Greetings! – from P&S new Monitoring & Evaluation and Communications Officer
I send my greetings to the readers of the Primeiras and Segundas program blog! A little over two months ago, I joined the Primeiras and Segundas team as the new Monitoring & Evaluation and Communications Officer. I enter this position after two years living and working in the central province of Zambezia in the border town of Milange where I served as a community health volunteer with the United States Peace Corps. And so it is with the dust of Milange at my heels and the sparkle of Angoche’s blue waters in my eyes that I take on this role. I give my thanks to the Primeiras e Segundas program staff and folks with CARE-WWF Alliance who have welcomed me with open arms and entrusted me to manage this blog for 2013.
In these few months I hope to capture what incredible work the Primeiras and Segundas program is doing to empower people served to be better stewards of their environment and to guide them towards more sustainable and secure livelihoods.
While most of what you will read from me will be written by my hand, it will not be written in my voice. I aim to write in a voice representative of the project and our counterparts. I aim to write in the voices of the people with whom we work; serving merely as the portal through which lived experiences are shared and translated. It is my hope that you, the reader, will feel as though you are right here with us.
But for this I need your help.
Leave comments. Ask questions. Share what you find here with your friends, colleagues, and loved ones. What inspires you, help it to inspire others.
You play an important role in our program.
People like you with caring hearts and curious minds eager to read our stories from the field inspire us and the people we work alongside.
A local artisanal fisherman asked me to take his picture. “Go and show your friends and family the new friend you made,” he said. I promised him I would share it with the world.
And so, I leave you with his smiling face.
To our next year together,
Hayley Elizabeth Freedman