1st Quarter 2019: Confronting the Unexpected & Global Outreach
By Damon Taylor | Senior Advisor, PSYDEH
Josefina (photo by Diogo Heber)
In the 1st quarter of 2019,
we mourn the loss of a colleague while making progress in the field,
our special projects coordinator sets to launch our next crowdfunding campaign, and
we pursue new global relationships
CONFRONTING UNEXPECTED LOSS WHILE PUSHING FOR PROGRESS
In late-January 2019, our colleague Josefina Merced Velasco Velasco died unexpectedly from liver complications. We are devastated by this loss. As one of her peers said on the day of her funeral, and obvious from this tribute video “she was a great source of joy to all those with whom she worked.”
Josefina lived with her husband in the community of El Nandho, San Bartolo Tutotepec where they grew coffee and peanuts and raised pigs. Among the 120 people living in her community, 95% are indigenous, almost 40% of women are illiterate with their averaging a second-grade education. 80% of homes have electricity, but there are no computers, fixed telephones, nor internet. Click HERE to learn more about Doña Josefina.
Like all who face loss, we mourn. And we work to honor Josefina’s legacy by making field progress in 2019 work to promote smart use of the rights to access public information and protect personal data.
THE WOMEN WHO SERVE WITH PSYDEH LAUNCHING A NEW CAMPAIGN
Mahathi Kumar is a U.S. Fulbright-García Robles Scholar to Mexico, 2018-2019 where her day job is English-language academic assistant at La Universidad Politécnica Francisco I. Madero in Tepatepec, Hidalgo. As volunteer Special Projects Coordinator, Mahathi writes, “What strikes me about PSYDEH is the importance of story-telling. Every person has their own story to tell in their own voice. It is an honor to work with a group of people who are so committed to making these stories heard and to harnessing them to make a change."
Mahathi helps PSYDEH with creative material design and production, new internal policy development and leads our newly launched “Sustain Impact” global crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to underwrite our new bilingual female Coordinator of Sustainability, as well as ongoing fieldwork.
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