It's been ten years since I started flying to the remote regions of Peru as an advocate for equal access. The cyberwarfare threats were extreme in many parts of the world: China was blaming the United States and key innovations in Africa and the Middle East were being ignored. In Peru and India thieves stole cable, copper, anything we tried to put up to keep the internet alive. The private satellite companies have been helpful to some extent but there's only so much we can do to help this region stay connected when weapons rule the land and its minions.
We split our time between chocolate cooperatives in Peru, Costa Rica, Belize & the United States with occasional trips back to the Ivory Coast and Ghana. Every place has special meaning and it took us many years to connect these spaces and facilitate communication across one story, one industry. In ten years we've seen every child given access to education and the internet and child slavery has been eradicated. We know this is a tremendous step forward for every people in every country, working in every industry. Evoke partners made sure of it.
It takes time, great care and effort to move these mountains. We have a safe and thrivable community in California where we are able to grow our own food and live relatively light on the land. My husband thankfully is an energy pioneer who builds renewable systems capable of supporting villages; we are often asked to come in and help communities strategize and build power, light and communications packages for remote regions.
Life is fulfilling and full of joy even as we see great challenges, there are always great triumphs too. Our world knows a very different balance now and it is a good time to be a bridgebuilder, a connecter between the worlds.