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Toh Oy Sim

Maria Skouras | Posted April 19th, 2011 | Uncategorized

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Toh Oy Sim, one of the newest Salaam Wanita eco-basket weavers, exudes positivity when she steps into the eH office.

Like many of the weavers, Toh perseveres in the face of adversity and maintains a positive outlook on life.  She was kind enough to share some of her story with Anne, the eco-basket coordinator who generously acted as our translator, and me.

Toh Oy Sim
Toh Oy Sim

Toh Oy Sim

Toh began by recounting the year she turned 28.  That year was a turning point in Toh’s life and one of one of emotional highs and lows.  She happily married her husband and was hopeful about what the future might hold for them both.  A few months later, her blood pressure started to rise and her health declined.  She felt feverish for about two weeks, and when her condition didn’t improve she went to see her physician.  After running several tests, the doctor informed Toh that her high blood pressure had adversely affected her kidneys, which were shrinking and malfunctioning as a result.   He advised Toh to start undergoing dialysis to stabilize her condition.

When the kidneys are no longer capable of filtering waste products from the blood, dialysis rids the body of toxic substances and helps cells and organs maintain a proper balance of electrolytes.  Toh visits the Dialysis Center for treatments three times per week in the afternoon for four hours each.  Three dialysis treatments at the Center cost 390 RM ($130 USD).

In the years following her diagnosis, Toh decided not to have any children because of the health risks associated with her failed kidneys.  Pregnancy would have also required her to go to dialysis every single day, which was a daunting prospect.

These days, when Toh goes to the Center for treatment, she does so alone.  She seldom sees her husband because he is a truck driver and spends most of his time away from home.

It has been 16 years since Toh was first diagnosed with kidney failure.  Her inconsistent health record has made it difficult for her to find steady work.  Another barrier Toh has faced is her limited education.  She stopped attending school when she was 15 years old to help raise her Aunt’s children.

Toh’s health issues and personal circumstances have only made her want to work harder.  Participation in the Salaam Wanita eco-basket project has given her an opportunity to work from home.  Toh is extremely grateful for this opportunity because the income helps cover some of her medical and household expenses.  She first became involved in the eco-basket project four years ago, when she started rolling magazine paper for the experienced weavers to make baskets.  This is one of the most difficult and time-consuming parts of making the baskets, but Toh has mastered the technique.

Over the past year, Toh has been learning how to make the baskets herself.  She is one of 12 women who were selected to attend basket-weaving trainings under a grant from UBS.   Toh has shown great improvement in the shape and weave of her baskets.  She is proud of her progress because it isn’t easy for her to pull the paper tightly due to weakness and sensitivity in her left arm.

Toh's Eco-Baskets
Toh's Eco-Baskets

Toh presenting her completed eco-baskets

I noticed that each time Toh came to the eH office, she was wearing wool arm warmers in Malaysia’s oppressive heat.  Toh pulled the fabric up and showed me a golf-ball sized protrusion on the inside of her left arm.  She put my hand on top of the mass and I could feel the area vibrating.

Toh Oy Sim
Toh Oy Sim

Toh Oy Sim's arms reveal that she is a dialysis patient

When I asked Toh what the bulge was, she wasn’t sure how to explain it.  I consulted with a doctor and it is likely a fistula, or enlarged vein that is connected to an artery to increase the blood flow through the vein.  In turn, the fistula makes it easier to insert needles to remove the blood and perform haemodialysis to clean it and return it to the body.

Toh organizes her schedule around dialysis, but she does not let it consume her life. While her blood is being cleaned, she continues to roll magazine paper.  At the end of the day, the baskets she’s made fill her with pride.

When she comes to the eH office to drop off her completed baskets, she radiates with satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.

From the Inventory Room to the Sales Table – Baskets in Motion

Maria Skouras | Posted April 13th, 2011 | Uncategorized

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Chong Sheau Ching launched the Salaam Wanita eco-basket project over 7 years ago with the vision of helping women work from home in other ways than using a computer to start e-businesses.

