Peace Fellows Inspire Action for Social Justice
Each year, The Advocacy Project recruits graduate students to volunteer with our partner organizations. This is the only fellowship program that matches the passion and skills of graduates with the needs of community-based advocates. We have deployed 304 Fellows from 66 university programs since recruiting began in 2003. This year (2018) we are deploying ten Fellows to Vietnam, Nepal, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Jordan.
What Fellows Do
Peace Fellows enable AP to help partners launch start-ups and acquire the tools – like websites – that they will need to grow as organizations. We recruit Fellows for their skills and provide a week of training before they deploy. Ai Hoang (Columbia University) fled Vietnam as a child and returned in 2016 as an AP Peace Fellow to work with Agent Orange victims at the Association for the Empowerment of Persons with Disability.
How Fellows Live
AP fellowships offer a once in a lifetime experience and we want to hear about it as it happens! Peace Fellow Charlotte Bourdillon (Tufts University) spent much of 2011 in western Kenya, where she helped to run a pioneering boarding school for underprivileged girls whose families have agreed to forego genital mutilation. The school’s founder, Dr Kakenya Ntaiya, was named a top CNN hero in 2013. Charlotte went on to work in health in Rwanda.
How Fellows Are Affected
We expect our fellowships to build character, generate material for school, and prepare Fellows for a career in peace and human rights. We continue to follow the professional achievements of past Fellows with pride and have helped several to find challenging jobs. Ash Kosiewicz (Georgetown University) developed a passion for video blogging while serving as a Peace Fellow in Peru in 2008 and now podcasts about hunger for the UN World Food Program. Photo: WFP/Guido Dingemans.
Ambassadors for Multiculturalism
Peace Fellows have come from 45 different countries including Syria, Belarus, Mongolia and Saudi Arabia and help to bridge the cultural divide. This photo shows Corey Black from Canada, Chantal Uwizera (Rwanda and the US) and Mealanny Purwaningrum from Indonesia. All served as Fellows in Nepal in 2011. Mealanny, our first Fellow from Indonesia, now works for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in northeast Nigeria. She wrote to AP: “AP has been very instrumental in shaping my career path and I will never thank you enough for that!”