Kirstin Yanisch (Nepal)


Kirstin Yanisch (Nepal)

Kirstin Yanisch graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Political Science and French. During her time at Wellesley, she spent a January term studying women and the political economy of Ghana at the University of Ghana Legon. Following this experience, she conducted field research on women’s leadership and empowerment initiatives in local microfinance groups in the Siddi community in rural Karnataka India before spending a year studying French in Aix-en-Provence, France. During this time, Kirstin interned with the Red Cross Migrant service in Marseilles, assisting asylum seekers with filing their applications. She was named a Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs fellow during her senior year of college and interned with the United Nation Foundation’s Every Woman, Every Child initiative following graduation. She then taught English in southwestern France for a year. Afterwards, she interned with the American Refugee Committee’s headquarters office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Currently, Kirstin is enrolled in Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program. Upon returning from working in Nepal with the National Network for the Families of the Disappeared(NEFAD) Kirsten reflected, "I am very grateful to the Advocacy Project for the opportunity of a lifetime. Through my time with the fellowship, I was challenged to translate humanitarian principles into action and was surrounded by people who became incredible friends."



12 Sep

Reflections after Return

I’ve returned to Washington D.C. after an unforgettable summer in Nepal, and I think I will be reflecting on it for a long time to come. I am so grateful for the friends and relationships forged through NEFAD and for the opportunities I had there. It was a true gift. On Vicky’s last night in Kathmandu, […]

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Posted Sep 12, 2017

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21 Aug

Tiger Tote Bags

Vicky, Prabal, and I made one last visit to Bardiya to conduct a series of interviews and to finalize a few parts of the cooperative. With the leadership team, we were able to open a bank account where the women opted to invest half of their wages to grow the business. I was in awe of […]

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Posted Aug 21, 2017

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20 Aug

Transitional Justice: A Primer

After meeting Sarita, Sabrita, and Fudiya, and hearing about Bipin and Dil,  you may be wondering what can be done for the families of the disappeared. The fate of the families and their ability to receive answers about their loved ones is dependent upon a successful transitional justice process. Transitional Justice (TJ)  consists of a series of […]

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Posted Aug 20, 2017

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14 Aug

Meeting Superwoman

Whether navigating the streets of Kathmandu or guiding us along the lanes of Bardiya, Sarita Thapa strides with energy and purpose. Her natural posture is fielding phone calls on her mobile which buzzes regularly. The first time I heard about all of her activities, working with NEFAD as well as the Conflict Victim’s Committee and the individual […]

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Posted Aug 14, 2017

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31 Jul

Ambiguous Grief

How do people grieve? How do people grieve when they live in a perpetual state of waiting? On June 17th, 2017, NEFAD’s Director Ram Bhandari invited us to a memorial event hosted at the office of the Attorney General in Nepal and we bore witness to some of the ways families are coping. Bipin Bhandari, pictured […]

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Posted Jul 31, 2017

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25 Jul

“Our Memories are in Our Eyes”

  It is easy to forget in the hustle, bustle, and laugher of the embroidery process that the members of the Bardiya Conflict Victims Cooperative have all experienced deep trauma. So often we use these blanket terms, ‘loss’ and ‘grief’ but each one is shaped like a person, just as individual as a thumbprint. ‘Enforced […]

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Posted Jul 25, 2017

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19 Jul

Bardiya At Last

One landslide, many plates of dal bhat, and a full 24 hour bus ride later, we had reached Bardiya. For those who are counting, that’s seven hours more than expected. In the end, it took me longer to get to from Kathmandu to Bardiya than it took me to cross three continents and several oceans from […]

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Posted Jul 19, 2017

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19 Jul

Who Needs Air Conditioning Anyway?

  Continued from a previous post: Landslide.  At this point, the bus cut the engine, the fans, and the air  conditioning. We sat, sweltered, and waited. I was most impressed to see mothers and small children waiting out the heat and playing calmly. In the United States, I don’t know if I’ve ever witnessed that kind […]

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Posted Jul 19, 2017

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18 Jul

Landslide

    After a couple weeks of planning and adjusting to life in Kathmandu, it was time for the trip that Vicky and I had been most looking forward to: traveling to Bardiya. During Nepal’s civil war (1996-2006), the district of Bardiya had the highest concentration of enforced disappearances in all of Nepal, though families throughout the country […]

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Posted Jul 18, 2017

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21 Jun

You’re WHERE?

“You’re WHERE?” has been the most common question I’ve received over the past few days when communicating back home. The last time most of my friends and family heard from me, I was preparing to leave for Bamakao, Mali for the summer to work for a small non-governmental organization (NGO) called Sini Sanuman, a partner of […]

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Posted Jun 21, 2017

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