I'm joining Service Space because ... As a humanitarian advocacy researcher it brings me great joy to be a part of a global community that seeks to bring hope and compassion.
A good day to me is when ... I get to witness small acts of kindness, and when I can give hope to a soul. Moreover, when I can inspire others through my work with women and children on my blog. http://doctoravazquez.wordpress.com
My hero in life is ...any bold spirit that speaks against injustice towards women and children.
My favorite book is ...The Alchemist & The Fifth Mountain By Paulo Coelho
One thing I'm grateful for is ... each breath I take, and for each inspirational vision that my creator helps me nurture.
Jan 03, 2015, 2 smiles In the spring of 2014, Dr. Vazquez had the wonderful honor of receiving a dinner invitation from her former 5th grade student, Marcela Osorio. At the time, this young woman was a pre-med undergraduate student at Williams College. Marcela prefaced the invitation by stating that she had some amazing news to share with her former elementary school teacher. Dr. Vazquez's heart melted when Marcela declared her vision for positive social change, and how Marcela received a grant from the Davis Peace Foundation to fund her project!! What truly touched Dr. Vazquez's heart was when Marcela confessed that her former teacher's research inspired her to try to make a difference too! As a proud Latina scholar, Marcela mentioned how she followed Dr. Vazquez's research blog and how Marcela was always curious about finding a way to make a difference in her parents’ home country of Colombia. As a child, Marcela enjoyed ... Read Full Story
Jun 05, 2014, 2 smiles "An altruistic, collaborative, and collective spirit is quite a powerful force to witness. The forte of many humanitarian hearts determined to serve the needs of our human family is a tenacious force that can reach across vast lands and shift mindsets. It has the strength capable of breaking cultural, political, and socio-economic barriers." ~ABC NEWS CHANNEL 10 SAN DIEGO Press Release. This quote was captured from a press release I shared on my research blog and on the Arts & Music Non-profit Spotlight about my research in Morocco and in Guatemala. I cried when I read it because it celebrated the beautiful synergy that happens when compassionate hearts chose to work towards a common goal of serving humanity. Thank you Nipun ... Awakin Call, Service Space, Proyecto: Mi Hogar, Social Changers without Borders, Culturales, Hiram Melendez,Tanya Torres, Branden Arthur from Arts & Music, and all of the amazing souls who joined me ... Read Full Story
May 22, 2014, 8 smiles On June 7th, I have the blessed opportunity to be a guest on the Awakin Call and share a bit of my story of working in Morocco. Yesterday, there was a press release on the East Coast and today ABC News 10 in San Diego covered the call. Read more here. Wow. Awakin Call is on the map! :) Thank you all for seeing the great promise in my heart for the street children and orphans of Morocco and now Guatemala. I cried today in reflecting how this entire connection started with a simple note of appreciation: "I just watched Designing for Generosity and WOW! I am extremely grateful for your service to humanity. Thank you for promoting inspirational agents of kindness and compassion. The world is a better place because of all of you! I pray that you continue to prosper and carry your wonderful message of 'practicing generosity'. Bravo!" And now, look how the divine universe multiplied the blessings -- and returned it back to me! Thank you, my fellow humanitarians. You are making a big difference in the world.
May 18, 2014, 1 smiles NO MORE SILENCE! A snap shot of a small corner of the book cover artwork that I commissioned Hiram Melendez to do for my research on Moroccan Street Children. Honored to have my eyes as the muse in the corner of this socio-political art-piece. Check out his provocative and politically centered artwork at www.hiramsart.com You can also read more about this Moroccan journey at http://doctoravazquez.wordpress.com/ — with Hiram Melendez.
May 05, 2014, 1 smiles Excited about my next humanitarian research project. I will travel with my research team to Guatemala on behalf of my organization Social Changers without Borders to conduct a Pro-Bono program evaluation for this grassroots NGO serving orphans in Guatemala. It is called Proyecto: Mi Hogar. This in-kind service can cost NGO's over 30,000 dollars but with the help of SCWB...we will help this organization reflect and refine their mission to obtain sizable grants from different foundations. Please keep this organization in your thoughts and prayers. http://www.proyectomihogar.com/
Apr 11, 2014, 3 comments, 1 smiles Moroccan orphans and street children: In my recent research trip to Morocco, a dirty secret was revealed. The issue of child maids in this country. The status of girls in this society and the tragic circumstances that shape the path of so many of these lost girls continues to feed into this country's underground sexual trafficking market. The victims are street children/orphans that try to survive. Many of the girls that end up on the street were once child maids that "grew up" and now didn't want to return to their impoverished rural lives after serving as an uneducated child maid in the big city. Many of these lost girls fall prey to the predatory schemes of pimps promising to help these girls out. This summer the work continues with my research team.
Apr 11, 2014, 3 smiles July 2013 & Feb 2014 I had the great pleasure of launching my research study examining the plight of Moroccan Orphans and Street Children. This little guy still has my heart. He is an illegitimate child of a single mother visiting the asthma ward in a hospital in Rabat. They can't afford an asthma pump so she travels from Sale using the Tram praying that she makes it on time. Here he is happy that I am coloring with him after his treatment. With my limited Moroccan Arabic and a smile, he shared his world. I hope I see him again in July. Keep this work in your thoughts and prayers.