What she didn’t know then was that this project would expand rapidly requiring an office and a full-time eco-basket administrator.  Today the eHomemakers office is home to an inventory room full of baskets and weavers stop by each week for trainings or to drop off orders.  Two technical staff members work part-time from home to manage the “justmarketing” website to promote the baskets to international buyers.

Locally, the baskets are still sold primarily during school sales, fairs, and holiday bazaars.  The sale opportunities vary each month depending on the holidays and whether eH is able to negotiate a free or highly discounted table.   If eH pays full-price for a table they risk losing money if the basket sales aren’t strong.  Fair and festival organizers can give projected attendance numbers based on previous years, but whether the buyers are interested in purchasing the baskets cannot be guaranteed.

Volunteering with eH has given me the opportunity to participate in the intricate process of preparing to sell baskets at a festival.

Step 1: The eco-basket coordinator must keep a calendar of all the upcoming local fairs and festivals that provide good opportunities for basket sales.   The coordinator reaches out to the organizers and requests a free or discounted table at least a month in advance.

Step 2: Once a table has been confirmed, the eco-basket coordinator needs to find volunteers to staff the table.  A culture of volunteerism isn’t established in Malaysia, making it harder to find people willing to spend a day staffing the eco-basket table for free.  In addition, the volunteer must be willing to come to the eH office to pick up all the baskets, promotional brochures, and materials needed for the fair.  eH has very limited funds and resources, so the volunteers must be willing to buy their own lunch and pay for gas and parking as required.

At the end of the day or after the weekend, the volunteers are responsible for returning everything.  eH must also be sure that they can trust whoever is volunteering to protect and return the money that is earned from the basket sales.

It usually requires several text messages and phone calls before dependable and willing volunteers can be identified.

Step 3: A few days before the fair, the eco-baskets that will be sold must be pulled from the inventory.  In the past 2 months, eH started using a bar coding system.  Each basket that will be removed from the inventory room needs to be scanned.  Depending on the size of the table and the number of volunteers available, anywhere from 50 to 90 different baskets will be selected and scanned for the fair.

Scanning the Eco-Baskets
Scanning the Eco-Baskets

Step 4: After the baskets are scanned, each one must be wrapped in a plastic bag to prevent it from being damaged or scratching other baskets when they are packed together.  eH collects and reuses plastic bags for this purpose.  (If the bags are dirty, a volunteer will wash and dry the bags.  Then they are folded into compact triangles and kept in boxes according to size.)

Wrapping the Eco-Baskets
Wrapping the Eco-Baskets

Step 5: Smaller baskets are stored in larger baskets to make them easier to transport.  They are brought downstairs and put close to the door so they can be easily moved outside.

Stacking the Eco-Baskets
Stacking the Eco-Baskets

Step 6: Before or on the actual day of the bazaar, the volunteer will arrive and an eH staff will help that person place the baskets, cash box, and other materials in the car.

Step 7: The volunteer(s) sit at the eH table and try to sell the baskets to potential buyers!  Other handicraft vendors will be present, so the Salaam Wanita eco-baskets must be distinguished from the competition with the personal stories of the women who made them.  As one might expect, on some days the sales prove to be more successful than others.

Steps 8, 9, 10…: The volunteer returns all the materials to the office.  All of the baskets are taken out of the plastic bags, the bags are folded and stored according to size, the unsold baskets are scanned back into the inventory system and put back into their proper storage place, orders are placed with available weavers for more of the top-selling baskets, and the sales money is taken to the bank for deposit.

The process of preparing and restocking the baskets for a one-day event where the sales are not guaranteed is very time consuming.  Moving forward, eH hopes to secure partnerships with international wholesalers and corporations for bigger orders and more consistent income for the weavers.

