2000 – 2003
In Laos, Kelley Powell took a volunteer placement with the Gender Development Group to establish one of the first ever domestic violence research projects in the country.
“After I returned to Canada I continued to work on violence against women as a policy analyst with the federal government,” Kelley said. “I became a mother and my children are aware of international development issues and the importance of volunteering. For example, we recently visited a rural village in Nicaragua together, and my daughter is a volunteer in her school’s Me to We club, which raised enough funds last year to build a school in Sierra Leone.”
Kelley’s ongoing connection to Southeast Asia is evident in books she authors—during her Cuso International placement, she wrote an Amazon best-selling novel, The Merit Birds. Currently, she is working on a young adult novel set in Cambodia.