Stories from July, 2009
Voces Bolivianas, the Rising Voices grantee from Bolivia, has gone international. They have started operation in USA, where one of the biggest Bolivian diaspora communities is located. On July 12, six participants took part in the first workshop in Virginia to learn about blogs and create their own blogs.
On the 4th of July FOKO arranged a gathering of the Malagasy blogging community and the professional journalists to discuss how citizen media can contribute to a more complete coverage of the recent political crisis in Madagascar. The meeting was organized according to the format of a Barcamp and the FOKO bloggers wrote about the event.
AIDS Rights Congo's latest blog posts reflect how different segments of Congo's HIV-positive community, from pregnant women to prisoners, are impacted by the stigma that accompanies having the disease.
Rising Voices grantee Abidjan Blog Camps has recently launched a blog outreach campaign targeting the teenagers from high schools of Ivory Coast. The 'blog your holidays' workshop will be held for two weeks. In the first week the students will receive training on citizen journalism and how to blog. On the second week they will search materials for their posts which will be published simultaneously in their own blogs and the project blog.
The Ceasefire Liberia website has become a place "where many Liberians go — to tell their stories — in their own voices with each other. It is also an outstanding resource for people outside the community to learn more about the real struggles of a 21st-century immigrant or refugee", tells the project leader Ruthie Ackerman. In this feature we will highlight some of the blog posts.
Pavel Kutsev, leader of the Drop-In Center project, posts an update of what's going on in the community of Ukrainian substitution therapy program patients.