The AllPeopleBeHappy Fellows program provides financial support for persons committed to working for a non-profit organization for a minimum of 9 to 12 months. This program, initiated in 2013, selected four AllPeopleBeHappy Fellows for 2013-2014 (Gregory, Austin, Kayongo, Brandt), two AllPeopleBeHappy Fellows for 2014-2015 (Peake, Fenton), two AllPeopleBeHappy Fellows for 2015-2016 (Clement, Pawletko), two AllPeopleBeHappy Fellows for 2016-2017 (Acheng, Bailey), four AllPeopleBeHappy Fellows for 2017-2018 (Brown, Kishida, Louis, Oliver), one AllPeopleBeHappy Fellow for 2018-2019 (Sala), three AllPeopleBeHappy Fellows for 2019-2020 (Charle, Gaitan, Louis), and five AllPeopleBeHappy Fellows (Charle, Qararha, Chinchilla, Ndyamwijuka, Abojesh) for 2020-2021.
GONAL FRANSUA CHARLE
Gonal Fransua Charle has been selected as a 2019-2020 AllPeopleBeHappy Fellow, working with Education Across Borders (EAB), a non-profit organization that serves extremely marginalized communities in the Dominican Republic, while providing service-learning opportunities for US youths. Gonal has been working as an Academic Mentor and Project Coordinator. His main responsibilities involve providing logistical support to approximately 100 students who receive EAB’s support for their studies, from primary level through university. Gonal is charged with planning, convening, and directing monthly meetings of EAB’s scholarship students, as well as individual meetings with students in the interims. With the university students, he will work closely with them to aid in their timely registration and advantageous course selection, as well as helping them achieve greater independence with college level study skills and work completion. He will track and submit reports of grades/progress for college students on a monthly basis, and for other students on a semester basis. During 2019-2020, Gonal shepherded 6 students in obtaining their college degrees. The Foundation has awarded Gonal a second AllPeopleBeHappy Fellows grant for 2020-2021.
MARIA ELISA ESPINOZA GAITAN
Maria Elisa Espinoza Gaitan has been selected as a 2019-2010 AllPeopleBeHappy Fellow, working with Green Empowerment (GE) in Nicaragua. Since 1997, GE has worked with local partners around the world to strengthen communities by delivering renewable energy, safe water, complementary health and environmental projects, and training. Nicaragua is Green Empowerment’s oldest program country with partnerships with three local NGOs, AsoFenix, ATDER-BL, and El Gorrión. 2018 was an extraordinarily difficult year for Nicaragua due to civil unrest that erupted in April. The stress and delays caused the U.S. Embassy and other international NGOs to close their doors, and Green Empowerment to suspend its service-learning program. Program Assistant and Nicaragua native, Maria Elisa Espinoza Gaitan was critical to maintaining GE’s efforts on the ground. The task for Maria Elisa Espinoza in 2019-2020 is to re-establish and expand the in-country program by 1) support local partner ATDER-BL by developing cross organizational budget, 2) formalize and implement Solar Revolving Loan Fund Program for at least 40 families, 3) establish 2 new
partnerships, 4) standardize GE’s administrative training materials in English and Spanish, and 5) apply for new grants.
Julio Louis, a 2017-2018 AllPeopleBeHappy Fellow, has again been selected as an AllPeopleBeHappy Fellow, working with Yspaniola. Julio grew up in Batey Libertad, a small rural community of Dominicans, Haitians, and Dominican-Haitians in the Cibao region of the Dominican Republic. As the 2017-2018 AllpeopleBeHappy Fellow, Julio stepped into a leadership role in the Yspaniola organization as Director of Operations of Yspaniola’s Batey Libertad Learning Center. He is involved in overseeing all Yspaniola programs; in particular, the experiential learning program, the university scholarship program, and directing Yspaniola’s participation in other community projects in Batey Libertad. For 6 months in 2018, Julio, under a different fellowship, was in the US (New Orleans) to build relationships and to learn more about the US culture. Upon returning to Batey Libertad, Julio’s task in 2019-2020 is to 1) register children into PNRE (National Plan for the Regularization of Foreigners), 2) administer the University Scholarship Program for high school students, and 3) administer the Experiential Service-Learning Trip program.
Alaa Qararha has been selected as a 2020-2021 AllPeopleBeHappy Fellow, working with Collateral Repair Project (CRP), a non-profit organization working to serve refugees in Amman, Jordan. Originally founded in 2006 to aid Iraqis fleeing sectarian violence, CRP has now expanded its work to serve Syrians, Somalis, Sudanese and Yemenis displaced by conflict. Alaa is serving in the role of Youth Programs Officer.
The major components of CRP’s youth programming involve addressing the educational difficulties that many refugee children and teenagers struggle with as a result of conflict and displacement. Alaa’s role would be to supervise CRP’s After-School Club, as well as support CRP’s Back To School campaign in 2020. In her supervision of CRP’s after-school programming, Alaa would be required to engage extensively with beneficiaries, their parents and the volunteers who support the programs. CRP’s Back To School Campaign seeks to encourage refugee children to attend school in Amman, and attempts to address the various barriers to entry they might encounter. These barriers include financial constraints, discrimination, trauma-related stress, and gaps in their schooling.
The AllPeopleBeHappy foundation has awarded a Fellows grant to Nicol Chinchilla Cordero, working with Amigos de las Americas in Costa Rica. AMIGOS has traditionally been a service-learning and cultural exchange program for US and Latin American students, but in Jan 2020, it launched a new initiative to expand to year-round programming for Latin American students in Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica. This pilot program is being led by Nicol, who as Amigos Costa Rica Coordinator, teaches leadership development and community engagement concepts to 15-20 youths, and help student teams execute community service projects.
The AllPeopleBeHappy foundation has awarded a Fellows grant to Charles Ndyamwijuka, working with Global Emergency Care (GEC) in Uganda. With this grant, Charles, formerly Research Associate and Financial Manager with GEC, is being promoted to Operations Manager. In this new capacity, he will be planning, directing, and coordinating GEC’s operation in Uganda, which include the teaching and training activities at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, and Nyakibale Hospital. He is expected to also support the opening of 3 new Emergency Departments in Uganda hospitals annually (year one) and 9 by year three; greatly increasing access for unserved populations to 10,000 patients in year 1 and 60,000 patients by year 3.
Collateral Repair Project
Duaa Abojesh has been selected as a 2020-2021 AllPeopleBeHappy Fellow, working with Collateral Repair Project (CRP), a non-profit organization working to serve refugees in Amman, Jordan. Originally founded in 2006 to aid Iraqis fleeing sectarian violence, CRP has now expanded its work to serve Syrians, Somalis, Sudanese and Yemenis displaced by conflict. Duaa is serving in the role of Early Childhood Coordinator. In that capacity, she is monitoring the transition of the preschool curriculum to an online format, training teachers and parents on how to do learning activities with children, and working with the Monitoring and Evaluation team to do assessments.