Lindsay Doucette

YEAR JOINED MKLM: 2009
COUNTRY: Cambodia
CITY: Phnom Penh
FOCUS: Education, Gender Based Violence, Gender Equity, Peace building

PERSONAL DATA:

Lindsay is originally from Indianapolis, IN, she earned a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish at Butler University and a Master of Public Affairs: Non-profit Management degree from Indiana University. Lindsay completed a semester abroad in Lima, Peru, provided a year of national service as an AmeriCorps VISTA, co-founded a local non-profit “Giving Sum,” and worked for three years as the Program Director for Indiana Campus Compact, promoting civic engagement in higher education.

MKLM WORK:

While in Cambodia with MKLM Lindsay taught English for Employment at the Royal University of Phnom Penh and worked with students to develop a career advising outreach program that has now reached over 4000 high schools students in the rural areas of Cambodia through partnerships with the Peace Corps and grants from the Maryknoll Society.

In 2012, while serving with MKLM, Lindsay became Project Manager of Cambodia-based NGO, “Karol & Setha,” (formerly a Maryknoll program) an educational program focused on relationships and sexuality. Initially K&S aimed at fighting the HIV/ AIDS epidemic, but from the beginning recognized a wider vision of enabling positive gender relationships in a holistic way. Through this approach, K&S tackles key gender based problems with adolescents, young adults, couples and NGO staff.

In 2014, Lindsay studied Applied Conflict Transformation through the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies with peace practitioners from conflict zones throughout south and southeast Asia.

Lindsay joined MKLM out of a desire for something more and she was inspired by the Cambodian people, learned of the incredible richness of communal Catholic life and learned of the beautiful and heartbreaking interdependence of the human family. As Saint Augustine said, “We are restless until we rest in you.” And yet, within the Maryknoll family, Lindsay has been comforted to find men and women sharing a similar vocation and a similar imagination for the way in which the world might be made just a little bit better through sharing and embracing gifts of sincerity, hope and love.

Lindsay served as the Recruitment Manager for Maryknoll Lay Missioners in New York from 2015 to 2017.

CURRENT WORK:
Senior Director of Programs, Solidarity Bridge, a Catholic medical mission organization focused on supporting and equipping medical communities in Bolivia and Paraguay and increasing access to high-complexity surgeries for low-income patients.