Archive for April, 2010

Current Cameroon PCV Earns Fulbright Scholarship

April 30th, 2010 by admin

Gloria Twesigye ’07 to research Uganda’s child soldiers

Gloria Twesigye, a 2007 Ohio Wesleyan University alumna, has earned a Fulbright Scholarship to research efforts in Germany to rehabilitate former child soldiers from the Republic of Uganda in Africa.

Currently, Twesigye is completing her second year of service as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Cameroon, where she is teaching English to secondary school students. She will complete her Peace Corps service in August and begin her Fulbright-sponsored research in the fall.

Twesigye, who earned a double major in German and international studies and a minor in economics, is the daughter of Ohio Wesleyan faculty member Emmanuel Twesigye, Ph.D., and his wife, Beatrice.

“Five years ago, we took Gloria to visit Uganda,” says Emmanuel Twesigye, who teaches Christian studies courses. “Gloria saw some former child soldiers, and she heard about the socially disruptive 23-year-old war waged by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

“Gloria also heard of how the LRA had committed gross atrocities by raiding schools in Northern Uganda and kidnapping the students,” continues Twesigye, a former resident of Uganda. “The students had been brainwashed and, by force, trained to fight in the LRA as child soldiers. The girls were also given to the LRA officers as sex slaves and wives. Some of these children were later rescued and sent to schools, and some of them have gone into the German educational system through the Germans’ generous scholarship programs and education aid programs.”

In addition to aiding the former child soldiers, Germany also has assisted Uganda’s internally displaced people—those forced into refugee camps beginning in the late 1980s, he says.

“This is the complicated cultural, social, and political context of disruption in which Gloria’s Fulbright Scholarship award and study will take place,” he says.

The Fulbright Scholar Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is the largest U.S. international exchange program for students, scholars, and professionals worldwide. The program was established by Congress in 1946. Since that time, Fulbright alumni have been awarded 40 Nobel Prizes and have gone on to become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors, and teachers.

In January, OWU history professor Michael Flamm, Ph.D., also was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. His award will support his teaching two courses this fall at the University of San Andrés in Buenos Aires.

OWU sociology-anthropology professor Mary Howard, Ph.D., served as Gloria Twesigye’s academic adviser while she attended Ohio Wesleyan and advised Twesigye on her Fulbright application.

“What amazed everyone was that the bulk of the work was done from the remote African village where Gloria is stationed with the Peace Corps,” Howard says. “Without a doubt, she is a brilliant student, and I’m sure she will continue to be successful in her pursuits. I’m so excited for her. A Fulbright research award is very prestigious and a real foot in the door at many graduate schools.”

Coincidentally, Howard’s son, Matthew Zalla ’94, also earned a Fulbright research award. Zalla, a sociology-anthropology and international studies major and a philosophy and history minor, went to Bolivia to investigate issues of conservation versus farming in the Amazon area.

Also assisting Gloria Twesigye with her Fulbright application was OWU music professor Tim Roden, Ph.D., the University’s director of post-graduate fellowships.

“It was a pleasure working with Gloria as she prepared her Fulbright application,” Roden says. “It was not an easy process for her. She had to travel several hours from the back country of Cameroon into the city just to gain e-mail access, so there would be a flurry of correspondence over the weekend and then she would work on refining her essays during the week. The campus committee interviewed Gloria over the telephone, which was an interesting experience due to the connection periodically going dead.”

Clearly, this OWU alumna impressed the committee, and it’s easy to see why. While at Ohio Wesleyan, Twesigye was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society, Phi Sigma Iota international foreign language honor society, and Omicron Delta Epsilon international economic honor society. She also graduated magna cum laude.

Her sisters Joy and Peace also are OWU graduates. Joy Twesigye ’98, a nurse practitioner, currently is a health policy student at Johns Hopkins University, and Peace Twesigye ’08 is working toward her master’s degree in music (violin performance) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Youngest sister Grace Twesigye is a 2006 Kenyon College graduate and a lawyer in Massachusetts.

