Well, the article in the Baton Rouge, LA newspaper, The Advocate, that I mentioned a few weeks ago finally came out. You can read it here.
I am not completely happy with the article. I feel that it is not a very good representation of the work that I am doing this summer and the work that LSN-JO does as an organization. While the article mentions general statistics about LSN as a whole, it merely skims through what LSN-JO is doing in Jordan. I would have loved for the article to mention the hard work that LSN-JO has put into the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Additionally, LSN-JO has done tremendous work in providing opportunities for survivors to reintegrate into their communities. Some examples of these opportunities include a national sitting volleyball team, annual summer camps, peer support groups, and workshops to which survivors are invited to share their personal experiences.
My job this summer has been (and continues to be) to work side-by-side with LSN-JO staff to creatively and effectively disseminate information about the work that they do. I am currently working on a wikipage, which is essentially a free website, for the organization. Although it is still “under construction,” you can visit it here . I have also been working with the staff on ways they can display the numerous photos they have accumulated over the years. Right now they are just sitting in computer files, unable to be viewed by anyone outside of the organization. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit 3 survivors (one of whom you will hear more about in an upcoming blog), and there are plans to visit the Iraqi refugees sometime next week. Other, less exciting, things I have been doing include editing some English-language documents, discussing nonprofit management issues, and attending meetings conducted entirely in Arabic.
While I have not been as productive this summer as I had hoped (largely due to the localization process), I am nonetheless happy with my decision to spend my entire summer here in Jordan. I have made many new friends (oh, that reminds me…while I am somewhat embarrassed by the journalist’s comment that I didn’t have many friends, I am not going to make any rash outbursts and try to defend myself. Those of you who know me know that while I was shy growing up, I had friends and had a very close network of loved ones.) and have thoroughly enjoyed being able to experience and learn about this beautiful country and its beautiful people.
If only I had more spare time so I could look for and obtain a job to be awaiting my return home!! Eek!
Posted By Krystal Sirman
Posted Jul 21st, 2008