New Member Introductions (13th - 28th April 2021)

Welcome new members! :wave:

We are glad you are here. This is a space where you can make new friends from around the world and keep in touch for solidarity, learning, sharing, and collaboration. Kindly note that this is also a civilized space, with guidelines, for the purpose of improving the discussions. Please take some time to go through our community guidelines.

Here in this topic, we bring together new members to celebrate your arrival.

**Please introduce yourself! How did you find us and what prompted you to join? What are you working on right now that you want to share or that you need help with? Just add a reply using the blue Reply button at the bottom.find us and what prompted you to join? What are you working on right now that you want to share or that you need help with? Just add a reply using the blue Reply button at the bottom.

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Welcome all lovely members! :blush:

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@Lady Ellen Women’s Aid Foundation/LEWAF-Sierra Leone.

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I’m Damilola Akinpelu from Nigeria. I’m the Founder of Pair Hands and Peace Foundation (PHPF). PHPF is a Nigeria based NGO charged with the essential aims of promoting and providing charitable causes through projects to the less privilege and vulnerables. The organization also engage in peace sensitization and training.

The Foundation is planning to execute a project in a remote village in Abuja, Nigeria. This project aims at reaching out to the aged and providing charitable causes to them.

I joined this network to connect with Humanitarians with like minds all over the world so we can better humanity at large.

Thanks.

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Halo am Babala Hassan atiku (Uganda) Kampala.konnektafrica

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Kaiman unao õirbanao.Greetings to all. I am Immaculata Casimero from Guyana. I work with the South Rupununi District Council (SRDC) an indigenous organization in Guyana. Over the months i have been working to raise awareness on domestic violence, child abuse and other social issues that affect our communities.

Along with other local facilitators we have held trainings on: gender; women’s rights; leadership and access to justice. This is the first time Wapichan, Macushi and Wai Wai women are being trained; and these are concepts that the women have little to no baseline knowledge of, making them difficult to explain and discuss.

By being part of this network I hope to learn all I can from what others are doing in their organizations/ countries, and also to share some of the work I am doing here in my country.

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Hello Everyone!

My name is Angel: born in New York City; raised in the Dominican Republic. I am currently working as a Public Health Adviser and Community Engagement Specialist for the largest public health organization in the United States (New York City Health + Hospitals); I spent most of my time reaching out–by phone and in person–to people in the communities hit the hardest by the covid-19 pandemic to provide information and link them with resources to help curb the spread of the corona virus. I also volunteer for several community organizations, mainly Freedom Agenda, an organization that seeks, among other things, to guarantee the closure of Rikers Island, the largest criminal detention center in the world and one of the last penal colonies in the United States.

I spent some time in prison, and credit–to a large extent–my survival and growth to the friends I made and the books I read, including Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom. I came out prison determined to join hands with those who fight injustice everywhere, determined to fight the injustices my imprisoned peers face in the United States, determined to fight along those who believe in keeping wide open the doors to higher education (regardless the circumstances).

I am very excited to become a member of this network, look forward to make new friends, and learn. I was invited to join the Legal Empowerment Network by Professor Sukti Dhital, the Executive Director of the Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at NYU School of Law.

I may have not visited your countries yet, but your countries may have visited me–through stories shared by friends and strangers, as well as through the study of history and literature.

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@DaudaSesay @DamilolaAkinpelu @BabalaHassanAtiku @ImmaculataCasimero @AngelTueros Thank you everyone for joining in this introduction and sharing with us your inspiring works! A big welcome to the Legal Empowerment Network! Feel free to explore our Network’s Member Directory and connect with other members and organizations in your country or region!

We would always encourage everyone to explore the forum and join the discussions that are taking place at the moment. We also have a growing Resource Library where you can find many practitioner guides and hundreds of resources on Legal Empowerment and related thematic issues.

Thanks with regards.

Hi Everyone,

I am Lukoo Mbaire Luc from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I am among the founder of “Secours d’Urgence Congo”, one of the NGOs that has mission to promote the socio-economic recovery of local communities in the areas in which it operates and to build lasting peace cemented by mutual trust between local communities and a climate of collaboration with the populations of the Region of the Great Lakes.

It also helps local communities to discover their rights and engages with local communities through the peace-building activities.

Being part of this big network, I hope to cooperate with others all over the world to intervene and find solution that local communities expected to for long time.

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Uptil now I am struggling to join the live session,can someone help me.

I feel honored to be the member of the family. I will fully participate in the issues of the community.

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Hi @DaudaSesay in case of any further tech issue, feel free to reach out at [email protected]

Good day! I am Samanta S. Buitizon, a 4th year graduating student of Bachelor of Science in Social Work in Palawan State University here in Palawan, Philippines. Last week I was browsing about organizations local or international that could be of great help to the group I am handling right now and saw yours. So I urgently checked onto your details and applied for membership. By the way, the group that I am handling is located in a small rural area, a youth community in Alimanguan San Vicente Palawan. Next week, we will be having our pioneering webinar regarding youth empowerment. I wonder if your good office provides sponsorship or even conducting free seminars and/or skills training, enhancing, etc. that could help us through our webinar? I am really glad that there are organizations like yours that seek to reach out to those young people that just lack opportunities. Thank you so much! More power!

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Hi @SamantaBuitizon welcome to the Legal Empowerment Network and thank you for joining the introduction! As this network is a community of practice for legal empowerment activists and practitioners, the network helpdesk team cannot provide sponsorship or direct support ourselves. However, our network brings together over 2,000 groups and 7,500 individuals, so feel free to check out our member directory for organizations in your country that provides sponsorship or skill training. Hope this is helpful!

Good evening. Thank you so much for the information. On the other hand, I am glad to be a part of your team. Looking forward to hearing and learning a lot of stuff that I can use to empower my co-youths as well here in Palawan, Philippines! Thank you Ms. Thin Thin Htet and to NAMATI. :slight_smile: More power!

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It’s an honour to be part of this amazing group. I know I’m going to learn a lot from all of you who are doing wonderful work in your organizations and countries. Thank you

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I’m Purity from Kenya, happy to be here!

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