How I got here…

Hi, I’m Shona McKenna…  I was born in Dublin, Ireland and dragged up everywhere!

When I was small, I lived in Lesotho and Swaziland with my parents and siblings.  We moved back to Ireland in the late 80s.  For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in issues of equity, development and poverty.  I guess growing up in Africa opens your eyes to some of the realities of poverty.  But in truth, it’s only in recent years that I’ve really started to come to grips with understanding it.

I started work with Save the Children this year as an Emergency Shelter Adviser.  I’m writing this page from Islamabad, Pakistan.  It’s funny how wrong you can be when you picture a place in your head.  Islamabad is nothing like I would have imagined.  And poverty is nothing like as simple as I thought it was.

In addition to my work with Save the Children, I’m also studying for a post grad dip in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice.  This year’s modules are Climate Change and Development; Agricultural Trade and Policy and Water Resource Management.  The world has a hell of a lot of challenges facing it, and I spend a lot of my time wondering how we can resolve these issues.

This blog is here for two purposes really.  Firstly, I want to keep a diary of my experiences, I normally try to do this with paper and a pen, but I get lazy and the diary stops.  I’m hoping the fact that this is online will keep me in check and keep me writing.  Secondly, I want to debate the issues that are staring us in the face – and by us, I mean people – I want to have a forum where I can put out my ideas and my friends, family and foes can add to my knowledge.  Oh yeah, and thirdly… I want to detox from Facebook!

So thank you for visiting, and I hope you feel like adding your tuppence ha’penny to my thoughts.

Welcome! 😀




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