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Painfully Honest
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A beautiful thing has happened in the last few decades. . It has become increasingly popular and Instagram-worthy to travel to the developing spaces in our world and Help.  This book describes the author’s painfully honest journey to learning how our HELP often ends up hurting because we are generally ignorant of the complexities within the developing countries or zones and because we have believed the single story about the people who live there.  We also go in believing that we are the saviors in the situation.   Because of that, we begin with the wrong questions, if we ask questions at all. 


In this book, the author, Kathy Brooks, shares how she, a social entrepreneur, came to terms with her own ignorance and savior mentality. She writes openly about her mistakes, which are partly hilarious and partly heart-stopping. These are the stories of a recovering Helper who arrived in Gonaives Haiti and built a small company, 2nd Story Goods, despite her many blunders. 


It also is the narrative of great and gentle hope. It is an inspiring tale that is honest about personal faith and failures. She takes the reader through story after story of what happens when we learn to ask the right question and climb down off the self-imposed pedestal of rescuer and onto the path of becoming a true ally. Hers is a journey of learning respect and discarding pity. 

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2nd Story Goods

Founded by Kathy Brooks in 2011, 2nd Story Goods is a non-profit artisanal social enterprise located in Gonaives, Haiti. We fight poverty by employing local makers to create home goods and accessories from locally-sourced and upcycled materials, for a living wage. 

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The Painfully Honest Podcast
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“Connection is a solution to Separation”

The problem in Separation. 
The solution is Connection.

When we get honest and share our stories we discover we have many connections. We’re more similar than different. This podcast is about having honest conversations. 

We believe that there is both goodness and suffering in the world and we are all change agents here. 

We explore: 
-Current events
-Topics of interest in communities and in the world
-People of interest 
The goal of this podcast is to create connection. Tell MORE of the story!


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