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A hand up, not a handout

From the June 2004 issue of The Christian Science Journal


"It was during the famine in Ethiopia back in 1984–85," David Orth-Moore explains. "I'd just gotten out of college. And I felt strongly that I wanted to take action to help people." He joined the Peace Corps, which ended up sending him to Senegal, where famine wasn't a problem. But his three-year stint in that West African country confirmed Orth-Moore's desire to "make a contribution" and led to a career in international relief and development.

Currently the Country Representative for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Ghana, Orth-Moore oversees programs that range from agricultural assistance to conflict resolution to HIV/AIDS prevention and education support. Among his responsibilities: providing hot lunches for 225,000 children every day, assistance that enables the children to attend school. Orth-Moore spoke with the Journal by telephone from his office in Accra.

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