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Meet CECILIA JACOMET NEWMAN Graphic Designer, Volunteer, Activist Cecilia was born and raised in Chile and Argentina. Being of of French origin, she was exposed to the culture and language of each of both countries.As much as she loved work, she alsowanted to work in projects that Her first job, as a caseworker/graphic designer for acombined the multi-cultural nature, refugee counseling program was a dream job and a life-collaborative spirit and belief in a changing experience. She believed in the project’smission of her first job. Working mission to assist refugees (from Cuba and Southeastwith DeltaWomen has been just Asia), the host community with the cross-culturalthat. adaptation process, and to promote mutual understanding and respect. However the most important thing for her was witnessing the resilience, strength and grace of the human spirit, so evident in the refugees, and the generosity and hospitality of the host community. Cecilia is a passionate believer in women’s rights and honored to be able to assist anorganization like Deltawomen that is so strongly committed to improving the lives of Nigerian women.
Meet CLAUDIA FIERRO Journalist, Volunteer, ActivistClaudia’s activism started in school. Her family went to places of homeless kids to help. Shealways worried about the plight of the homeless children. This influenced her decision tostudy Journalism because she believed that this profession was the best way to denouncethe unfair situations around the world.It was when she went to the University that sherealized the world was a little more complicatedand to denounce was not the way to build abetter world, so she started to work as a volunteerwith the solidarity team at the university. Theywent to orphanages, worked with old people andother activities. Since then, she had been workingfor a cause, recently helped build two schoolsand worked with the reporting flood system in hercountry.She has been working with Deltawomen which makes her very happy because this is also the first time that she is able to use her Journalism expertise to contribute to a cause.
Meet KATHERINE VASQUEZ TARAZONA Joining Delta Women (DW) encouraged her to Lawyer, Volunteer, Activist launch an international affairs blog with friends. She is also now involved in a specialTo Katherine, mankind is a mystery. She just project with fellow DW volunteer, Kirthi’scan’t seem to pull her nose back when International Law Journal.something interests her. More to come? Definitely! An invitation toWhile doing social work when she was at interview for a positive think tank; acceptance asschool, she and a teacher put up a program research associate for Open Briefing, prospectsto work with children and teens from a with a youth magazine...endless.shanty town in Lima. This marked her life.She later joined forces at the “Commissionof Truth and Reconciliation” where shehelped terrorism victims and their relativesget their voice out.As a tutor and lecture assistant in law school,not only was she just a link between studentand professor…to the students, she wassomeone to assist and help them findknowledge.When she enrolled in an internationalprogram, she found a global village where To Katherine, when one does something out ofunderstanding and peace took a new meaning belief and passion, one can’t really seem to feelthat changed her life. minutes go by.
Meet MATTHEW ARISS Women’s Rights Advocate, Volunteer, ActivistThe concept of women’s rights never entered Matthew’s radar until his third year of university.He was then simply unaware of the plight that women faced. He was never told that womenshould be treated like equals, because in his world it had never been necessary. It was justsomething that was done.The women in his family were all as educated as themen, often more so. The women he befriended wereall as capable as him, even smarter. It wasn’t until hehad his first room mate and heard some of her storiesthat he began to understand how unfair the worldcan be. She grew up with a father who didn’t reallycare and a mother who was forced to take on all ofthe responsibility. This left her with a keen desire tocreate a little more equality in the world, and shestart him on his journey out of his little bubble.He has great hopes for humanity. He hopes to someday explore the stars, walk on strangeplanets, see wondrous life forms, to turn this green and blue rock called earth into a bustlingmecca of discovery, hope and creativity and solve the mysteries of the universe. But none of thiswill happen if half of its population is oppressed. Matthew hopes to help people understand that equality makes sense. It makes sense morally. It makes sense economically. It makes sense for simple day to day happiness.
Meet CHARLOTTE LAZARUS Advocate, VolunteerIn her early teens, Charlotte realized that knowledge was power. She pursued the attainment ofknowledge (history, politics, competitive mindset) through schooling, reading, listening,speaking to diverse people and allowing life to impose its sometimes ugly side. In the passingyears, she realized that knowledge also involved cultivating the true essence of her being, herheart and extending compassion to others, directly and indirectly. She always wanted to work with people and impart knowledge. She knows for certain that her true life path involves helping and empowering vulnerable groups particularly women and children. Deltawomen has given her the opportunity to fulfill her heart’s desire and gain knowledge. Her hope for the future is to see Deltawomen flourish and see more women and children healed from their past and move forward towards a brighter future. To Charlotte, activism involves positively building up minds and hearts to help their fellowmen and trying her best to live a life full of integrity and honesty. She believes activism is a key to holding wrongdoers accountable for their actions.
Meet GLORIA ADERO Volunteer, ActivistGloria was born into a family of strong minded girls and is the 6th child. Living in Kenya exposedher to experiences that she otherwise would never have experienced had she not been a girl. She and her sisters started a library in their rural home (Kisumu Kenya) to encourage literacy among the youth. The idea came up in 2009 when they decided to convert their late parents’ rural home into a library in their honor, for educating and teaching them its importance. They wanted to share this with others. This year they managed to ship 11,000 books from the U.S. for the library. Though not yet fully operational, they surely have gone a step further to realizing their dreams.She became an online volunteer in June 2012 because she always wanted to help in projectsthat were cause-oriented. Volunteering became an excellent opportunity for this and she foundit so inspiring that she encouraged her sister to join as well.What’s ahead? Gloria plans to see the success of the library until the end and is working towardsgaining entry into a career in community development now. To Gloria, action and not apathy is what will make the world a better place.