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Re: JustHope --- "Creating Global Partnerships, Combating Poverty, Nurturing Sustainable Community"

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Aired on Tuesday, November 5th.

On this installment of ST, we welcome the founder and executive director of JustHope, which is a Tulsa-based non-governmental organization (or NGO): Leslie Penrose. She formerly worked as a church minister in our community, and she first visited Central America in 1986; about a decade later, Penrose and several colleagues decided, as we read on the JustHope website, "to create a long-term relationship with a single community in Nicaragua --- a community with whom they could wrestle and hope their way into something deeper, something truer, something more mutual; a community who rather than a charity project for them, could become a partner with them in the work of justice. Across the years the relationship grew and developed as both groups risked moving beyond paternalism to solidarity. And along the way, other groups saw what was possible and worked with Leslie to create their own partnerships of solidarity and hope. In 2007, Leslie left the pastoral ministry to pursue the work of creating and nurturing global partnerships full time." On today's ST, Penrose elaborates on how JustHope operates --- the organization's mission, by the way, involves "creating global partnerships, combating poverty, [and] nurturing sustainable community" --- and also on how and why this NGO has been able to meaningfully aid the people of Chacraseca, Nicaragua, a small, impoverished farming community just east of Leon. (You can read more about Just Hope's efforts in Chacraseca here.) Our other guest on the program is Julio Delgado, who works closely with Penrose as JustHope's Director of Operations for Nicaragua. As they tell us on today's show, JustHope will host a "Wine for Water and Hope" benefit --- to build and maintain water systems in Chacraseca and elsewhere --- this coming Thursday evening (the 7th) at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in downtown Tulsa (with doors opening at 6pm); you'll find more information on this benefit at this link.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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