Across the globefrom the remote villages and cities of Indonesia, Eastern Europe, South America, and Bangladesh"If I Had a Water Buffalo" poignantly details an unending journey of discovery for Dr. Marilyn Fitzgerald. Her global efforts, working as a conduit between donors and recipients, provide an unparalleled opportunity to observe, learn from successes and failures, and ultimately focus on finding a better way. A way for those less fortunate that is not paved with uncertainty and dependency but rather built upon a foundation of voice, dignity, choice, empowerment, and a means to achieve self-sufficiency.
Divided into three parts, "If I Had a Water Buffalo" begins with both heartwarming and heart-wrenching stories of Dr. Fitzgerald’s efforts to visit the international projects and then return home to face a never-ending cycle of soliciting the necessary funding or resources to support the projects and needs of individuals less fortunate. Individuals deprived of opportunities many take for granted but resolute in their determination to seek a better tomorrow for their families. One such individual’s singular request for a water buffalo proved to be the catalyst that placed Dr. Fitzgerald on her path of discovery.
Presented in the remaining two parts of "If I Had a Water Buffalo" are the integration of Dr. Fitzgerald’s academic efforts into the discovery process and concludes with lessons learned; lessons shared. A return to academic life, somewhat unexpected and an interruption to the straight forward path projected, proved to be a fortunate detour, providing a sharper focus on the destination and a smoother, straighter path to continue forward. Offered in Part Three are lessons learned; lessons shared, which represent not the end of the discovery process for Dr. Fitzgerald but merely a brief pause along the way.
Lessons shared in "If I Had a Water Buffalo" transcend their source and may be adopted by businesses, institutions, schools, parents and individuals seeking the best possible sustainable outcomes to life’s situations.
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About the Author
Marilyn A. Fitzgerald, Ph.D., is first and foremost a compassionate individual drawn to the needs of the less fortunate across the globe. As a result of her extensive fieldwork and research at the grassroots’ level of economic and community development, she has become a highly sought speaker, radio guest, and expert consultant in the areas of sustainability, stakeholder negotiations, microfinance and evaluation of project outcome maximization. Dr. Fitzgerald is a clinical psychologist in private practice and has also earned an MBA and president of Common Ground Solutions, LLC. consulting with various organizations.
Table of Contents
Foreword Professor Muhammad Yunus ix
Part I Led by the Heart; Doing Without Understanding 1
1 Focusing on Education and Nutrition 5
2 Funding a Water Buffalo 21
3 The Compass Swings, The Lessons Continue 39
4 A Negotiated Agreement 57
Part II From the Field to The Classroom and Back Again 67
5 Humanitarian Aid and Conflict-An Oxympron No More 71
6 Searching For Answers 79
7 Returning to the Field- As an Observer 89
8 Findings and Discoveries 101
Part III Lessons Learned, Lessons Shared 107
9 Sustainability-To Know It Is to Love It 111
10 Relationship Building 117
11 Negotiation 123
12 Project Management-A Road Map to Success 131
13 Hope For a Sustainable Future 139
Appendix: Research Projects 159