How Our 2015 Grantees Empowered and Advanced Their Communities
Anna Cait W.
Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Anna Cait worked with Mariposa DR Foundation on a project she designed to widen the scope of leadership skills among impoverished adolescent girls in the Dominican Republic.
The goal was to foster a strong sense of self and direction, so these young women enact change in their lives and communities. Through trauma stewardship, personal development and transformation work, and a hands-on study of conscious social change, the young women of Mariposa live out the program’s core tenets of confidence, agency, and purpose.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
David worked with 2SeedsNetwork, whose aim is to partner with local Tanzanians to address challenges in the agricultural value chain in order to improve food and income security.
Despite my repertoire of experiences in Tanzania, my short time in Dar has been more challenging and more eye-opening, I would argue, than even my first several months in the country. As a result, I have grown and learned a tremendous amount in ways that I could have never expected.
I now have a greater understanding for Ecuadorian culture and perspectives; I have learned to take advantage of the time that I have and to be more patient. My time teaching English with the Arajuno Road Project is an experience I will never forget.
My work at Abundant Water mainly consists of quality control monitoring of the filters. Every filter is tested for ten days to ensure the flow rate - the speed at which water passes through the filter - falls within the acceptable range. The flow rate falling into this range ensures that the water is passing through the filter slowly enough that harmful bacteria and viruses can be removed but fast enough that it can supply enough water for one family.
Cape Town, South Africa
Alysha worked with Doctors without Borders (MSF) project in Khayelitsha, South Africa, focusing on developing new models to prevent, treat, and eradicate HIV and tuberculosis.
As part of the HIV team, I was plunged into the field of infectious disease and was rudely awakened by how far away South Africa is from speaking about HIV as a thing of the past, with over one in 10 South Africans currently living with the virus. The grip that the epidemic still has in countries like South Africa instilled a sense of urgency within me.
I see myself as part of the global Deaf community. It is our nature to seek out and connect to each other, despite differences in language, culture, and customs. We all have a strong inherent need for communication because gainful and total communication has been denied to us many times growing up, and prejudices and misconceptions about us are common.
The national risk advising organization in Guatemala, called CONRED, has said they like my project and they want to have the work submitted to them in order to get official approval! This is huge for the project because it will mean the work is nationally recognized and approved. With much luck and hard work over the coming months, I should be able to obtain approval and after this, the project will begin full-scale implementation where communities will be able to learn more about landslide risk and ways they can reduce their risk.
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