Dr. Andrea Freidus is an assistant professor of anthropology at UNC Charlotte. She specialises in applied and medical anthropology. She also has an MPH in global public health. She has worked in Latin America, Africa, and South Florida. Her research has looked at the rise of grassroots transnational organisations targeting aid to orphans in Malawi, southern Africa. She explores the emerging global connections among volunteers, donors, development workers, program organisers and the directors associated with these organisations and the children they serve.