The Advocacy Project is seeking funds for our fellowship program, which has deployed 332 students to serve with advocates in the Global South since 2003. We offer exciting field fellowships to graduates like Dawa from Texas A and M (top photo) who worked with girls in Zimbabwe this past summer. We also invite creative undergraduates and high school students to join our team remotely. Faced by global threats like the pandemic our students are hungry to engage. Please help us to make it happen!
AP seeks to empower marginalized communities, and COVID-19 has made this more urgent but also more difficult than ever. Our current partners include survivors of war rape in Uganda; girls at risk from marriage in Zimbabwe; River Gypsies in Bangladesh; families of the disappeared in Nepal; and women in the settlements of Nairobi. All faced poverty and discrimination even before the pandemic. Our challenge is to find a practical way to help them earn money and provide an outlet for their talents.
We have transferred almost $150,000 to 52 projects in the South since 2020 and our 34 Peace Fellows are one reason for this success. Four graduate Fellows worked with partners in Zimbabwe, Nepal, Uganda and Zimbabwe this summer. Another 4 undergraduates and high school students supported partners remotely from the US. This model produces North-South friendships and inspires innovative local solutions to big challenges like climate change and child marriage. Help keep it going in 2023!
2022 shows how 10 weeks of support from a talented student in the US can open the way to change in the South. For example, Dawa (top photo) is the latest Peace Fellow from the US to help girls in inner-city Zimbabwe build a soap business. This year they will sell an astounding 16,000 bottles, enabling them to complete school and avoid early marriage. This long-term perspective is built into all projects and our organizational DNA. It also makes our fellowships deeply satisfying and educational.
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