May 19, 2010
In 2007, I, met with Patricia Buck and Rachel Silver (Co-founders of Matawi) when they came to Dadaab Refugee Camp of Kenya for research. I was working with Windle Trust Kenya as a teacher and counselor. During that time, I was teaching an Advanced English Course to 25 refugees. Central to the curriculum was Reseach Methods and Writing, a course that I invited Buck and Silver to co-teach. In return, my students focused their research on issues realting to women empowerment. My students were earger to apply the knowledge on enthnographic research that Buck and Silver taught.
The following year, Buck and Rachel came back to Dadaab Refugee Camp. The findings of their previous research had shown that there was negligible progress in regard to women education and that more cordinated efforts were needed to improved girl-child education in Dadaab. They founded a scholarship project called 'The Dadaab Young Women Scholarship Initiative'. This was aimed at reaching out to young women who had finished high school and had good grades for college.
They chose candidates based on their Kenya Certificate of Secondary education (KCSE)grades, English Proficiency and their involvement in the community. I was involved in the selection process. I also edited the video on the initiative.
They also engaged the young women in a memoirs project where they shared their stories. I hepled transcribe these stories into an anthology entitiled 'They were very Beautiful. Such Things are. Proceeds from this anthology go towards the scholarship initiative.
During the 2008/2009 academic year, I worked at Bates College as a Learning Associate for the Education Department. Central to my job was making presentations to colleges on behalf of the refugee applicants; their contextual background and how it has affected their acadimic preparedness. As an English Language Learning (ELL) Specialist, I worked with Bates College students to prepare Lesson plans for ELL teachers in Lewiston and Portland, Maine.
I am currently working with Urban Promise Internation, a non-profit aimed at reaching at risk youth. I am in the process of writing a funding proposal for a TOEFL and SAT Center for Refugee Women. Hopefully if it is funded, I plan to have young refugee women enrolled for free classes.
I strong support all that Matawi is doing for refugee women.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I have witnessed the success of the Memoirs Project. They have been able to award one scholarship to a student for a two year program in East Africa.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I helped with with the 'Dadaab Scholarship Intiative' and Memoirs for Change' programs for Matawi.