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Words from Our International Fellows

WID has had the incredible honor of working with some of the world’s most innovative young leaders in the disability rights arena. This page highlights our fellows from 2015 onward. To hear about the experience in the fellows’ own words, continue reading.

Amrita Gyawali

2018 Long-Term CSP Fellow from Nepal
During her time at WID, Amrita worked with WID staff to make 2 PSAs. Watch both below!

PSA #1: Independent Amrita

PSA #2: Employment Matters for Everyone

Roshan Samarawickrama

2016 Long-Term CSP Fellow from Sri Lanka

Mauot Anyang

2016 Long-Term YALI Fellow from South Sudan

Feri Gwata and Temitope Okupe

2016 Short-Term YALI Fellows from Zimbabwe (Feri) and Nigeria (Temitope)

Alieu Jaiteh

2015 Long-Term YALI Fellow from The Gambia
Video interview below:

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Long-Term 2018 International Fellow, Amrita, Presents on Disability

On August 23, 2018 WID’s long-term 2018 international fellow, Amrita Gyawali (CSP), presented about the disability advocacy work she is doing in her home country of Nepal. Well attended by folks from the disability community, as well as some of Amrita’s colleagues from the CSP program, the presentation highlighted the differences between disability advocacy in the U.S. and abroad and introduced people to Amrita’s organization, the Sakshyam Foundation.

In the Nepalese language, “Sakshyam” means “to be capable” and “to be able.” The Sakshyam Foundation aims to make people with disabilities in Nepal aware of their capabilities so they can chase their passions and pursue their dreams. The Sakshyam Foundation does this by creating access to education and employment opportunities for adults and children with disabilities.

A woman in a wheelchair speaks to a room
Amrita’s presentation | Photo by WID

Below is Amrita’s full presentation in PowerPoint and Text formats. Please, take a moment to read them in full; if you have any questions or would like to get in touch with Amrita, email josephine@wid.org.

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Long-Term 2016 International Fellows Present on Disability

On September 1, 2016, WID’s long-term 2016 international fellows, Mauot Anyang (YALI) and Roshan Samarawickrama (CSP), presented on the disability work they are doing in their countries. It was a lively and informative session, which exemplified the vast differences between approaches to disability in the US and abroad. Fellows expressed, as WID has observe in all of our international fellows, a desire to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in their home countries.

Roshan, our Sri Lankan fellow, presented on Equality-based Community  Support And Training (ESCAT), the organization for which he is Program Director in Sri Lanka, which focuses on children with disabilities. ESCAT does several great things for kids with disabilities, such as providing speech and language therapy and facilitating skill-acquisition like basic literacy and handicraft-making.

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Roshan’s presentation | Photo by WID

Mauot, our South Sudanese fellow, presented on the work he is doing as the Secretary of Education for South Sudan Union for Persons with Disabilities (SSUPD). There, Mauot focuses on advocating for inclusive learning environments and sign language and Braille inclusion in schools.

A young man sits before a crowd and talks into a microphone
Mauot’s presentation | Photo by WID

Below are Roshan’s and Mauot’s full presentations in PDF and PowerPoint formats. Please, take a moment to read them in full; if you have any questions or would like to get in touch with either Mauot or Roshan to find out how you can support them, please email charity@wid.org.

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