I'm writing this entry with mixed feelings. After nearly three years at MADRE, I'm saying goodbye. I'm applying to graduate programs for next fall, and I've decided to use the next year as an opportunity to travel and volunteer abroad. And though I'm extremely excited about this decision and my upcoming adventures, I'm also sad to be leaving my role as MADRE's Website and Online Membership Coordinator.
I've had an amazing few years here. I've met incredible people and learned so much about women's human rights and grassroots organizing - not to mention nonprofit development and website management. MADRE is truly an incredible organization, and I feel privileged to have been a part of such important work.
Now, as I leave my staff position, I look forward to my new role as a MADRE member and volunteer. Having heard - and written - so much about our partners, I'm excited that I'll actually have the chance to meet with some of them and see the projects in action.
In late September, I head for Guatemala, and while I'm there, I'll be visiting MADRE's partner organizations, the Women Workers' Committee and Muixil. I'll be writing updates for MADRE's blog from Guatemala, and I'll send pictures of both projects for you to see.
And I plan to bring a gigantic bag of flashlights and whistles with me for the women of Barcenas. However, in order to do that, I need help from MADRE's amazing membership. Donate to MADRE's Helping Hands campaign or purchase an alternative gift from the webstore. Your contribution will fill my bag, thereby enhance women's security in the Barcenas community.
If you have a large quantity of new flashlights or whistles that you can donate, please call us at 212-627-0444.
Before I sign off, I want to quickly introduce two newbies at MADRE. Mishael Najm, MADRE's new Helping Hands Coordinator and Administrative Assistant, came on as an intern six months ago and graduated to her new staff position a few weeks back. Rachel Giuliani, the Website and Online Membership Coordinator and my very capable replacement, is extremely new to MADRE, but I can already tell she'll do well. They will both be contributing to the blog in the coming weeks/months, and I know I'm looking forward to hearing from them.
And so with that, I'll wish you all farewell for now.