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COVID-19, Notes from the Field

How to Survive a Disaster, Part 4: In a crisis, you learn what business you're in

Posted on Apr 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

In a crisis that requires handwashing, clean water is indispensable. In a crisis that demands quarantine and medical treatment, clinics and clinicians are indispensable. If our businesses were to survive to serve our communities after the pandemic, we had to serve our communities during it — cost what it might. If you are in the position to make choices about whom to help during this disaster, be aware of what you are doing. How you use the power you have right now will clarify what business you are in.

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COVID-19, Notes from the Field

How to Survive a Disaster, Part 3: Survival builds expertise

Posted on Apr 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Misfortune survived turns into expertise. When ECI began ten years ago, our founders, Ben Affleck and Whitney Williams, decided to invest in exactly that kind of expertise. Rather than parachuting into eastern Congo to set up well-meaning “programs,” the way most international humanitarian organizations do, Ben and Whitney realized that Congolese people were already solving the challenges they faced — with greater skill, wisdom and ingenuity than foreigners ever could.

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COVID-19, Featured, Health

How to Survive a Disaster: Lessons from Eastern Congo

Posted on Apr 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

At this moment of global crisis, our executive wants to share some of the ideas he has learned from a lifetime of partnership with people who have been through the unimaginable and survived. At a time of confusion and despair, these ideas might help you find your way to clarity, and even hope. We're calling this series "How to Survive a Disaster."

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