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MicroAid International - Redux

Season 4, Ep. 111

Jon Ross, the founder and head of Micro Aid International joined Rebecca and Alan on the patio of Ellington in the Park on a beautiful Autumn afternoon.  Jon Ross was with on BCR #36 at Vino Laventino – where we no longer record because the owner kicked Alan out several months ago – but that is another story. 

In our previous conversation, we got into some depth on Jon's life and work building single-family, multi-generational homes in third word disaster areas. Now he is carrying out this important work during a global pandemic. Micro/Aid International is a non-profit that goes into third world disaster areas after the NGOs, Government agencies,   news media have left and builds single homes by accessing the local economy and resources. Please consider contributing to their efforts.

Contact Rebecca and Alan at barcrawlradio@gmail.com

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