Invite to Influence

I am excited to have been invited to be an influencer on LinkedIn. My first post is featured and can be accessed at http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140630150029-42414239-from-crisis-to-unemployment?trk=object-title

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Impromptu Capacity Building

Impromptu life

Some middle school to high school girls ran into me while in village and asked if I could help them understand their menstrual cycles and how to track it.

Community is needed

Hello Community, LIFE

WANPOT has created a crowds funding for our project to make a big impact at the community and national level.  We have pooled our resources and still have some ways to go.  LIFE is an educational program that will inform girls and teachers in various life skill matters such as gender violence, and sexual reproduction health.  However we have a peace building curriculum and after school activities that include clubs and the arts.  All activities are for social and cultural building.  The link for further information is: http://gogetfunding.com/project/life-3Image

Volunteering for the 21st Century

Volunteering for the 21st Century.

Volunteering for the 21st Century

Cuso International

Sometimes I want to provide my skills to those who need them and gain skills in the process. However, with busy schedules it is not always possible to physically be present to do so.  In our digital age and with my exposure to new media, I was increasingly looking for online opportunities.  One day while on a LinkedIn search I came across a discussion on international development.  Since this is an area of interest of mine, I clicked the site and that led me to Cuso International. They are a Canadian NGO that offers different positions ranging from E-volunteer to Diaspora agent.  I searched their site for information such as their mission, and what I saw was aligned with my goals and mission in life.  Next up was to find what positions I qualified for and to apply.  After a few more days of research I came across a position for an online Grant Writer and Researcher/ Mentor for a local NGO in Jamaica.  I have experience as a grant writer but not so much as a researcher in a formal setting.  Therefore, it was the researcher piece that really drew me in.  I wanted to see if my researcher abilities in my personal affairs would translate smoothly in the business world.  I eventually applied and went through the hiring process and today I am an E-Volunteer with Cuso International for 3 months.  I think this is so fitting that my motto is think global live global for this position because I was interested in learning and working in another part of the world which I have never visited.  With the help of the internet and its vastness, I am now able to communicate, build relationships, and network with people in Jamaica, Canada, and the United States, and the United Kingdom.  There is only one word I can think of to describe all this…AWESOME!!!

Raising the Vital Voices

Launching a new project for the summer months. The theme is Youth Advocacy and Child Rights.

This is radio campaign in order to promote the rights of the children. This program consists of creating stories in order to promote children’s rights, training radio hosts, and finally how to speak about child rights and abuses of those rights in the presence of children in a sensitive manner. The stories will be broadcasting through different radio stations. Topics will include school attendance (especially for girls), right to freedom of expression, against female genital mutilation. I hope to achieve awareness to the greater population of the plight of children to exercise their rights.

 http://rising.globalvoicesonline.org/microgrants2014/2014/03/29/burkina-faso-i-have-rights-too-child-rights/

West African Insight

Wow I cam across this post of one of my community projects recently (http://westafricainsight.org/articles/PDF/270). It is ongoing and participation even in the form of advice and volunteering/ e-volunteering is valued. Contact me if interested (internationalesawyer@gmail.com)

http://westafricainsight.org/articles/PDF/270