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."

To promote tourism in Sri Lanka . . .

27 Jun

The woman who owns my guesthouse, in addition to being a wonderfully kind person, serves the most delicious feast of a breakfast every morning.

I head down around 8am and receive scrambled eggs with spinach, tomato, cheese, and onions. Tea (made with real ceylon tea leaves naturally) soon follows along with bread fresh from the bakery and homemade jams. There is always fresh fruit of some variety.

But the highlight of my morning, perhaps of my day, is Mrs. Nanayakkara’s fresh juice. I never know what it will be, and I wait with anticipation as the housekeeper emerges with an enormous glass of juice, each morning a different but brilliant color.

To give you an idea of which juices and fruits have graced my palate over the past couple of weeks:

Passion fruit
Banana (a dozen different types in Sri Lanka!)
And several others for which I didn’t understand the name of the fruit.

I will be sorely disappointed to return to New York where I only grab an apple on my way to school.

Posted By Madeline England

Posted Jun 27th, 2007