Monthly Archives: November 2015

Success Story from the Republic of the Congo: Ndzoyi Averty Delamizere, Founder of Espace Opoko

Ndzoyi Averty Delamizere was born 29 years ago in the Republic of Congo, a country also known as Congo-Brazzaville to distinguish it from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Ndzoyi was born while his parents were still in high school. Unable to care of him, when he was only 3 months old, they sent […]

Success Story from Liberia: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s First Female President

BONUS POST: Celebrating Nobel Peace Prize winners. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was born in Monrovia, Liberia in 1938. She attended the College of West Africa at Monrovia, moved to the USA with her husband in 1961, and went on to receive three degrees from US-based institutions: a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Madison Business College […]

Success Story from Tunisia: National Dialogue Quartet Awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

BONUS POST: Celebrating those working for peace. On October 9, 2015 the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 was awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its contribution to the building of democracy after the Tunisian Revolution. The Tunisian Revolution, sometimes referred to as the Jasmine Revolution, began in December 2010 and was an early […]

Success Story from South Africa: Nelson Mandela, Advocate for Human Rights and Social Justice

BONUS POST: I have featured many Mandela Washington Fellows on this site, but not their namesake. This post is long overdue. Nelson Rolihlahla “Madiba” Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Mthatha (formerly Umtata) in the Union of South Africa. Initially he grew up with his two sisters. When his father passed away when […]

Success Story from Uganda: Cinderella Anena Supports Peace Initiatives, Gender Equity, and Reproductive Health

Cinderella Anena was born in 1991 and grew up in Kitgum district, Northern Uganda. She was a lively and inquisitive child who excelled at school and enjoyed playing outdoors. At the age of 12 Cinderella became active in Peace Clubs, which were a popular means through which primary school children could advocate for the rights […]

Success Story from Namibia: Onesmus Shoombe is Supporting Healthcare Systems and Community Projects

Onesmus “Jnr Kannase” H. Shoombe was born in 1983 in Okahala village in northern Namibia. He grew up with his parents and four sisters and attributes much of who he is today, in terms of his character, values, and lessons learned to his parents’ influence. As a youngster he found it a challenge to walk […]

Success Story from Liberia: Phillip Garjay Innis, Advocate for Youths and the Environment

Born in the early 1980s in Bomi County during a period characterized by political turmoil, Phillip Garjay Innis’s childhood was riddled with chaos, disruptions, challenges and uncertainties. Many times, during the heat of the civil crises in Liberia, he faced daily the harrowing fear of losing his life or the lives of relatives and friends […]