Q&A with Chong Sheau Ching

Maria Skouras | Posted March 29th, 2011 | Uncategorized

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Each day Chong Sheau Ching (C2) masterfully juggles her household responsibilities with managing eHomemakers (eH).  She paused between taking care of her elderly parents, mentoring her teenage daughter, tending to the garden, making lunch for her employees, and running eH from her home office to answer a few questions for us!

Ching Ching and Eco-Baskets
Ching Ching and Eco-Baskets

1.  As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I didn’t have any aspiration; I was told that I should be a Chinese school teacher like my parents, grandparents (both sets) if I got to complete my 12 year of education. Failing which, I would be a clerk in a sundry shop or a coffee house.  The most important seeds of thoughts given to me was: get married, be a good wife and have sons.

2.  Aside from your family, what couldn’t you live without?

Dreaming of doing more than what I have resources and time for now — travel and discover new things, write, do documentary, all the fun things that also have social impact and change lives.

3.  What is the most challenging aspect of maintaining the Salaam Wanita eco-baskets project?

Helping low-income disadvantaged women to achieve self-reliance is not a common social work here, let alone helping them to work @ home on innovative value-added work and self-empower themselves. Such work needs long -term patience, special tailoring of the activities when possible and deep determination to make things work by the project team. There is no fixed formula. The public, partners/potential partners often misunderstand the goals, and how it can be done properly for sustainability.  Because of this, resources are constrained, making implementation difficult. Further more, such pro-poor concept is hard to implement among the beneficiaries because they are more used to activities that give short-term assistance than long -term hard work, so the drop-out rate after training is high as majority of the beneficiaries choose the short -term way to meet their immediate financial needs.  Also, we specifically choose patients of chronic illnesses to help, they have a lot more medical or mental problems that complicate the self-reliance path. Often we have to deal with women passing away due to medical problems or inadequate medical care.

4.  In what ways do you hope Kuala Lumpur will develop over the next 20 years?

A low-carbon footprint and crime rate city with proper public transport, efficient recycling systems and family-friendly activities.

5.  What advice would you give aspiring social entrepreneurs?

Do what U are passionate about and really hang on for the long haul. Just remember this: Deepavali- the Hindu festival that celebrates light over darkness is real.

Ching Ching discussing the eco-baskets
Ching Ching discussing the eco-baskets

eHomemakers’ Guardian Angel, Justina

Maria Skouras | Posted March 14th, 2011 | Uncategorized

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A few months before I came to Malaysia, eH moved from their office location to a house in a residential neighborhood.   A house is the perfect working environment for an organization that encourages women to be entrepreneurial from home when it best fits their circumstances.  A house also provides ample space for basket weaving trainings, visitors and short term volunteers to stay over, a room with computers for staff members, and space for the eco-basket inventory.

During my first week at eHomemakers, I stayed late to help C2 and a longtime eH volunteer, Lucy, organize some files and other items.  C2 asked me to take a box of old invoices up a flight of stairs to a storage space that hangs over the second floor of the house.

Up the Stairs to the Storage Space
Up the Stairs to the Storage Space

Up the Stairs to the Storage Space

I was hunched over, ready to push the box in when C2 yelled up that she had a great idea.  “Don’t come down yet!”

She ran up the flight of stairs with a small box and gave it to me to hold while she inspected the space.  She asked herself, “What is the perfect location?”

I looked at the box and wasn’t sure why it needed a perfect location.  It seemed like an ordinary box.

C2 opened up a wicker container that resembled a picnic basket and held out her hand for me to pass her the box.  She exclaimed, “Ah Ha!  Justina will like this.”  C2 gently slid the box in the container, cleared away the nearby boxes, closed the door to the storage space, and we both descended the staircase.

Having just arrived, I thought I might still be delirious from the jet lag and that I had mistakenly heard C2 call the box by a name.

C2 explained that I heard her correctly—in the box was the ashes of one of her longtime staff members, Justina.

Justina was a Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) patient who needed a gallbladder operation to have gallstones removed, but the general hospital pushed back the operation date several times over several months.  The SLE compounded the symptoms from the gallstones, causing her to experience a great deal of pain.  At the beginning of January she went to the hospital for the last time.  She fell into a coma and passed away three days later on January 5, 2011 at age 49.

