Help Our Peace Fellows to Serve and Learn!

by The Advocacy Project
Help Our Peace Fellows to Serve and Learn!
Help Our Peace Fellows to Serve and Learn!
Help Our Peace Fellows to Serve and Learn!
Help Our Peace Fellows to Serve and Learn!
Help Our Peace Fellows to Serve and Learn!
Help Our Peace Fellows to Serve and Learn!
Help Our Peace Fellows to Serve and Learn!
Help Our Peace Fellows to Serve and Learn!
Help Our Peace Fellows to Serve and Learn!
Help Our Peace Fellows to Serve and Learn!

Project Report | Jun 4, 2024
Welcome to our 2024 Peace Fellows!

By Iain Guest | Project Coordinator

Olivia gets a warm welcome in Kenya
Olivia gets a warm welcome in Kenya

This report is going to friends who have donated $82,860 to our fellowship program, Fellows for Peace, through GlobalGiving. Thank you!

Your support has enabled us to send 43 graduate students abroad to volunteer with partner organizations since 2016, and we are delighted to welcome another seven Fellows to the program this summer. This year's cohort is the largest since 2018 and the best evidence that we are over the pandemic!

This report introduces our new Fellows, their hosts and the programs they will work on.

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Adin (Harvard University) will work on a new start-up to produce mosquito repellent from Neem trees in tribal villages of Odisha State, India. This project is run by Jeevan Rhekha Parishad and is central to JRP’s impressive malaria program, although Adin’s first challenge could well be the weather. Odisha is currently suffering from extreme heat and will shortly enter the Monsoon season, which Adin wrote about in his first blog.

Olivia (Fletcher School, Tufts University) is the latest of several talented Fellows to work at Children Peace Initiative Kenya (CPIK). This summer, she will help CPIK develop a start-up to build climate resilience among pastoralists in the Northwest. As well as accompanying the CPIK team to meet with herders, Olivia will help her hosts to build international support for this timely initiative. Her first blog describes her warm welcome in Kenya.

Annie (Fletcher School) will work at Backward Society Education (BASE) in Tulsipor, central Nepal. BASE has been an AP partner since 2008 and for some years we worked together to end the practice of forcing girls (known as kamlaris) into domestic slavery. Annie will study that campaign and use the lessons learned to help BASE develop a start-up for former Badi women who were forced into prostitution by caste. Annie has considerable experience of working abroad, which should help her to cope with the 17-hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Tulsipor!

Madeleine, a student of conflict resolution at Georgetown University, will work with Burmese advocates from Chiang Mai in Thailand, close to the Thai-Burma border. The conflict in Burma is at a boiling point, but Maddy’s first blog finds it has been overshadowed by the Middle East and Ukraine. She hopes to change this by profiling survivors of the conflict in Burma, including those fleeing conscription and environmental degradation. Maddy will also introduce her hosts to the Alliance for Peacebuilding in Washington, an international network of over 200 community-based advocates.

Julia (University of George Washington) has a background in environmental engineering and will help the Gulu Disabled Persons Union (GDPU) install WASH at the Kulu Opal primary school in Gulu District, Uganda. The work is not easy, as we showed in this recent profile of Emma who manages the program, but Julia is undaunted! In addition to Kulu Opal, she will help Emma to advise other schools about WASH and make soap for the schools at the GDPU center. Julia will also help a second AP partner in Uganda, Women in Action for Women, to produce embroidered butterflies for a third Sister Artists quilt challenge.

The Raven (George Washington University) will support Shield of Faith, the inspiring association of single mothers who are working to reduce pollution and strengthen food security in the informal settlements of Nairobi. We profiled the group in this recent video. The Raven is particularly strong in social media, which should help Shield of Faith to build new international contacts.

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As well as selecting this strong team, we have also introduced some changes to the fellowship program this year.

Support for Fellows: We doubled the stipend to $2,000 and began recruiting earlier than last year. This has given everyone time to get well prepared and fully absorb our new security protocols.

Social media: We hope that Fellows will help their hosts to expand their use of social media. While the choice is obviously theirs, we are suggesting that they use at least four platforms – Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok and Linkedin – and post at least once a week. Fellows will then help their organizations to share each other’s posts. Our seventh Fellow Maddy (University of York) will coordinate from the UK. Hopefully, Maddy's firm hand on the tiller will boost our own use of social media at AP!

Virtual office: Fellows will help their hosts to use our Google Drive as a virtual office. Every partner will have a page on the Drive where they can edit documents, record expenses, post photos, and upload data to an “output tracker” for use in reports. All of this builds organizational capacity through good practice and increases the prospects for sustainability.

South to South collaboration: We will encourage Fellows to explore collaboration between their hosts. For example, Adin’s host in India (JRP) has developed a successful model for preventing malaria. Malaria is a growing scourge in northern Uganda, where Julia will be deployed. Hopefully, Julia and Adin can start building bridges.

The AP Board: We are asking our board of directors to follow the blogs of Fellows even more actively than they have in the past. This makes sense because our Board is increasingly diverse and representative of our network. Seven of the twelve members are women. Five are former Peace Fellows. Two are expert quilters. Our newest director, Stella, is the first board member to head a partner organization in Africa (Shield of Faith in Nairobi). Hopefully she will not be the last!

Thank you again for your support. And please – follow the Fellow blogs and leave a comment!

In gratitude

Iain and the AP team.

Adin will work to prevent malaria in India
Adin will work to prevent malaria in India
Annie will support Badi women in Nepal
Annie will support Badi women in Nepal
Julia will improve WASH in Ugandan schools
Julia will improve WASH in Ugandan schools
Madeleine will advise peacebuilders from Burma
Madeleine will advise peacebuilders from Burma
The Raven will support composting in Kibera, Kenya
The Raven will support composting in Kibera, Kenya
Madeleine will help Fellows with social media
Madeleine will help Fellows with social media
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