Congratulations to Gloria and the Twesigye family.

Africa Rural Connect

April 15th, 2010 by admin

Do you know about the National Peace Corps Association’s Africa Rural Connect (ARC) program? You’ve probably heard of it before, it’s an online collaborative space created to link R/PCVs, development professionals, African farmers, members of the African diaspora, and others in building strong project plans for the development of rural Africa. Theye encourage members of our affiliate groups (like Friends of Cameroon), to take part in this initiative and offer their insight, ideas, and experiences to the many discussions.

Check out the site to learn about our unique idea-sharing platform and Competition for seed-funding.

http://arc.peacecorpsconnect.org/

Peace Corps Response Positions in Guinea

April 15th, 2010 by admin

We recently began recruiting RPCVs from West Africa to teach secondary level Math, Chemistry and Physics in 9 month placements in Guinea, beginning in September 2010.

Secondary Physics Teachers
Secondary Math Teachers
Secondary Chemistry Teachers

Interested RPCVs can submit their applications online by following the links above, or can feel free to contact me directly at the email address or phone number below.

Thank you for your consideration and assistance!

All the best,

Brianna Fischer
Peace Corps Response
Peace Corps
1111 20th St NW
Washington, DC 20526
800-424-8580, extension 2247
bfischer @ peacecorps.gov

Help sought for MICRODEC in Bamenda

April 9th, 2010 by admin

Hello Friends of Cameroon,

Greetings from Cameroon! I hope this email finds you well. My name is Courtney Maloney and I am currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bamenda, Cameroon. Over the past year and 9 months, I have been welcomed into the lives of many wonderful, kind and gracious people. I have learned many valuable lessons, witnessed countless cultural events, and tried my hand at new languages. My work has been with the non-profit Micro Enterprise Development Consultants (MICROEDEC), doing on the ground development work with entrepreneurs, primarily women. As I wrap up my last few months in this developing country that has become my second home, I am undertaking a Peace Corps Partnership Program project with MICROEDEC that will create the first Business Resource Center in the community of Bamenda.

I am writing today to ask for your support in making this project a reality.

Small and medium sized enterprises are truly at the heart of Cameroon’s economy. However, many small business entrepreneurs lack the basic business skills needed to succeed. MICROEDEC is dedicated to growing and educating the small business community here in Bamenda. Having outgrown our current location, MICROEDEC is relocating to a larger office space. This space has the capacity to house a Business Resource Center. The Business Resource Center will provide training for entrepreneurs, as well as computer access, library resources and the opportunity to network. MICROEDEC hopes to outfit the Business Resource Center with computers to teach basic computer skills/computerized accounting techniques, internet access, and a mini-library of relevant business related literature. In addition, we hope to furnish the center with furniture and equipment necessary for effective business trainings, including a projector, laptop, blackboard and flip chart stand, as well as a copy machine, scanner and spiral binder for producing training materials. With the Business Resource Center we can expand our outreach and provide needed skills in a welcoming, convenient space.

For further details regarding the project’s sustainability, implementation and budget, I’ve attached the original Peace Corps Partnership Program Proposal.

If possible, I would truly appreciate your help in forwarding this email and the below link to other members of the Friends of Cameroon organization.

To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit the following link: https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=694-162. Or, go to www.peacecorps.gov, click on the “Donate Now” tab on the left hand side of the screen and then search for the Business Resource Center Project by my last name (Maloney), Project Number 694-162, or by country (Cameroon).

By donating to MICROEDEC’s Business Resource Center project, you will be helping to provide Bamenda’s small business community with many of the resources they need to be independent and successful…the resources with which most of our elementary students in the US are already familiar. I know many of us donate to charitable organizations on a regular basis. Here’s an opportunity to donate to a known project where each and every cent contributed will go directly towards the project cost rather than administration. Plus, you’d be helping me do something good for the people I have come to love and respect.

Many thanks!

Cheers,
Courtney