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Need: Partner for Fulbrigh/Peace/Art/Literacy Program, India


My name is Staci Martin. I am a Korean American woman interested in writing a Fulbright to India. I have a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I also have a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies, Graphic Design, Arts and Letters and Social Sciences with a minor in Psychology form Portland State University.

In 2001, I developed a violence prevention program in Diepsloot Informal Settlement, South Africa funded by General Board of Global Ministries Women's Division and Episcopal-Methodist Aid Society. Nthabiseng ("make me happy" in Sesotho) program is currently running through a local NGO and in its 8 year.

It has been 8 years and I have been traveling around the world (Asia, Middle East, Caribbean). I am based in Portland, Oregon. A month and half ago, I developed and implemented another violence prevention/literacy program in Jamaica. It is called, Irie ("alright" in Jamaican) LitART Violence Prevention program. I am currently working with the Jamaica's Ministry of Education to secure funding for a local position.

I have already proven that this program is transferable globally, however I would love the opportunity to expand my learning, using the same core values and ultimate flexibility see how adaptable the program is to girls and young women and lastly doing these cross-cultural exchanges will help me understand more about this world we all live in.

Project Goals:

Strategic Objective: Violence Prevention Project is a program that works with girls and young women using the arts and literacy to strengthen the participant’s personal voice and opens discourse for other alternative pro-social ways of reducing violence in schools and the greater communities. Through training local facilitators, it is hoped that this program will be expanded to other communities. This program is three-fold:

* To support the fundamental right of a child’s voice in the classroom, community and the world around them;
* To promote literacy through the use of story-telling, rewriting a new story and presenting stories to peers;
* To create a place of safety for the participant to express their feelings using art.

If you have any suggestions or possible partners, please contact me. Thanks! Go well, Staci


olutosin's picture


I believe in this and know that it can be replicated worldwide, please do contact me if you think we can work together, our organization trains children and women on prevention of sexual violence in Nigeria and recently I was trained in India with a beautiful woman who is co founder of Visthar, Dodda Gubbi, Bangalore -India she is so passionate about prevention of assault on girls and women that I believe that I always see this in her eyes. I will contact Mercy whenever you reply. She is good and always willing to work....
Please you can contact me when you are ready.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town


Nusrat Ara's picture

Hi Staci, I live in Indian

Hi Staci,

I live in Indian administered Kashmir. If u are interested in working here let me know and I will see what we can do about it.



Sharese's picture


This looks great- and I like your picture! (Now all you need to do is make a profile!)

I wish you MUCH MUCH luck in this endeavor! Maybe we could do a fundraiser party in the States when I get there.

I am missing you and wishing you well!



Eliana's picture

Hi Staci It is interesting

Hi Staci
It is interesting project you started. It would be interesting for our organization and for me to share and exchange knowledge and experience on the issue. We are working in Italy in a project on "Empowerment of migrant women" and most women we are working with come from India and Pakistan. So it would be great, if we could get in touch with you and share our experience and learn from each other to integrate and make our program better for the women we address.
Thank you very much for the work you are doing.


P_H_Brown's picture

Sounds Great

I can connect you with a great group in Kolkata that can use all the support they can get. I also have a contact who has numerous NGO connections throughout India and could help you.


Emms's picture


Hi Staci
I live in Namibia,I started mentoring program with girls in my community and Iam interested to learn from your expertise and Iam interest in your project.



skype: emmsmich

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