Brownkey first started blogging to counter what she felt were negative beliefs about the Somali refugee community in Dadaab. She now spends much of her time blogging about the rights of girls and women, advocating against early marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM), and domestic violence.
If you are thinking about engaging with an organization serving vulnerable students, here are a few examples of popular trends that might not be as helpful as they seem, and some suggestions for how to redirect these efforts to truly benefit communities and organizations.
The Beacon of Hope school opened in Soroti in 2006—the first students were all former abductees of the Lord’s Resistance Army or former LRA soldiers. The last child soldiers graduated in 2014, but the school has continued to focus on assisting the most vulnerable youth in the community.
This week the U.S. government marks 10 years of support for the fight against neglected tropical diseases. In Ebola’s wake, the West African country of Guinea is translating this support into broader health gains.
In the past three years, 72 girls in the WISER program have begun post-secondary education and become role models in their communities. And almost all of them have the same goal of raising their communities up.