U.S. Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Host U.S. Peers in N’Djamena-based Community Projects

Mandela Washington Fellowship ‘Reciprocal Exchange Program’ participants (l to r) Mandela Fellow host Israel Djonabaye, U.S. program peer Vid Micevic, U.S. program peer Monique Philpot, and Mandela Fellow host Hal Souakar Ambera

Two alumni of the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship Program, Israel Djonabaye and Hal Souakar Ambera, recently hosted two program ‘peers’ from the United States, Vid Micevic and Monique Philpot.  These young American leaders visited Chad to take part in two projects: Development of an Entrepreneur Ecosystem in Chad, and a project to construct educational playgrounds using readily-available materials.  Israel and Vid teamed up for the entrepreneurial program, which included a skills development presentation to a large group of YALI members interested in building new businesses, while Hal and Monique joined forces to not only build a well-received community playground in N’Djamena, but also helping other community activists to sustain the project using community labor and local materials.  Please listen to the two attached audio interviews – the first featuring Israel and Vid, with the second featuring Hal and Monique.  We think you will be inspired!