Gisele Bolton

Gisele Bolton (Vikalp Women’s Group in India and CONCERN in Nepal): Prior to her fellowship, Gisele earned a BA from the University of Minnesota and an MA from City University London. Gisele volunteered in Honduras and Kenya, where she taught English and developed a connection to children with special needs. She also interned in the US with The Advocates for Human Rights and The Nonviolent Peaceforce. After working with transgender people at Vikalp, Gisele wrote: “One size doesn't fit all and we must always remember that.” About her fellowship at CONCERN she wrote: “(It was) enriching both professionally and personally! I always felt very supported and learned so much more about grant writing, fundraising, communications and development. I feel that is an area I'd now like to work in.” After finishing her fellowship with CONCERN, Gisele accepted another job in Nepal.


18 Jun

Since leaving training in Washington D.C  I have been back in my hometown Chippewa Falls, WI. I have been back for three weeks now still waiting for my visa but I have made good use of this time! I have been fortunate experiencing an enormous amount of support and excitement from family, friends, and the entire community of Chippewa Falls. The Chippewa Herald enthusiastically interviewed me about my fellowship and the project with Vikalp, the article ran on the front page last week and can be read here!

I recently gave a small presentation to a group of advocates for peace who have always been interested in my involvement with international projects. I also hosted a small gathering with the strong women in my family sharing the mission of the inspiring women at Vikalp.

Not only do I have the support of those near me but also The Advocacy Project team and their supporters! I have had individuals reach out to me thoughtfully with information, book suggestions, and shared contacts they know who work in India. Each new person I have met has made a lasting and inspiring impact on me and this project.

I can’t help but feel motivated and bursting with gratitude! It has been a privilege to create and share this beautiful connection between the women in Gujarat and all of the various supporters here.

Thank you to everyone who has generously donated towards my fellowship, enthusiastically inquired about the project and been excited for me! Thank you to The Advocacy Project and all of their supporters for an amazing opportunity for me to learn and grow. Thank you to the ‘Monday Night Group’ for being inspiring advocates for peace. Thank you to the women in my family for being examples of strength and courage.

A very special thank you to the Jessica Jennifer Cohen Foundation for generously supporting this project and their kind new friendship.

I am honored and thrilled to share this journey and experience, I cannot wait to join Maya and Indira at Vikalp! (Hopefully soon!)  

Posted By Gisele Bolton

Posted Jun 18th, 2014

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