A Haircut for Human Rights

A Haircut for Human Rights

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May 21, 2020

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Gonzalo Duarte is many things: CSI Annex’s Community Manager, the Executive Director of Compañeros Partners, an avid father, dog-walker, and aspiring designer. He is also a man with dark, thick, luscious hair. Don’t be jealous, he’s about to cut it all off.

In early May when Gonzalo’s spouse told him about Jose Martinez, a 26 year old from Esteli, Nicaragua, who was shot and consequently paralyzed during a peaceful protest for human rights, he knew he wanted to do something. But what?

The answer came quickly, right off the top of his head: in the midst of quarantine, without a proper haircut in 13 weeks and left to its own devices, Gonzalo’s big hair has grown “outrageously puffy” (his words!). So now he is fundraising to cover Jose’s on-going health-related expenses for a six month period and if Gonzalo reaches his $1000 goal, he will cut his locks into a fauxhawk. A stark contrast to his usual short, cropped cut.

 

Gonzalo says, “Jose is bouncing back with an amazing amount of resiliency common to the people of Nicaragua. Faced with a sudden life-changing event, Jose is eager to demonstrate some ability to look after himself and relieve pressure on his family. His determination in the face of adversity is the reason I want to get a haircut for human rights.” 



But that’s not all: if his fundraiser reaches $2000 Gonzalo will add colour to the ‘do and donate to
CSI’s Community Resilience Fund which is helping people deal with COVID-19 and reimagining a planet-friendly economy. 

We’re proud of our teammate’s dedication to these two causes — one local, one global — and can’t wait to see his wild new hair on our next Zoom call. Donate now to make sure it happens!