A huge and hearty congratulations to our wonderful Fellows! So much great news to share. In 2011, GWWI was excited to integrate a Fellows Program to link women grad students and professionals with grassroots women in Africa with the intention of creating a peer learning experience to build women’s leadership in water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) at the local, national and international level. Our inaugural Fellows Program welcomed women from East Africa and the USA to be partnered with grassroots women to support them as they designed a pilot water project in their communities that included the construction of water technologies, hygiene education and in some cases entrepreneurship. The Fellows were our ear to the ground, able to build deep and trusting relationships with the grassroots women and provide GWWI important information to be able to be able to offer the best support for the women to succeed!
Kudos to Crossley Pinkstaff who received her Masters in Public Administration – International Development and Policy from NYU!
Brava to Terri Harris who received her Masters in Community Development. GWWI was so honored to have her feature our work as the core of her thesis, “The importance of Women, Personal Relationships and a Holistic Approach to WaSH in Developing Countries.”
A double congratulations to Samantha Winter who received her Master’s Degree in from Stanford Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has also been accepted to Rutgers to get her PhD in Social Work
And shout-outs to our other Fellows who are making waves all over the globe!
Epi Bodhi, as you read in our last blog, brought WaSH Education training to Burundi for the international for Village Health Works.
Melanie Medalle just finished her first year at Northeastern University School of Law.
Lilly Dimling, who’s organization’s founder, Derek Kayongo was one of CNNs Heroes for 2011 and featured one of Grassroots Teams (UCOBAC) in their CNN video!
Comfort Mukasa and Eva Nalwanga who finished their first year as Master’s students in Public Health at Makarere, University in Uganda.
Rose Wamalwa who founded her own non-governmental organization in Kenya to continue the work she learned at the GWWI training.
And to our dear Ruth Mubeezi, who gave birth to her second child and the next generation of WaSH leaders!
A million thanks and a cazillion congratulations to all our wonderful sisters and Fellows!