19 Reasons To Feel Hopeful About the World
1. Andris Bjornson
Long-time Matador member Andris Bjornson has a degree in physics. He’s worked as a wildland firefighter, a State Department diplomat, and an adventure trip leader.
But the reason why Andris is #1 on this list is because of the work he has done in Haiti. Within six days following the January 12, 2010 earthquake, Andris traveled to Port-au-Prince with Inveneo, a non-profit dedicated to improving information communications technology in underserved communities. “Within three weeks we linked 11 NGOs, among them CARE, the IRC, and Save the Children, setting them up with networks so they could connect with their headquarters,” Andris says. “Though the relief effort seem[ed]chaotic, it would be much more so without the technology we were able to put in place.”