Click to stay on this image and caption. Apply for a 2015 fellowship in Mali. AP is recruiting a Peace Fellow to help run a training program for 150 survivors of sexual violence. Last year, the program produced over 40 embroidered pieces, which are being assembled into advocacy quilts in Bethesda MD (photo). To apply for a 2015 fellowship, visit the Fellows tab and click on 2015 fellowships.
Click to stay on this image and caption. Apply for a fellowship in Nepal! AP is recruiting three Peace Fellows to work with AP partners in Nepal this summer. One Fellow will help poor families avoid sending their children to work in brick kilns. The host organization, CONCERN, has placed many working children in the Shree Nil Primary School, Kathmandu (photo). To apply for a 2015 fellowship, visit the Fellows tab and click on 2015 fellowships.
Click to stay on this image and caption. Apply for a fellowship in Bosnia and work alongside the renowned weavers of Srebrenica, a long-time AP partner. The Fellow will help BOSFAM members commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and open a weaving and cultural center in Tuzla (photo). To apply for a 2015 fellowship, visit the Fellows tab and click on 2015 fellowships.
March 31, 2015
Gujarat, India: Artists from the transgender and gay community in India are appealing for an end to discrimination through a spectacular quilt. Called Henna Pride, the quilt carries striking images of long pale hands, painted with henna, that reach up out of the gloom. The hands were painted in India by members of the Vilalp Women’s Group (photo left). The quilt went on display recently for the first time at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts. Read more…..
December 2, 2014
Bakeche village, DRC: Sitting under a mango tree recently in Bakeche, a picturesque village in eastern Congo, I watched local leaders discuss the momentous change that had come to their community after a militia member was arrested for raping a young woman. The hero of the hour was the chief of Bakeche, Badanwa Atako (photo). In May, Mr Atako attended training given by SOS Femmes en Danger. Read more…..
November 19, 2014
Gulu, Uganda: Patrick Ojok from the Gulu Disabled Persons Union (GDPU), made his way carefully through the outhouses at the Tochi school in northern Uganda. An agency had installed an accessible toilet at the school some years earlier. The toilet was clean, but missing a seat. The ramp and door were too narrow for a wheel chair. The handrails were low. Outside, two large water tanks, intended for hand-washing, lay in ruins. Read more…..
November 15, 2014
Bamako, Mali: Mariam still carries the scars from when she was slashed and raped by Islamic militants during the occupation of northern Mali in 2012. Mariam’s two nieces were also raped in front of her eyes, and died. Even so, Mariam’s mind was on other things when she met a visiting team from The Advocacy Project (AP) in Bamako recently. Mariam was making soap – and enjoying it. Read more…..
September 2, 2014
Quang Binh, Vietnam: While Le Ba Thuan was recruiting soldiers for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War, he would watch American planes spraying herbicide and try to avoid the contaminated areas. He never quite succeeded and for the past fifty years he has suffered from heart disease, high blood pressure, constant headaches, and skin rashes. Le Ban Thuan (right) was exposed to Agent Orange. His daughter, Le Thi Hang, has been paralyzed since birth. But compared to his family Thuan is lucky. Read more….
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