Jamyel Jenifer

Jamyel Jenifer (Uganda): Jamyel graduated In 2006 from Spelman College in Atlanta, where she majored in French with a concentration in Pre-Medicine. As an undergraduate student, Jamyel also participated in a semester domestic exchange program at Wellesley College and a summer French Immersion program in Martinique. She then worked as a Pre-Service Assistant in the Office of Medical Services of Peace Corps and went on to serve for two years as the Health Education Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa where she worked on women’s reproductive rights. At the time of her AP fellowship, Jamyel was studying for a Masters degree in International Development and Social Change at Clark University in Worcester. After her fellowship Jaymel wrote: "[I] learned about how grassroots organizations function and about the effectiveness of using radio."

Speaking on the Radio

16 Jun

During a visit in town, I was approached by a man who happened to work with one of the radio stations in Soroti. After speaking with him for a few minutes about why I’m here, etc., he invited me to come and speak on a morning radio show the next day. I had wanted all the staff of the Gideon Foundation to conduct the show (Santos, Dorothy and Stella) and then I would just be on the side, but due to the late notice, both Santos and Stella couldn’t make it. So on June 9, 2011, Dorothy and I were on a radio show. Since I was still new to things, we had told the radio host to pass the questions to Dorothy, as she is well versed in things since she has volunteered at the Gideon Foundation for over a year.

After Dorothy and I both introduced ourselves, we were asked questions. The radio host kept posing questions at me for various reasons. She asked about the causes behind child sacrifice, if its in the history of Soroti, etc. I answered what I could and then passed it along to Dorothy. During the end of the show I spoke of how we were trying to create awareness of child sacrifice and said that if anyone has been affected by child sacrifice to give Santos a call. I then gave out Santos’ phone number (I had cleared this with him beforehand).

Dorothy and I then returned to the office to find out that everyone had listened in and also that Santos had received 3 phone calls. One of these phone calls was from a woman in Soroti named Esther who wanted to volunteer with the Gideon Foundation. Esther then came over to the office and come to find out she has an array of experience working with vulnerable populations. So the Gideon Foundation now has a new volunteer. The other 2 phone calls were from persons who lost someone to child sacrifice and we are currently trying to coordinate a time and date to speak with them. (will insert photo of Dorothy with radio host here)

Posted By Jamyel Jenifer

Posted Jun 16th, 2011

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