Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Pat Campbell’s Letter From The Field

Former Palms volunteer Patrick Campbell and Solomon Islander Naka with their new solar panel.

After spending time to understand the culture, the people and language, it is now like being at home where, when you observe, you do not just see the images but the bigger picture, who is who, what they are doing and why.


As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems. Inequality is the root of social ills. - Pope Francis (Joy of the Gospel 202)