Anita with a young mother who has left Venezuela to save herself and her small baby.

Anita with a refugee she met on the streets of Bogota.

Anita holds a refugee baby close in Colombia.

A refugee mother and baby smile through their pain and hunger as they try and make a little money on the streets of Bogota.

ADRA meets and talks with refugees from Venezuela in Bogota.

Refugees from Venezuela, a young couple are grateful for the hospitality of the people of Colombia and gifts from ADRA.

A word of prayer with some refugees from Venezuela.

Refugees from Venezuela try and make a little money by selling artwork that they have made, using the now worthless bills from their country, due to hyperinflation.

Wallets made from money.  Refugees from Venezuela make crafts out of bolivar bills from their country.  Selling them as souvenirs helps them earn a little money.

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Meet the People of Today’s Podcast

Anita M. Odondi is the Emergency Program Director for ADRA Canada.  Hailing from Uganda, Africa, Anita has been serving in the ADRA Network since 2000.  Anita gained firsthand experience in Emergency Response as she worked extensively with ADRA in responding to the Tsunami in Indonesia, Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, and the Earthquake in Haiti.  Joining ADRA Canada in 2013, Anita has worked diligently in implementing emergency responses to disasters here in Canada and around the world.  In this podcast she shares some of her experiences of helping people facing crisis.

Frank Spangler is the Communications Specialist in the Supporter Relations Department of ADRA Canada. When he is not out traveling the world filming and photographing ADRA stories, you will find him at his desk editing videos and photographs to help tell the story of what ADRA does. He also works on the website of ADRA Canada and is now producing this monthly podcast. Frank has been filming and producing videos for ADRA Canada since 1989 as a freelance producer. In 2014 he began working directly for ADRA Canada.

Crystal accepted her first position at ADRA in 2015 as our Supporter Relations Assistant. After 5 years of working in this role, Crystal will now be utilizing her skills in her new role as Fundraising Coordinator. Now she is responsible for producing and conducting analysis on fundraising reports along with coordinating solicitation initiatives and fundraising events. Crystal is fluent in French and looks forward to serving supporters from all over Canada.

Michael Kirkby is the Design and Communications Coordinator for ADRA Canada. He is responsible for creating many of the visuals that ADRA Canada uses at events and in publications across Canada. As a graduate of the International Studies program at Canadian University College (now Burman University) in Alberta, Michael is now happy to use his degree at ADRA. Before taking this position with ADRA in 2014, Michael honed his organizational skills at an asset management firm in Toronto. Michael enjoys visiting our projects in the field and always returns with many photographs, video footage and stories of his adventures.