Justina
Justina

Justina

eH provided an encouraging atmosphere for Justina, who struggled from bipolar disorder and health complications from the SLE.  Over the years Justina’s fluctuating physical condition and mood swings made it difficult for her to find a steady job to support herself.  Although she had brothers and sisters, she lived alone and wanted to be independent and self-sufficient.  She was working a few days a week at the SLE office in KL as a cleaner, but wanted to further improve her quality of life and income.  She originally came to eH for computer training and ended up applying her newfound skills to a job in the eH office.  She helped record the eco-basket inventory, tag the baskets for sales, prepare the baskets for transport to the bazaars, sell the merchandise, and keep the office tidy.

A loyal employee, Justina commuted 2 hours to and from work.  If she needed to work at the office multiple days in a row, she would have dinner and sleep at C2’s house to reduce her commute time.  With the new office’s location in a house, Justina was enthusiastic about staying there and keeping everything in order.  Sadly, Justina never had the opportunity to enter the new eH headquarters.

When Justina died, her family members buried most of her ashes near her father’s grave.  C2 also requested some ashes to bring Justina to the eH house.  C2 also plans on helping Justina come closer to achieving some of her dreams; she always wanted to go on a cruise, meet the Queen of England, and meet President Obama.  While C2 might not be able to fulfill these wishes exactly, she hopes to spread some of Justina’s ashes here in Malaysia on a cruise boat, in the USA, and in London.

Justina Selling Baskets at a Fair
Justina Selling Baskets at a Fair

Justina Selling Baskets at a Fair

The eH staff became much more to Justina than colleagues; they were her family and she spent most of her time with them.  C2 recalled Justina’s appreciation for the opportunity to work with eH.  “She came to work with enthusiasm.  She completed her tasks with passion and pride.”  Lucy often worked in tandem with Justina to sell the eco-baskets at bazaars.  She remembered adjusting to Justina’s mood swings, but also fondly recounted her selling prowess and ability to market the baskets to new buyers.  Lucy became very close with Justina over the years at eH.   “She had a very good heart.  She was my best friend.”

While Justina wasn’t able to see the house before she passed away, she is there now.  C2 frequently reminds her staff members that Justina is eH’s guardian angel, watching over the staff members and protecting eH.

Eco-Basket Challenges – Training, Retention, and Sales

Maria Skouras | Posted March 2nd, 2011 | Uncategorized

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The Salaam Wanita eco-basket project provides employment for women whose circumstances and health problems restrict their options for work.  While eco-basket trainings and sales help women achieve economic independence, there are a number of challenges and considerations involved.  Below are three of these complex topics.

1. Encouraging women to participate in trainings – Many of the women eH assists are not used to receiving opportunities.  Extreme financial hardships, disabilities, chronic diseases, and a lack of education have shaped their limited outlook on their own potential.  Many have become accustom to begging or selling flowers outside of mosques and temples to make quick money to cover their expenses and provide for their families.

Learning a new skill like basket weaving may seem too daunting for women who are not used to trying new things and do not have experience in handicrafts.  It also involves risk—they must spend time being trained; must invest in the basic tools needed to make baskets, such as measuring tape, eco-friendly paint, natural glue, a hammer, and other materials; and be willing to collect discarded magazines.  The more time they spend practicing how to make baskets, the more they will perfect their skills and be able to make the more advanced styles and designs.  Again, this all requires time that could be used to make quick money.  eH must educate the women on the long-term benefits that learning a craft can have for their families and overall  confidence that earning quick cash cannot provide.

2.  Retaining Weavers - The first constraint is tied to retaining the weavers after training.  The women may make it through the training, but then fall back into activities that provide immediate financial gratification.  Urgent family circumstances and the needs of ill children increase the necessity of income.  eH has tried to provide money up-front for women under extenuating circumstances, but this is not a sustainable way to assist the women or run an organization.

