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Eddie Avila

Current Director of Rising Voices. I have also worked as Regional Editor and Spanish Language Editor for Global Voices, as well as a volunteer author for Bolivia. I have been part of GV since 2005. I was part of a team that was awarded a Rising Voices microgrant in 2007 with Voces Bolivianas. Currently based in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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Latest posts by Eddie Avila

26 September 2016

A Specially Designed Keyboard Allows Yorùbá and Igbo Speakers to Type Their Languages

"With this keyboard, we are addressing technical barriers to the use of Yorùbá and Igbo online."

20 September 2016

Ha'e Kuera Ñande Kuera: Reggae and Hip-Hop Expanding the Guarani Culture by Dialoguing With the World

Meet the musical group created by Mbyan youths from Misiones, in Argentina, who compose their realities in the Guarani language and use citizen media to talk about identities.

13 September 2016

Meet the Newly Born Tulu Wikipedia, the 23rd in a South Asian Language!

Tulu is spoken by 3-5 million people in the Indian states of Karnataka and Kerala, plus a sizeable diaspora living in the US and the Gulf countries.

10 August 2016

So Long, Phone Companies. Mexico’s Indigenous Groups Are Getting Their Own Telecoms.

For the first time in history, the Mixe, Mixteco, and Zapoteco populations will get licenses to operate a telecommunications network for indigenous communities to access cellular and Internet services.

27 July 2016

‘Talking Dictionary’ Transmits Language of Japan's Indigenous Ainu People

An online "talking dictionary" is attempting to preserve the Ainu language spoken by the indigenous inhabitants of Japan's northeastern island of Hokkaido.

26 July 2016

‘HiviSasa’, a Kenyan Citizen Media Project for Mobile Web

"Accessible, diverse, transparent information empowers both governments and citizens. Better informed citizens make better decisions about their lives and their government."

25 July 2016

One Children's Song, Translated Into Australia's Many Local Languages

Australia's children are being invited to translate a song into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages for an internet video competition promoting linguistic diversity.

14 June 2016

A Grandmother and Granddaughter in India Are Making Beautiful Media Together

"The whole world is learning, why should I not learn? I have a lot more to learn. It is important to walk along with the world."

9 June 2016

Come Along on a Canoe Ride Through the Amazon With Young Sarayaku Footballers

Every week, Sarayaku youth must travel six hours along the Bobonanza River in Ecuadorian Amazon for a football match. Sarayaku fillmaker Eriberto Gualinga takes you along for the ride.

21 May 2016

Creating a Space for Guinea's National Languages on the Internet

"We must not make anyone feel marginalised because they have little or no understanding of the French language."

29 April 2016

The ‘Urabá Diaries’ Lay Bare the Struggles and Hopes of Young People in Colombia's North

Stories of the Urabeños who, despite armed conflict, the government's indifference, and education systems lacking tolerance, refuse to let history define their future.

21 April 2016

In Australia, Learning the Gumbaynggir Language Three Minutes at a Time

Tune in to an Australian radio show to learn phrases in Gumbaynggirr language. If you happen to miss that episode, head over to their blog to read what you missed.

20 March 2016

Series of Animated Stories Revitalise Indigenous Languages in Mexico

‘68 tongues, 68 hearts’ is an animated project aimed at preserving and sharing the indigenous languages of Mexico through a series of short animations narrated in the indigenous languages.