Louis Rezac

Louis Rezac (Hakijamii - the Economics and Social Rights Centre): Louis received a B.S. in Geology from the University of South Dakota. After graduating, he worked for the Peace Corps as an agricultural extension agent in Mali, Africa. In Mali, Louis worked with a women’s association on small business projects, and secured a grant for a men’s association to sell locally-grown garden seeds. After returning from the Peace Corps, Louis worked for a geological testing company, Geotesting Express.



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19 Aug

My time in Kenya is coming to an end.  It feels like it just started, but life must move on. I would like to thank Hakijamii, NPSN, Ngazi Ya Chini, Soweto Forum, The Youth Congress, Haki Yetu, Garissa Community Groups, KISORA, Advocacy Project, all those Christy and I have worked with, and everyone that has read/commented on our blogs.  I’d especially like to thank all of Hakijamii’s staff for their hospitality, help, and willingness to learn.

Christy Gillmore and Louis Rezac with Hakijamii's staff

Christy and I have felt right at home in Kenya and really took pleasure in working for a human rights organization.  We enjoyed visiting the communities and would like to thank everyone that took the time to meet with us and tell us their stories.  In our time here we have profiled CBO’s (community based organizations) in Nairobi, Garissa, and Mombasa.  We took pictures, created short movies, and interviewed many extraordinary individuals.  We were always impressed with their determination to better themselves, their families, and their community’s lives.  Some of the stories they told were sad and depressing, but that never managed to keep them down.  Through this fellowship I have learned to be thankful for what I have and not to dwell too much on the hardships of life.

We have now officially launched Hakijamii’s interactive blogging website.  We have worked hard on it all summer and though it still has some rough edges I hope that it connects Hakijamii and its community partners with more human rights organizations/individuals and gives them the chance to tell their own as well as their community partners’ stories to a worldwide audience.  I encourage anyone to go to the website to learn more about Hakijamii, its partners, and its work to make human rights and social justice a reality for all.

Posted By Louis Rezac

Posted Aug 19th, 2010