Maya Washington (Nepal)

Maya grew up in San Francisco, CA. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and is currently a graduate student at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management; pursuing a degree in Coexistence and Conflict with a focus on Humanitarian Aid. Maya is a former Peace Corps Volunteer having served in Kenya under the Ministry of Health as an HIV/AIDS education and prevention volunteer, where she helped provide Traditional Birth Attendants with kits needed to perform safe deliveries and assisted in training those attendants. After being evacuated from Kenya due to political turmoil, Maya served under the Ministry of Health in Lesotho (Southern Africa) as an HIV/AIDS education/prevention and youth development volunteer. While in Peace Corps Lesotho Maya helped HIV positive mothers learn how to better care for themselves and their newborns through nutrition and women’s health education. She helped begin two Libraries within her rural community of Nazareth, Lesotho and ran diversity camps throughout the country. Contact: mwashington@advocacynet.org



Nepal: AFTERWORD

10 Jan

If you’ve been following this blog you may have noticed a
long time before the most recent posts were posted. The dates are correct; as in
they occurred at about that time but I didn’t actually write them out until
very recently.

My time in Nepal was nothing short of difficult. I can’t
really seem to come up with a better word for it than that. When I agreed to go
to Nepal I had the thought that it would be a very similar experience to that
of my time in the Peace Corps. I imagined meeting new and interesting people
and being able help out in some small way and improve the lives of those I
touched. Despite the fact that I did do a bit of that through the Health Camps
that we helped put on. A great deal of the positive aspects were eclipsed by the governmental corruption coupled with the
unnecessarily complicated and ineffective healthcare system that made even the
simplest of tasks seem impossible.

I am well aware that this is the way things work in many a
country and many countries that I will continue to work with throughout my
career. Despite the fact that many difficult things happened to me during my
time in Nepal it does not in anyway change my mind when it comes to my career
goal of assisting women around the world in getting the health care that they so
desperately need and educating them about the reproductive and sexual health. 

Until my next adventure. Thanks for reading. – Maya 🙂

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Posted By Maya Washington (Nepal)

Posted Jan 10th, 2016

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