Christine Marie Carlson

Christine Carlson (Gulu Disabled Persons Union): Christine received her BA from The Evergreen State College. She went on to work for Planned Parenthood in Seattle, advocating for reproductive health strategies; co-manage a project on HIV-AIDS with PATH (the Northwest Microbicides Campaign Bill) funded by the Gates Foundation; and worked as an associate producer for Bill Nye’s series “The Eyes of Nye.” Christine was pursuing a Master’s in International Public Administration at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at the time of her fellowship. After her fellowship, Christine wrote: “I was extremely lucky to have such a wonderful group of people to work with. They are highly social and welcomed me eagerly. They tried to put my desk in an outside office, but I insisted on being put in the main office. I often bought sodas and fruit for the whole office, took photos constantly (which they loved) and was always available to lend a hand or an ear.”



GDPU’s Advocacy Art Quilt!

18 Aug

During the last month here 25 persons with the range of disabilities made panels for a quilt that I will use to spread the message of GDPU in the US with support from AP.

Each of the panels includes the name of the creator and a design made from a variety of mediums that depicts something of meaning to them. Several of the panels were made by disabled children at St. Jude’ Orphanage. Two of the panels include miniature sweaters that were knitted by a blind man for himself and his wife. The perfection of the sweaters is astounding. Three of the panels made by the accountant of GDPU depict stories of PWDs struggling to run away from the LRA during the war.

The quilt was constructed by Josephine, a single mother of two children, who has a spinal cord injury that confines her to a wheelchair. She did a wonderful job and we I really enjoyed sitting with her for hours designing the final piece.

Josephine and I next to finished quilt.

Josephine and I next to finished quilt.

As one GDPU board member said, “The project helped us to realize that we could work together to create something that showed our creative talents and ability to produce something beautiful.”

The piece will hang for a week in the GDPU reception area. Many members have stopped by to sit and discuss it with great admiration. They were so inspired that GDPU has plans to construct another quilt. They anticipate that this time there will be more members who would like to participate.

Well done GDPU.

Posted By Christine Marie Carlson

Posted Aug 18th, 2010

1 Comment

  • Erin

    August 18, 2010

     

    it looks beautiful. great work!

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