Join us in giving our newly hired Program Manager, Dan Osnato, a warm Shanta welcome!
“I joined Shanta because decades of research on aid effectiveness tells us that the village development model Shanta created is how development work should be done.”
Dan Osnato recently joined Shanta Foundation as Program Manager after ten years of humanitarian work in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Haiti. His role is to ensure the quality and sustainability of Shanta’s village development work in Myanmar. Dan’s time will be split between Shanta’s office in Durango, Colorado and the Myanmar field offices and partner villages of our national implementing partner, Muditar.
Having spent the month of January with the Muditar staff to understand how they do what they do, and how he can best support them, Dan shared some initial thoughts:
“I have lived and worked in some pretty rough, remote places. But I was shocked to see how neglected these villages we’re partnering with have been for so long, and how sweet and funny the people are in the middle of what we would call ‘scratching out a living’. There is a natural resistance to taking even small chances to make a better life when you’re that close to the edge. But it’s been amazing to see how the Muditar staff – some from the same villages we have partnered with in the past – connect with their counterparts to build the confidence it takes to flourish as a community.”
All of us at Shanta and Muditar are thrilled that this talented and compassionate leader has joined our team. Together, we can make a substantial difference in the lives of those who have so little. With your support, villagers can secure new opportunities to better their lives, their families, and their communities.