Katerina Canyon (Nepal)

Katerina Canyon (CONCERN)

Katerina Canyon (CONCERN in Nepal): Prior to her fellowship Katerina obtained a BA in creative writing from Saint Louis University, where she wrote for OneWorld Magazine and University News. She served as an international affairs intern at the Peace Economy Project, where she researched U.S. spending and involvement in military actions. At the time of her fellowship Katerina was studying for an MA in Law and Diplomacy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. After her fellowship, Katerina wrote: “I look at the world and children differently. I am now starkly aware of the differences between the U.S. and other parts of the world.” kcanyon@advocacynet.org

03 Sep

Just a Girl

Not quite a woman but carries the burden of a mother brick laden knock-kneed and hunchbacked age 8 She is gray-haired gray faced showered with brick dust that settles in the fault lines of her brow Her emphysemic breath chugs like an old train running on coal dust as she carries her fourth load, fifth […]

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Posted Sep 03, 2014

01 Sep

Home Again

Last Sunday, after 36 hours of flights and layovers, I made it back home to Boston, and now after several more hours of sleep, I’m ready to share the summary of my last week in Nepal. It was a pretty exciting last week.Gisele Bolton (Advocacy Project Peace Fellow), Bijaya Sainju (executive director of CONCERN-Nepal), and I […]

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Posted Sep 01, 2014

12 Aug

Artistic Depictions of Child Labor

Recently, CONCERN-Nepal held a painting contest for students in Bhaktapur. Students gathered from all over the area carrying their paints, colored pencils, and markers in order to paint their depictions of child labor.  If you aren’t familiar with Bhaktapur, I should tell you, it is a beautiful ancient city with the best preserved palace grounds […]

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Posted Aug 12, 2014

06 Aug

Kids Doing It for Themselves

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a Children’s Club Conference. Well over a hundred children from the ages of 5 to 17, all dressed neatly in their school uniforms, attended from throughout the city of Kathmandu. They met to discuss and brainstorm on the problem of child labor, because who understands the problems […]

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Posted Aug 06, 2014

30 Jul

A Call to Arms Against Child Labor

Last week, I took a trip to Bhaktapur with Dr. Bijaya Sainju, the executive director for CONCERN for Children and Environment-Nepal, for a press conference that CONCERN was hosting. At approximately 74 kilns, Bhaktapur has the greatest concentration of brick factories in Nepal. Over the past several years, CONCERN has initiated a significant number of […]

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Posted Jul 30, 2014

21 Jul

The Unseen Children

Home in America, I’m often struck by the lack of children. Not that I never see children at all, but there are times I can go days without seeing them. The park across from my apartment in Medford, Massachusetts often sits quiet and empty. Last Halloween, I think I only had six trick-or-treaters knock on […]

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Posted Jul 21, 2014

17 Jul

Bits of My Life in Kathmandu

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Posted Jul 17, 2014

11 Jul

A Visit to the Brick Factory

Last weekend was a pretty busy weekend for me.  I had the opportunity to visit a brick factory in Lalitpur.  I went there with an image of post-colonial British brick-making in mind, something akin to T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland.  I expected plumes of smoke and coal-dusted walls and faces, but it was not like that […]

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Posted Jul 11, 2014

28 Jun

Nepal’s Human Trafficking Narrative

As I mentioned in my last post, the State Department released the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report.  I had the opportunity to read Nepal’s narrative.  Here’s a summary and a few of my thoughts. Nepal’s narrative reports that Nepal is a Tier 2 Trafficking Country, which is not bad considering Nepal’s current state of economic […]

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Posted Jun 28, 2014

22 Jun

The 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report and Other Thoughts on Human Complacency

So this week wasn’t one of the most productive weeks of my life.  I started off Sunday at CONCERN working on a grant application in order to gain support for CONCERN’s women and children’s advocacy program, which we are trying to fund.  This program would help educate public entities about the enforcement of human rights […]

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Posted Jun 22, 2014

14 Jun

We Need to Fight Against Child Labor Everyday

I arrived to Kathmandu late Monday night. After close to 30 hours of flights and layovers, I was very excited to be here; however, part of me was disappointed because I arrived at night and I wouldn’t be able to truly see the city until the morning. I am staying with a wonderful family in […]

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Posted Jun 14, 2014

29 May

What Do I Expect During My Fellowship?

I honestly do not know what I should expect from this fellowship opportunity.  In my experience, the minute you make plans or set expectations, something colossal will happen to change those plans and expectations. Therefore, I expect anything to happen, and I am prepared for everything to happen. I have spent a great deal of […]

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Posted May 29, 2014





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