Madeline England

Madeline England (Home for Human Rights – HHR): Madeline received her BA in economics from Mount Holyoke College in 2002. She then worked as a legal assistant for a London law firm and as an outreach coordinator for the Women’s Anti-Violence Education program in Philadelphia. From 2004 to 2006, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania, West Africa, where she helped women entrepreneurs to coordinate marketing campaigns and business plans. At the time of her fellowship, Madeline was pursuing a Masters in International Affairs with a concentration in Human Rights at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. After her fellowship, Madeline wrote: "The fellowship was an infinitely valuable experience. I learned more about human rights advocacy and research, exactly as I was hoping, and I also gained experience working in a conflict zone. It helped me to develop the skills and understanding to work with community-based human rights organizations."

The Kindness of Strangers

19 Jul

Sometimes I hear so much about conflict and human rights violations, I forget to think about the extraordinary kindness of humanity. Of course I know it’s there. I work with and know some pretty incredible people. But I spend so much of my time reading, studying, exposing, and focusing on the atrocities.

Therefore when an unexpected random act of kindness occurs, it can serve as a much needed reminder that HHR’s work and my summer fellowship here can really make a difference, perhaps even has already made a difference, that this blog or our work has touched someone.

So to the person who decided to sponsor me as an AP Peace Fellow, thank you.

I received an enormous gift and affirmation, but I don’t know to whom or where I can express my gratitude. I will receive more information later and perhaps one day can thank you in person, but my first instinct is acknowledgement. This blog seemed as good a place as any.

Posted By Madeline England

Posted Jul 19th, 2007