The story of Nicholas Kee

I recently sat down with Nicholas Kee, a 22 year-old local entrepreneur who has built multiple start-ups, spoken at conferences and travelled the world. He is currently the founder of Next Gen Creators, a non-profit, which aims to teach youth in the Caribbean how to code. Zoe Chung is working as a  Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Specialist with Eve for Life in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Single Issue Allies

Recently, Taryn and I attended a conference hosted by Gender Dynamix, Iranti-org and the Gender Health and Justice Research Unit on Gender Affirming Healthcare... The goal of the conference was to bring healthcare providers from different countries in Southern Africa together in a space where they could learn about the range of barriers that transgender persons experience when accessing health and healthcare services and how we can make strides in addressing those barriers. Agatha Nyambi is working as an Intern in Sexual Minority Health with the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

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The Man

Wilfrid or as some call him “TI-Cabeau” or “Ti Son” is the most famous Handy man in Terrier Rouge. Marie and I frequently joke that he would be able to do absolutely anything, but we are also not really joking. I saw graffiti on walls calling for him to run as Mayor. Jean-Christophe Taillandier is working as a  Value-Chain and Agri-Business Coordinator with ISCA in Haiti.

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Twitter Chats Galore

A popular thing to do among the multitude of different advocacy organizations in Jamaica is to host Twitter chats. You may be wondering what a Twitter Chat is, like I also wondered my first time hearing that. A Twitter Chat is a conversation on Twitter that participants answer questions and engage in conversation using a common hashtag. Jennifer Brunet is working as a Health Promotions Manager with Jamaica Family Planning Association/FAMPLAN in Jamaica.

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How Social Media Shakes Up Public Health

November 25 marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Resolution 54/134). In order to raise awareness of this real and intense issue across the country and world, our organization, the Jamaica Family Planning Association (JFPA) and many other civil society organizations, took the streets in Kingston to partake in a silent protest hosted by Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL). Georgia Venner is working as Health Education Programme Manager with Jamaica Family Planning Association/FAMPLAN in Jamaica.

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Haba na haba, hujaza kibaba

Where does one go to access credit in a rural village, hours from the nearest town? A woman, landless, without any assets to her name? Someone living hand to mouth, struggling to make ends meet, with barely enough to support her family let alone pay service fees and inaccessible interest rates? Patricia Butt is working as an eRoots Coordinator with Crown the Child Africa in Kenya.

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Making friends, cooking chicken

I’ve been told that the best types of Haitian parties include meat. Luckily, our poultry adviser of the project, Kency, had a few chickens to sell for the party. One of my personal goals as part of this internship is to be able to successfully butcher a chicken. My coworker, Merlange, and I worked all Friday afternoon killing and cleaning 5 chickens, frying plantains, and making picklise, Haitian coleslaw. Marie Dumont is working as a Value-Chain and Agri-Business Coordinator with ISCA partner Les Soeurs Notre Dame du Sacré Cœur in Terrier Rouge, Haiti.

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Meet Madam Betty Ayagiba, founder of Widows & Orphans Movement (WOM)

ver the past couple months, I’ve continued to learn a number of things, from the culture to the language to even the Ghanaian tax laws! But none of it has been as interesting and satisfying as learning more about our Founder, Madam Betty Ayagiba and the organization (Widows & Orphans Movement – WOM) and the work that is being done in Northern Ghana.I’ve had the chance to sit and talk with Madam Betty and our National Director, Fati Abigail Abdulai. James Thalla-Joel is working as a Financial Management Specialist with ACIC partner Widows and Orphans Movement (WOM) in Ghana.

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