The women are also under no obligation to stay with the Salaam Wanita eco-basket project after the training.   They may decide to start their own microenterprise selling the baskets and not contribute to the Salaam Wanita project.   While this could be perceived as a negative outcome, eH views this as a success.  In addition to practical skills, the training is meant increase the women’s self-confidence and assertiveness so they feel comfortable making their own decisions.   As a result, eH encourages the women to decide how they can best sustain themselves.

3. Unpredictability of Basket Sales – At the same time that eH encourages women to learn weaving skills, eH must also inform them that a certain number of basket sales is not guaranteed per month.  Months with holidays and more bazaars usually produce more sales.  The sales are also contingent upon the time and effort the eH staff spends marketing the baskets and finding sales opportunities, the availability of volunteers to staff the eco-basket booth at fairs, and international demand.

When orders come in, eH contacts the weavers who are able to make the requested models.  Those who respond first with their availability will be given the order.  The weavers receive half of the selling price upfront for the baskets.  The remainder of the sale goes to cover eH’s office rent, equipment costs, and eH staff salaries, leaving little, if any, profit.

Ideally, eH needs to secure partnerships with wholesale retailers in countries around the world so they do not need to spend time marketing to individual businesses and stores.  This would also produce a more reliable stream of orders and income for the weavers.  eH is taking steps towards this goal, but first they need to calculate the pricing for packing, shipping, and bulk orders to be sure they are charging the right price for the baskets to comfortably maintain the project.

Meet Agila

Maria Skouras | Posted March 2nd, 2011 | Uncategorized

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Weaving for about a year now, Agila is one of the newest women to learn how to make basic baskets.   She was one of 13 women selected in April 2010 for basket-weaving training supported by a grant from the global financial company, UBS.  The grant covers 4 weeklong trainings over the course of a year and pays the women for the baskets they produce during that time.

As a low-income resident of the Rumah Panjang area on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Agila was one of the women referred for the training.  “Rumah Panjang” means “long house” and is a term for modest housing utilized by indigenous or nomadic people living mostly in jungle and rural areas.  Each long house development is different, but the government subsidizes these particular houses for people who are suffering from severe economic hardships.

Rumah Panjang or Long Houses
Rumah Panjang or Long Houses

Rumah Panjang or Long Houses

Each unit within the long house complex has a single room that serves as both a living room and bedroom for its inhabitants, a kitchen, and a restroom.  Agila grew up in the house, which belongs to her parents and now houses 11 family members including her 5 siblings and their wives/husbands and children.  The government charges a nominal monthly fee to live in the long houses and the residents are responsible for paying their own electric and water bills.

Agila's niece and nephew
Agila's niece and nephew

Agila's niece and nephew

Agila received an education until she was 15 years old.  Her favorite class was math and she dreamed of becoming a teacher.  As the eldest child in her family, she dropped out of school to help take care of her siblings.   She married in her early 20’s to a man she was dating for a number of years, but marital issues dissolved her union five years later.

5 years after the divorce, she awoke with a high fever and went to a public hospital for care.  She was released from the hospital with an inconclusive diagnosis and six years ago she lost feeling in both of her legs and one of her hands.  Nerve damage now prevents her from walking normally and standing up straight.  She can only walk with assistance or by holding onto stationary objects and furniture.   She tried physical therapy and acupuncture, but the treatments were too costly and required transport that she does not have.  Now she relies on natural supplements to improve her condition.  Since taking AyuVita pills, Agila feels that her strength has increased and she feels more mobile.   She spends the majority of her income on the pills, which cost RM400.00 (about $130 USD) per month.

Other than the low-cost housing, Agila does not receive any official support.  To sustain herself, she weaves baskets, prepares and sells a local dish called Nasi Lemak on the roadside, and creates strings of flowers for special occasions and places of worship.  Because the basket orders vary per month and Agila is still perfecting her weaving technique, she must work additional jobs to ensure earnings.  Her siblings do not have steady incomes and when they do it is put towards their own families’ needs.  Agila’s parents make money to cover the rent, bills, and food by working as gardeners and cleaners at a local golf course.

