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Introducing myself and my journal: Queen Kong

About Me:
HI! I am a Veterinarian/Attorney managing an NGO in Rwanda called RwandaNOW-Nurturing Our World. Our mission is to create environment and conservation awareness so that our tiny country can re-build our denuded land. We recognize that each and every Rwandese makes decisions every day that affect our environment and our purpose is to help people recognize their impact and make informed decisions so that our environment will flourish. Our first phase involves empowering women to obtain economic independence by creating a dairy goat cooperative. RwandaNOW will skills build with all cooperative members so that milk production is maximized while, at the same time, recognizing our animal welfare mandate to have happy and healthy dairy goats. RwandaNOW will purchase all milk produced that meets quality standards and we will process the milk into yogurt and cheese. The whey by-product will be sold at cost to the community to increase child nutrition. This system of co-dependence provides economic security for women (and children) and raw material for us to turn in to marketable products that are much needed in the region. This will make RwandaNOW self-sustaining and provide us the opportunity to create our new institution - the Rwanda Wildlife Sanctuary & Science Education Center. Our website is just being created: www.rwandanow.org

My Passions:
environment and conservation, wildlife and goats, farming

My Challenges:
raising the start-up capital to buy equipment and get to producing

My Vision for the Future:
Rwanda with a new institution - The Rwanda Wildlife Sanctuary & Science Education Center where all Rwandese can coome and learn about our environment in a fun and hands on way.

My Areas of Expertise:
Veterinary Medicine/Law/Administration

Comments

Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends and you will find this to be a positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Peace!
Fatima

Jode rwandanow's picture

Thank You!

HI! Thank you for your welcome - I am looking forward to making connections with as many folks as possible. We are engaging in a very exciting Project and I want people to know about what we are doing and become involved - hope that we can continue our dialogue.

All My Best,

Jode

jodelight's picture

welcome!!!

Dear Jode,

Warm Welcome to PulseWire!! I love your intro journal name. Queen Kong. Powerful!! I greatly enjoyed reading your intro journal. You are doing incredible work. I'd love to hear more about it. Please do share with the PulseWire community more about what great projects you are doing in your organization and what is happening in Rwanda presently.
It's so great to have you in our community. I look forward to hearing your voice on PulseWire!!

Amazed,
jodelight
Jody

Maria Howe's picture

Welcome to World Pulse!

Hello!

It's exciting to have you here and to learn a bit about you. We all get a little more empowered when more voices join the choir! Please feel free to share your thoughts, stories and encouragement. Hopefully you enjoy becoming a part of this global community.

Your work in Rwanda sounds amazing! What a wonderful way to help build up a community through sustainable dairy farming and promoting child nutrition while at the same time supporting animal welfare. Wow. Inspirational stuff. I wish you much luck in promoting your program. I look forward to seeing more of you online and hearing more of your voice.

Listen. Engage. Have Fun!

Regards,
Maria

Sharese's picture

Wow!

Wow- you are an amazing person. Your journal title Queen Kong seems to be very fitting! I hope that you will post more about your work in Rwanda and what issues are being faced by people over there. It is very nice to have someone on the ground with a voice. So often the media skews situations and people on the other side of the world (like me!) don't know what is happening.

WorldPulse is a great place to meet people with similar passions. You can be inspired, collaborate, or share ideas here. Let me know if you need any assistance navigating the site or connecting with people/groups.

Again, I look forward to reading more about your personal journey and your work! Keep up your vision making and world changing.

Much Peace,

Sharese

Hi Jode,

I just came across you page, and with your background in public service/community development in a post-conflict environment, I thought you might be interested in this opportunity in the US.

Travel, accommodation, and meals are paid.

Deadline to apply is February 1, 2013

Here is the link: http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/exchange/post/62087

Kind regards,

Jennifer
World Pulse Online Community Management Volunteer

Jode rwandanow's picture

Bryn Mawr training

Hello! thank you so much for sending me this information. I am not sure that I am eligible and need your help in clarifying. I am an American working in Rwanda - for 11 years. I would very much like to attend this training - if at all possible.

Please advise if I am eligible to apply for this training.

Thank you and Kind Regards,

Jode

missjenn's picture

Hi Jode

Wow! 11 years in Rwanda! That's amazing!

The eligibility page does not really say only certain nationals are eligible. It says "Early to mid-career women who are nationals of a post-conflict or transitional country are welcome to apply. Applicants must be fluent in English." - http://brynmawr.edu/wpsp/apply.html

I just came across this opportunity and I don't know much about it. But you can contact Jessica Berns, Institute Director, at jberns@brynmawr.edu for clarification. Please let me know what she says.

Kind regards,

Jennifer

Jode rwandanow's picture

thanks - I will let you

thanks - I will let you know

Jode

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