In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Alight teams have been continuing their important work around the world. We gave some of them the opportunity to share what they’ve been up to – And give Alight’s community of supporters the chance to connect and learn more. It was amazing!
And we recorded them all – for you! Grab a cup of coffee or tea and spend an hour with some of Alight’s amazing team members doing great work!
That’s A Wrap!
Special thanks to all who participated! View the Alight Fall 2020 Workshare events below.
Refugee Coding Schools in Rwanda
Oct. 29, 2020
Presented by Aphrodice Mutangana and Jacques Rumanyika
Hear from Jacques and Aphrodice who are bringing coding to refugee camp residents and host-community members in Rwanda. The first cohort kicked off in October of 2019 in the Gihembe and Nyabiheke refugee camps. Aphrodice shares about how this program is not intended to just train students on coding skills, but has also provided them with mentorship and training in soft skills. Students are tasked with using logic to solve community challenges, and in addition to technical skills, coding by itself can be a tool to develop critical thinking, problem solving and communication skill sets setting more students up for future success and opportunities!
Oct. 22, 2020
Presented by Shadrack Onyango with Igor Radonjic
At Alight, we do the doable. But we also have to find a way to do the impossible. And constructing a water system for the community in Korijo in South Sudan seemed pretty impossible. For years and years this extremely remote community had suffered not being able to access clean, readily available water. The odds and elements were stacked against us – other organizations had tried and failed. Shadrack and his team somehow finally found a way to bring clean water to Korijo.
Mental Health Care in Humanitarian Work
Oct. 15, 2020
Presented by Jamila Abdirahman Omar
No matter where you are in the world, COVID-19 has had an impact on our mental health. So when COVID-19 arrived in the Somali region, Jamila noticed her fellow humanitarian workers at Alight were stretched thin and needed support. Over four months, she led the charge—making sure her Alight teammates can access counseling and creating a hotline for 24-7 mental health support.
Sisters on the Frontline of COVID-19
Oct. 8, 2020
Presented by Annie Nolte-Henning and Sister Astridah Banda
Catholic Sisters all over the world have stepped up to support their communities amidst the global pandemic. Annie and Sister Astridah share how Alight and Sisters have been working together to share verified health messaging, build emergency planning strategies and get Sisters any extra training they may need to protect the communities where they live.
The Rubondo Secondary School in Uganda
Oct 1, 2020
Presented by Andrew Sajja & Michelle Geddes
For YEARS! the refugee community of Rubondo (in Uganda) didn’t have a secondary school. Hundreds of kids would finish primary school, but then they would all dropout. Andrew and Michelle Geddes share how Rubondo Secondary School finally became a reality and what it means.
Sep. 24, 2020
Presented by Kamran Iftikhar Lone
Radio Muallim is a new distance learning education initiative to reach out-of-school children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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