Agila and her sister making strings of flowers
Agila and her sister making strings of flowers

Agila and her sister making strings of flowers

Flowers Agila collected
Flowers Agila collected

Flowers Agila collected

Even though Agila lacks full mobility in one of her hands, she is still able to make 13 different styles of baskets.  The improvement in her confidence and feeling of self-reliance encouraged her to develop other skills, like making the strings of flowers.  While her family members are unable to provide her with financial assistance, they help her gather magazines to make baskets and are supportive of her participation in the Salaam Wanita project.   Agila remains hopeful that one day she’ll be able to walk normally again and that her jobs will continue to sustain her.

Agila showing us one of her baskets
Agila showing us one of her baskets

Agila showing us one of her baskets

Thank you, Agila, for welcoming us in your home and sharing your story.

The Birth of eHomemakers

Maria Skouras | Posted February 11th, 2011 | Uncategorized

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Chong Sheau Ching, known to friends as Ching Ching or C2, is the founder of eHomemakers (eH) and the Salaam Wanita eco-baskets project.  She completed a Master’s degree in international administration in Vermont and held an international career with the United Nations before returning home to raise her daughter in the 1990s.

Back in Malaysia, C2 became the primary caretaker for her parents and mentally challenged brother.  With these responsibilities and a newborn on the way, C2 needed to work from home.  She applied her love of writing and storytelling to a freelance career as a columnist with Malaysia’s leading English newspaper, The Star.  In her column, C2 ruminated on religion, family relationships, parenting, and other issues.

As a columnist for The Star, C2 balanced her family responsibilities while working from home and she believed other women could do it too.  However, one of the main deterrents was the widespread social stigma against women work from home and raise their children rather than having a more “prestigious” career in an office.

C2 wrote about her personal experiences being disparaged for this in “A Job Only Mothers Can Do.”   Mothers across Malaysia emailed C2 to share their own challenges and to seek advice on how to create more prospects for working from home.  The overwhelming response to the article motivated C2 to find a way to help other women improve their circumstances.

C2 hard at work in her home office
C2 hard at work in her home office

C2 hard at work in her home office

eHomemakers was born out of C2’s vision of using computer technology to empower homemakers to create their own online businesses and to connect with employers through the Internet.  The website is a portal of information to get users started working at home and able to create sustainable, profitable businesses.  The site also features discussion forums to exchange ideas on domestic issues and tips for single parents in areas such as childcare, law, nutrition, health, and financial planning.

Since eH was launched 13 years ago, it has registered over 16,000 users.  The site’s popularity is indication of its value for Malaysia’s citizens and the power of using ingenuity to prosper during difficult times.   Due to the persistence of people like C2, the perception of working from home continues to improve in Malaysia.  Check out eHomemaker’s site here.

Intro to the Salaam Wanita Eco-Basket Project

Maria Skouras | Posted February 11th, 2011 | Uncategorized

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eHomemakers empowers women who need to work from home to balance their familial responsibilities with employment.  One of eH’s primary missions is to train women who are homebound due to mental and physical disabilities and chronic diseases to support themselves.  In some cases, the women are staying home to take care of children and dependents that have disabilities.

A lack of finances and resources has deterred many of these women from getting an education or gaining computer skills.   As a result, they have never had the opportunity to work and have become accustom to rejection from employers, classmates, and family members.  These constraints have contributed to a lack of self-worth and struggles with depression.

Early in the process of creating eHomemakers, C2 realized that she would need other ways than computer technology to help underserved women help themselves.  C2 was looking for another skill that interested women could acquire from home when she met a woman who had developed a basic weaving process out of discarded magazines.  This was the answer C2 was looking for – an eco-friendly activity that women could do from home without purchasing materials!

