Zahara Heckscher

Zahara lived a life dedicated to social justice, tirelessly campaigning on a wide range of social issues from ending apartheid in South Africa to ensuring cancer patients in the US have access to life-saving medicines. Her career as a writer and social justice organizer was grounded in her work overseas: volunteering to plant fruit trees in rural Zambia and helping to build a medical clinic in Nicaragua. With Joe, she was a co-author of How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas and she was a contributing editor and regular columnist at Transitions Abroad. Her articles have been published in Community Jobs magazine and in the book Global Backlash: Citizen Initiatives for a Just World Economy. She had an M.A. in International Development from American University. After nearly a decade of battling with cancer, Zahara died just as this book was being readied for publication. She has left many legacies to this world that will continue to have an impact for generations; we hope this book will be one of them.

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