Gretchen Murphy

Gretchen Murphy (Survivor Corps in Vietnam): Gretchen has considerable experience of volunteering with human rights prior to her fellowship. Her jobs included working with Amnesty International’s International Justice and Accountability Program, and served at International Service for Peace (SIPAZ) in Chiapas, Mexico where she researched the impact of international organizations on indigenous nonviolence movements. Gretchen also interned at International Crisis Group in Washington DC. Where she focused on the role of new media in advocacy and the role of media in creating change. At the time of her fellowship, Gretchen was pursuing her Masters degree at American University’s School of International Service. After her fellowship, Gretchen wrote: “I witnessed some of the most genuine forgiveness I have ever seen. Although I did run across the occasional angry person (often rightfully so) ALL of the survivors I met were nothing but generous and welcoming to me. It was incredibly humbling.”



An Honest Day’s Work

29 Jul

All of the survivors I have met with since being in Vietnam have touched on the need for sustainable and inclusive employment.  One of the primary programmatic elements of LSN-V and Survivor Corps’ work is Economic Opportunity for survivors.  Over the past few weeks I met with some of the business groups operating in Quang Binh province.  The video below explains more about the awesome work these groups are doing and the substantial impact they are having on the lives of survivors and their communities as a whole.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD58K2hQCns

*Note to Viewers: When I uploaded the video to YouTube the quality and readability diminished.  I am working on solving this problem and will either repost or provide a link to a higher-quality version as soon as possible.  Thanks for your patience.

Posted By Gretchen Murphy

Posted Jul 29th, 2009

3 Comments

  • Kim Hoa

    July 29, 2009

     

    Congratulations on your great work with this video! It is very impressive and meaningful to connect Peer Support and Sustainable Economic Development.

  • Heather Dolstra (Zonta)

    July 31, 2009

     

    So inspiring to see how directly the work of LSN improves the ability of survivors to help themselves. Do you compare notes with other AP Fellows who have worked with LSN in other countries? How does your local network identify the groups, individuals, or villages that can most benefit from your work?

  • Jim Murphy

    August 1, 2009

     

    Gretchen,

    You keep getting better at these. Keep up the great work. I really enjoy watching and reading and have learned a lot.

    JM

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