Jun
8
6:00 PM18:00

Keynote Speaker: South Carolina Youth Leadership Conference

This will be the fourth South Carolina Youth Leadership Conference in which I will have the pleasure of participating.  Besides giving this year's keynote address, I will also be leading the Saturday Service Project, which is a cornerstone of this annual conference.  For more information as well as donation details, please visit: http://www.scyouthleadership.org/

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Dec
15
to Dec 21

Field Visit to Chaitanya (Bangalore, India)

While attending Duke University's Certificate in Nonprofit Management program, I had the pleasure of meeting the founder and managing trustee of Chaitanya Vidyalaya, an organization that provides shelter and education for children in Bangalore, India.  Suparna graciously invited me to visit the organization for the purpose of eventually collaborating on a sustainability/succession plan.  I am honored to have met such a generous person, and look forward to seeing firsthand the school and orphanage he envisioned and brought to fruition.   

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Dec
10
to Dec 14

Training at Grameen Bank (Bangladesh)

Grameen Bank (GB) has reversed conventional banking practice by removing the need for collateral and created a banking system based on mutual trust, accountability, participation and creativity. GB provides credit to the poorest of the poor in rural Bangladesh, without any collateral. At GB, credit is a cost effective weapon to fight poverty and it serves as a catalyst in the over all development of socio-economic conditions of the poor who have been kept outside the banking orbit on the ground that they are poor and hence not bankable. Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder of “Grameen Bank” reasoned that if financial resources can be made available to the poor people on terms and conditions that are appropriate and reasonable, “these millions of small people with their millions of small pursuits can add up to create the biggest development wonder.”

As of September, 2017, it has 8.92 million borrowers, 97 percent of whom are women. With 2,568 branches, GB provides services in 81,399 villages, covering more than 97 percent of the total villages in Bangladesh.

Grameen Bank’s positive impact on its poor and formerly poor borrowers has been documented in many independent studies carried out by external agencies including the World Bank, the International Food Research Policy Institute (IFPRI) and the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS).

http://www.grameen.com/introduction/

Last Updated September 2017 

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Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

Asian University for Women (Guest Speaker)

One of my mentees, Melissa who is from Nepal but is pursuing a public health undergraduate degree in Bangladesh, kindly invited me to "tell a tale" at her university.  Many of her fellow students participate in the Wedu Global mentorship program, like she and I do, so I could barely contain my excitement upon receiving this invitation.  I am grateful for the opportunity to share my story of global citizenship with students at this fantastic university. 

For more information about the Asian University for Women and/or Wedu Global please visit: http://www.auw.edu.bd/about/mission/ or http://www.weduglobal.org/

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