Salaam Wanita Eco-Baskets
Salaam Wanita Eco-Baskets

Salaam Wanita Eco-Baskets

In 2002, eH started providing basic eco-basket training sessions for low-income women in Ipoh and Klang Valley.  Since then, over 170 women have been trained and the weavers have developed more complex and intricate patterns that make the Salaam Wanita eco-baskets stand out from competitors.  (Salaam Wanita means “Recognizing Women.”) Their willingness to try something new, determination to conquer the frustrations involved with mastering the weaving process, and originality in creating new designs illustrates how successful each of these women can be when presented an opportunity.  Click here to view some brief videos explaining the eco-basket project and learn more about the weavers.

The eH staff members help market and sell the baskets at local bazaars, places of worship, schools, in stores, and online through the Justmarketing website.  In return, the weavers receive fair wages for their work and are able to improve their families’ quality of life.  While it isn’t easy to build partnerships to sell the baskets to international markets, I am working with the eH staff to bolster their outreach efforts.

In future posts, I’ll go more into depth on the challenges that eH, the weavers, and the eco-basket project face.  Thanks for reading.

Fellow: Maria Skouras

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Althea Middleton-Detzner
Carolyn Ramsdell
Jessica Varat
Lindsey Crifasi
Rebecca Gerome
Zachary Parker

Middle East

Corrine Schneider
Rachel Brown
Rangineh Azimzadeh

North America

Elizabeth Mandelman
Farzin Farzad

2008 Fellows

Adam Nord
Annelieke van de Wiel
Juliet Hutchings
Kristina Rosinsky
Lucas Wolf
Chi Vu
Danita Topcagic
Heather Gilberds
Jes Therkelsen
Libby Abbott
Mackenzie Berg
Nicole Farkouh
Ola Duru
Paul Colombini
Raka Banerjee
Shubha Bala
Antigona Kukaj
Colby Pacheco
James Dasinger
Janet Rabin
Nicole Slezak
Shweta Dewan
Amy Offner
Ash Kosiewicz
Hannah McKeeth
Heidi McKinnon
Larissa Hotra
Hannah Wright
Krystal Sirman
Rianne Van Doeveren
Willow Heske

2007 Fellows

Johnathan Homer
Adam Nord
Audrey Roberts
Caitlin Burnett
Devin Greenleaf
Jeff Yarborough
Julia Zoo
Madeline England
Maha Khan
Mariko Scavone
Mark Koenig
Nicole Farkouh
Saba Haq
Tassos Coulaloglou
Ted Samuel
Alison Morse
Gail Morgado
Jennifer Hollinger
Katie Wroblewski
Leslie Ibeanusi
Michelle Lanspa
Stephanie Gilbert
Zach Scott
Abby Weil
Jessica Boccardo
Sara Zampierin
Eliza Bates
Erin Wroblewski
Tatsiana Hulko

2006 Interns

Laura Cardinal
Jessical Sewall
Alison Long
Autumn Graham
Donna Laverdiere
Erica Issac
Greg Holyfield
Lori Tomoe Mizuno
Melissa Muscio
Nicole Cordeau
Stacey Spivey
Anya Gorovets
Barbara Bearden
Lynne Engleman
Yvette Barnes
Charles Wright
Sarah Sachs

2005 Interns

Eun Ha Kim
Malia Mason
Anne Finnan
Carrie Hasselback
Karen Adler
Sarosh Syed
Shirin Sahani
Chiara Zerunian
Ewa Sobczynska
MacKenzie Frady
Margaret Swink
Sabri Ben-Achour
Paula
Nitzan Goldberger

2004 Interns

Ginny Barahona
Michael Keller
Sarah Schores
Melinda Willis
Pia Schneider
Stacy Kosko
Carmen Morcos
Christina Fetterhoff
Stacy Kosko
Bushra Mukbil

2003 Interns

Erica Williams
Kate Kuo
Claudia Zambra
Julie Lee
Kimberly Birdsall
Marta Schaaf
Caitlin Williams
Courtney Radsch

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