Once upon a time…
Today is the launch of my fundraising campaign and so I thought it would be very appropriate to write my first blog post. It has been a long journey to becoming a Global Advocate for Mama Hope, but I could not be happier.
In November 2016 I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Master of Science in Global Environment, Politics, and Society. I moved to my dream city of Washington, DC where I had found previous success during a congressional internship. I thought that after attending grad school and completing multiple internships that I would have no problem finding the perfect job. Well, that was not the case. The truth is the job market for entry level is cut throat, I had zero connections in the environmental industry, and there was a hiring freeze.
Fast-forward to May 2017. I am on the phone with my sister and she is trying to convince me that Boston is where I need to be (she lives in Boston of course) and she discovers Mama Hope’s Global Advocate Program on the Boston Network for International Development page. “ Wow! This program looks amazing. It seems like it would really give you the tools to do what you’re passionate about. I really like what they have to say about shifting the narrative of Africa.” I was hooked and after what was actually a very enjoyable interview process, I was offered the position.
About a week ago I traveled to Pentwater, Michigan to meet with the other Global Advocates and Mama Hope staff for an intensive five-day training session, or “bootcamp” as the staff likes to call it. The best way for me to summarize this experience is that I felt like I was home: the Mama Hope ladies made each of us feel like family members, the Global Advocates were inspiring and quickly became friends, and Mama Hope’s beliefs resonated so deeply with my own.
I feel so blessed to have found Mama Hope, but I feel even more inspired to do the work it has led me to. In the coming weeks I will be writing about my project and my partners in Kenya; Mama Hope’s core values; the international development and sustainability industries; and my experiences fundraising in my community.
So I warmly welcome you to this journey and the Mama Hope magic!