Susi Wyss

About 20 years ago, I moved to the Central African Republic as a Peace Corps volunteer. When I left two years later, I realized—as many volunteers do—that I’d gotten much more out of the experience than I’d been able to give in return.

Fast forward to today, almost a year after my book, The Civilized World, was published. During that year, I’ve been blessed with a terrific response—positive reviews, an Oprah endorsement, people attending my readings, strangers contacting me to tell me the book touched them. Once again, I was on the receiving end.

It’s high time I gave something back.

And so, to mark the one-year publication anniversary of The Civilized World—and to commemorate World Water Day on March 22—I’ll be donating my proceeds from the book’s sales during the month of March to an organization called Integrated Community Development International. ICDI works almost exclusively in the…

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