Happy (almost) New Year!
Last year, Atlas Corps put out an ambitious call to action - to double the size of our organization. In 2011, in honor of our 5th Anniversary and the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps, we wanted to engage 50 Fellows from 25 countries in 100,000 hours of service. Now, I'm proud to report - WE DID IT!!! Thank you for your belief in our mission. Thank you for being an active part of our network. And, above all, thank you for your support. Fellow Lillian Sowande (Nigeria) captures the power of this network:
"The best part of being a Fellow is about the relationships built. Relationships that will surpass the time frame of the Fellowship. It is about hanging out with people I never knew and discovering that we have lots of friends in common. It is about visiting Turkey, Nepal, Mexico or Colombia and not having to worry about where to lay my head, or India and knowing I will be well fed, or Egypt knowing I have my back covered or Uganda or Zimbabwe where a family welcome awaits me there. It is about collaborating with world nonprofit leaders to make change happen. It is about you and me and the generation that will benefit from our relationship."
To celebrate, I share with you the Top 5 Highlights of our 5th Year...Atlas Corps style:
Of course, these achievements happen only because of the support of our network. In our first five years, Atlas Corps proved that when a group of committed individuals unite their investments of $20, $50, or $100, impact happens on a global scale. Let's keep generating that support for global exchange and citizen diplomacy! This year, give the gift of service. Support Atlas Corps. 100% of your contribution directly supports our Atlas Corps Fellows! It is your opportunity to act local, impact global, inspire.
Hmmm, what will your support help us to achieve, in 2012? Stay tuned to find out more! Cheers to making 2011 an unforgettable year. Happy Holidays! Scott Beale, Founder and CEO
Happy Holidays from the Atlas Corps Family to Yours!
How many friends do you have in Nigeria? Well, according to Atlas Corps, you have about 8 - the number of Atlas Corps Fellows from Nigeria. I'd like you to meet Esther Agbarakwe. She joined our network of 100 nonprofit leaders in September 2011 as part of Class 7. It is a network that you have supported through your involvement with Atlas Corps. She wanted to say thank you and share with you all that she has experienced in her first 30 days of service as a Class 7 Fellow from Nigeria serving at Population Action International in Washington, DC. In Esther's words...
When I packed my bags for this trip, I knew that a whole new world awaits me. A world of new challenges; food, wealther, language and people. Even the news of the Earth quake was frightening A month later, sitting in the dinning room with Phil (flatemate and Fellow from Zimbabwe,) during 'Family Time' discussing issues from food, weather, movies to work. Yes work, According to Phil, 80% of my 'talkings' has been about my work, how 'I love my work'. I agree, I am currently in a place to learn, a place where individual creativity and innovative traits are challenged and enhanced for organistional and personal advancement. In addition, Who I was before the fellowship helped (thinking..sometime our past defines our future, but the present help shape it better. No?)It been a great month, I witnessed not only the 9/11 memorial , but also a begining of a lifetime of friendship accross different culture and race within the fellows and people we meet outside the fellowship. I have had a fabulous one month, I feel blessed, inspired, engaged and moreso, a feel like a person who is creating a change in a liitle space. Yes, I have been in many crossroads within this one month, and they have been people who helped and am grateful for that. on the list is Gbenga and phil, co-fellows and my Supervisor at work. When I wake up tomorrow morning siping a hot cup of Kenyan tea looking out of the window, I know that will I see a star rising, a shining one.
-Esther Agbarakwe (Nigeria, Class 7)
Thank you for being an inspiration. Thank you for supporting Esther. Thank you for believing in Atlas Corps...and our ever-growing network of Fellows. Are you interested in increasing your involvement with this inspired individuals? Do you have plans on Wednesday, October 19? It is the final GlobalGiving Bonus Day of 2011.
Our goal: raise $3,000 (Are you ready for the challenge?)
Our commitment: The Atlas Corps team will match $1 for $1 the first $1,500 donated...IN ADDITION, GlobalGiving will match all donations by 30% (up to $1,000 per individual).
Your challenge: Contribute ($1,000, $100, $10) starting at 12:01 AM on Wednesday, October 19 - all donations make a difference.
Let's show our support for Esther (and her Fellow colleagues) as she completes her next 11 months of service in Washington, DC, and continues to be an inspiring nonprofit leader on a global scale.
Can you help us achieve our $3,000 goal?!
Scott and the Atlas Corps Team
Atlas Corps Welcomes Class 7 Brings Fellowship to More than 100 Participants!
"We welcome our Class 7 Atlas Corps Fellows with great enthusiasm—23 nonprofit leaders from 16 countries ranging from Colombia to Nepal to Yemen. These inspiring individuals left their homes—some in times of major social change—to become part of a global network committed to improving our world,” said Atlas Corps Founder and CEO Scott Beale. “Now, more than ever, we see the value in building bridges across cultures and countries in our increasingly globalized world. Atlas Corps’s work to address social issues, develop leaders, strengthen organizations, and promote innovation is achieving this goal by taking a new approach to facilitating international cooperation in the nonprofit sector.”
It is an honor to introduce Class 7, serving in Washington, DC, New York, Atlanta, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Bogota, Colombia!
Serving in the United States
Bolatito Oluwayemisi Ogunbiyi, 28, Abuja, Nigeria (Host: Population Action International
Cristina Andoni, 26, Chișinău, Republic of Moldova (Host: Points of Light Institute)
Demetrio Spinola Guirao, 26, Granada, Spain (Host: Habitat for Humanity)
Diana Flórez Melo, 32, Bogotá, Colombia (Host: Youth Service America)
Esther Kelechi Agbarakwe, 27, Abuja, Nigeria (Host: Population Action International)
Eva Kemigisa Baguma, 33, Kampala, Uganda (Host: America Scores)
Gastón Pierri Gonsebatt, 30, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Host: Global Citizens Network)
Hina Mushtaq, 27, Rawalpindi, Pakistan (Host: Public Health Institute)
Hira Tanveer, 28, Islamabad, Pakistan (Host: Service for Peace)
Ibrahim Mothana, 23, Sana’a, Yemen (Host: MobileActive.org)
Ihsan Karayazi, 29, Kars, Turkey (Host: HasNa)
Jane Wanjiku Kiiru, 29, Nairobi, Kenya (Host: InsideNGO)
Jonathas Freire Barreto, 25, São Paulo, Brazil (Host: Points of Light Institute)
Kay Kim, 26, Seoul, Korea (Host: Service for Peace)
Mohammed Seifeldin Abdalla, 26, Khartoum, Sudan (Host: Susan G. Komen for the Cure)
Mukesh Hamal, 28, Kathmandu, Nepal (Host: Special Olympics)
Oladele Olagundoye, 31, Lagos, Nigeria (Host: GBCHealth)
Patrick Henry Asinero, 29, Davao City, Philippines (Host: International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children)
Renata Chilvarquer, 24, São Paulo, Brazil (Host: Ashoka U)
Serving in Colombia
Benjamin Russell, 26, California, United States (Host Organization: Fundación Capital)
Elisa Lopez, 22, California, United States (Host Organization: Fundación Alejandrito Corazón)
Isabel Quiroz, 28, Texas, United States (Host Organization: Fundación Niños de los Andes)