April 30, 2010
I have the highest respect for the people at CPALI and their accomplishments. As a three-month volunteer, I witnessed a tireless work ethic, genuine desire to improve the lives of people around them and courage. I was in Madagascar at the early stages of CPALI's efforts. The challenges CPALI faced in establishing a novel wild cottage silk industry in such a remote place were daunting. Nothing was known about wild silk moths native to the area, rearing techniques needed to be developed, local people seemed to be resistant to change and knew nothing of silk production and the area in which they worked was remote even for the Malagasy staff. Supplies were difficult to locate, access to internet at the time was very limited and hurricanes were not uncommon. As a team, CPALI staff and director had the collective expertise, forethought and resilience necessary to tackle such challenges. Even though I was a temporary volunteer, CPALI staff respected my ideas and thoughts and made me feel like an integral part of the team. I saw them treat others similarly.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
tireless, committed and genuine.
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MY ROLE:Former volunteer & For 3 months, I assisted CPALI staff to identify candidate wild silk moths for their breeding program and develop relationships between CPALI and other nonprofits.