Stories about RV Blogger Profiles
Rising Voices gets to know another new podcaster from our grantee project in Bhutan. Karma Dupchu shares his story about an experience that helped launch his interest in audio stories and how he wants to take full advantage of the opportunity.
Rising Voices gets to know Jigme Tshewang, a new podcaster and part of the project organized by the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy, which is being supported by an RV microgrant. Read Jigme's thoughts on this digital form of storytelling.
Meet Oumar Dembélé, a primary schoolteacher in Cinzana-Gare, one of Ségou Region villages. Oumar is also one of the participants in the Rising Voices grantee project Ségou Villages Connection. In this email interview, Oumar shares the state of technology in Ségou, the needs to improve this situation, and his aspirations for the future.
Yaya Coulibaly is an agronomist in Cinzana-Gare, a village located in the Ségou region. He is also a participant in the Rising Voices grantee project Ségou Villages Connection, where he has taken part in various citizen media trainings conducted, as a way to tell some of the stories of these rural communities despite many difficulties in regards to internet connectivity.
Blogger Sara Abd Al-Maktari started as a participant in the first workshops offered by Rising Voices grantee Empowerment of Women Activists in Media Techniques (EWMAT) in Yemen. Since then, she has volunteered to lead another round of workshops to teach women about the use of citizen media.
“Exploring Taboos” project, organized by Cairo-based Nazra team, is one of the newest grantees of Rising Voices. Ahmed Awadalla participated in the first workshop of the project and is now one of the leading bloggers. We have talked with him recently to learn more about him and his work.
Tahina Rakotomanarivo blogs from Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar. In 2008 he attended a citizen media workshop organized by FOKO, the Rising Voices grantee in Madagascar, and his life changed. We caught up with Tahina in an email interview to learn more about him and his works.
For the past three years, the Medellín-based project HiperBarrio project has focused on shining a light on different neighborhoods around the city. However, it has been the hard work of the project coordinators and the new bloggers, who have added life to the project. This is another interview with one of these bloggers, Yesenia Corrales, who will also be present at the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit in Santiago, Chile that will be held on May 6-7.
"Nat's work changes lives in Liberia and beyond and is a constant reminder to me of why citizen media is important," is how Ruthie Ackerman, the founder of Ceasefire Liberia describes the work of Nat Nyuan-Bayjay, the project's blog manager. Nat will be on hand at the Global Voices Summit in Santiago, Chile on May 6 & 7 to share about his work.
“I want to make my province known” asserts blogger Edgar Andres Yana Lisme, who lives in Chaguaya village in the Camacho province of Bolivia. In January 2008 Edgar joined a blog outreach workshop organized by the Rising Voices grantee Voces Bolivianas. He does not have internet or mobile signal in his village on the Altiplano. But he travels to El alto (about 2 hours away from home) to upload content to his blog, his twitter account, his Facebook account and his Flickr account.
Getutza admits that she is a timid person. However, she has discovered that blogging has helped her overcome this shyness thanks to her participation in the Blogging the Dream project from the Orizonturi Foundation in Campulung Moldovenesc in Romania. Ever since she started her blog Singuratate, she has found an outlet to express her thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
“Liberia is good at history making,” says Saki Golafale, one of the members of Ceasefire Liberia, citing the fact that his country was one of the first independent nations in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as was the country that elected the female president on the continent. However, Saki also strongly believes that the Liberian people continue to make their own history after years of civil war, and he wants the whole world to know it.
Back in 2005, Nora Catalina Urquijo already had a blog on MSN Live Spaces, but says about her early days blogging, “what I didn't know was the power that a blog had.” Nearly two years later after joining the HiperBarrio project in the La Loma neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia, Nora Catalina has found out firsthand what its power can do for her, for her neighborhood, and for others.