Given the challenges that come with the profession, aid work can burn out or dishearten even the most passionate about poverty fight. Renee Martyna knows this quite well.
Martyna and her partner, Steve Munroe, have worked for more than a decade as foreign aid workers, serving in United Nations missions in countries including Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka and Cambodia.
“There were no quick fixes. You could work very hard and still feel like nothing was getting done. And poverty, violence and despair did not make the most inspiring work environment,” Martyna writes in the “How Matters” blog.
To help aid professionals rediscover their passion to promote development, the two set up Satori Worldwide in August 2010. Satori offers restorative retreats for humanitarian workers, international organizations and expatriate families.
“Satori has evolved into a social enterprise dedicated to discovering new and creative ways to improve the lives of global servants. We aim to bring the soul back into development,” according to Martyna.