Matthew Pendergast


Where in the World is Morwakee?

October 21, 2009


A group of local villagers crowded around us, some offering suggestions and some just watching the delightful spectacle of a group of foreigners lugging boxes of books. A local colleague who had driven us patiently over rugged, unmarked, rarely-traveled roads, peered at the map on the wall of the school as he tried to find the village of Morwakee -… Read more


Bangladesh’s Election Countdown

December 17, 2008


As Americans catch their breath from a marathon-long election season, the people of Bangladesh are just weeks from casting their ballots in their own historic, long-awaited election.  And just as Americans were glued to newspapers, computers, and televisions in the days preceding our polling day, Bangladeshis are similarly engrossed in local media… Read more


Earth Day 2008: Finding Pogo and The Geography of Hope

April 16, 2008


Two weeks ago, I wrote a post on this blog about going to the Yosemite Valley with a group of Mongolian educators, and I talked about rivers and bugs and the importance of putting environmental monitoring tools directly in the hands of Mongolian citizens (click here to see a short film on the group visiting Yosemite). After the Yosemite trip, I vis… Read more


Mongolian Gold, Sacred Rivers, and Hunting for Bugs in the California High-Country

April 2, 2008


“Everything is connected. John Muir explored these very mountains and came to that same conclusion. That’s how we approach the environment in Mongolia — by understanding that everything is part of a system.” We’re in the car descending into the magnificent Yosemite Valley in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Chris Plante, The Asia Foundation’s… Read more