As 2014 comes to a close and we usher in a new year, I am taking the time to reflect on the impact our programs have had on people and communities all over the world – from South Sudan to closer to home in New Orleans. I am so proud of the work we do: ensuring access to high quality informationand supporting independent, local media all over the world. This valuable work would not be possible without you.
I want to be a mirror of my nation. I want to be the voice of the voiceless women and children in this country." That's the inspiring voice of Aquilina Adhel, a journalist Internews works with in South Sudan.
At Internews, I'm always proud of our incredible staff. I'm proud of the work they do, of course, but also proud of the people they are. Today's email is different than our usual news, but I wanted to take the opportunity to share a personal story from someone very important to all of us at Internews, our COO David Creekmore.
I joined Internews' board of directors this past year because I believe that a free press and access to information are the keys to building stable democracies over time. Accessing high quality information – whether through radio or the internet -- can play a catalytic role in communities' growth and progress.
Rose Nyala is a 44-year-old mother of two who has been living with HIV for the last 11 years. A teacher at Bomondo Church of God Primary School in Nyamira, Kenya, she has never regretted going public about her status.
Last week, a generous donor announced that she would match every donation to Internews, dollar for dollar, until we reached $30,000. Today, I am happy meet this challenge with my own donation, as well to tell my own story and why I support this organization.
I've served on Internews' board for the last few years because I believe passionately in information's power to transform, empower, and save lives.
I've had the opportunity to see this firsthand from my home in Silicon Valley, working with organizations and companies that use technology to make information more accessible, more useful, more powerful.
In The Guardian, Jeanne Bourgault, Internews President & CEO, and Daniel Bruce, Internews Europe Chief Executive, argue that journalists on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak have a vital role in stopping the epidemic: messaging campaigns from governments and international aid workers are important, but not enough.