—I am inspired.
Jen Goldberg was born and raised in Wellesley. She earned her B.A. in psychology with minors in sociology and anthropology from the University of Denver, followed by a J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law. Jen practiced law in the private sector for a few years before working at a legal services organization at Boston Medical Center, serving lower-income families with legal needs affecting their physical health. She took a few years off from working outside of the home to raise her two boys, Wes and Wyatt, now 9 and 8. Jen is currently the director of admissions and marketing at Epstein Hillel School, a Jewish independent school in Marblehead.