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- John Bunyan

Recent Trip to Pakistan: Marshall Direct Funds Life-changing Work

I wanted to introduce our partner, Marshall Direct Fund, and give you a glimpse of the work they are doing and the lives they are changing. This is Jodi Fischer’s account of her recent trip to Pakistan…truly inspiring so read on! Jodi Fischer- I’m often asked for a download after I return from Pakistan. It’s…

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Happy New Year!

Greetings, Briya fans! I hope you all had a fun holiday season. I decided to take things to Paris, France this year, with a brief detour to Seville, Spain, so you won’t hear any complaints from me. As we head into a new year, I decided it was time to shake things up a bit.…

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The Gypsy

Wow, first of all, I want to thank all you Briya fans for your patience. The past few months have presented a wide range of unexpected twists and turns that I suppose are inherent in starting any new business. And although I am always up for an adventure, when you have a destination in mind,…

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The Magic of El Poblado

First off, I should provide you with some background on the Genesis Foundation and their “First Learning Steps (FLS)” Program (Primeros Pasos in Spanish). It is a cutting edge approach that addresses the extreme inequalities and inadequate resources that deprive children of quality educational opportunities in the regions affected most by the ongoing conflict and…

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Next stop, Ciénaga, Colombia

The next morning, Yusef and I made another early morning of it and caught a bus towards Santa Marta. The Genesis Foundation had arranged for me to visit one of its schools in a small town close to Santa Marta, which was located relatively close to Maicao. Yusef decided to accompany me as far as the…

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Mission Accomplished!

I am so glad that I had the opportunity to visit Maicao and La Magdalena, but I have to confess, I am glad to be ‘home’. It truly felt like I landed in a different country. Excited to get off the plane and breathe in fresh air, I was quickly reminded that I was now…

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A Trip to La Guajira

  Tomorrow I will be heading to the La Guajira region of Colombia to visit Maicao and Santa Marta. Maicao is a town where many of the Wayúu people reside. Diana’s boyfriend, Yusef, just happened to be traveling there to visit one of his best friends from childhood, so Diana jumped on the chance to…

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La Imparable (the unstoppable girl)

As determined and resourceful as I like to think I am, had I not met Diana Rojas, I might have already caught a plane back to Colorado. My friend, Victor, came across her name through a network of artisans, “Artesanias de Colombia” and she and I began corresponding through email and facebook. She helped calm…

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Trial by Fire

8/8/2014 Wow, I really just had no idea what I was getting myself into! Briya bags was born out of a desire to help children get the resources they need to thrive. The bags- a tool to get the resources from places that have them to places that don’t. It seemed so simple. I travel…

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Day 3

Day three in Colombia and things are progressing beautifully. Besides that fact that my wardrobe selection was a bit off, (packed all summer dresses and have so far purchased gloves, thermal tights, a sweater, and a scarf) I have already settled into a beautiful routine- morning run at my neighborhood gym, setting up my mobile office…

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