Chief Deputy District Attorney Shanon Clowers-Sanborn has proven her understanding of and compassion for the human condition by volunteering not only locally, but also with Help International, which focuses on empowering people to fight global poverty through sustainable, life-changing development programs. Shanon served three separate programs in Peru, Nepal and Uganda.
The more you know of the world, the more you know of yourself, and in turn the more you can do for your community. - Shanon
Nepal is among the poorest and least developed countries of the world where about one fourth of the population live below the poverty line and only 44% of the population speak the official language, Nepali. Diseases are more prevalent in Nepal than in other surrounding Asian countries and malnutrition remains significantly high with about 47% of children under five being stunted, 15% wasted, and 36% underweight.
In Nepal, we were able to spend time at a shelter for displaced child victims of sexual assault, working on empowerment projects. We did health (dental and eye) clinics in villages and women's health education.
Peru is the third largest country in South America, covering nearly 496,225 square miles along the Pacific Ocean. As of 2015, 19.3% of the population lived in poverty and 9% of the population lived in extreme poverty.
We worked with Peruvians to complete projects that co-create change to empower the people of Peru living in poverty.
In Uganda we hosted vision clinics in many villages, spent Thanksgiving in an orphanage, building a school, providing shoes to children, witnessing life changing eye surgeries, providing women's health education, and supporting women creating their own businesses.