TV show on volunteerism In Malawi by LEAD & Fulbright Association

Some of the Fulbright Association delegation was interviewed on a prominent TV station in Malawi on the topic of “volunteerism” with the LEAD-FA collaboration as a prime example. We had Professor Sosten Chiotha, head of LEAD SEA, Dr. Jack Allison, Dr. Zipangani Vokhiwa, Sienna Eger and Kim Eger answer questions and share views on volunteerism, collective impact.

During this 2018 Fulbright Alumni Service Corps Trip to Malawi, delegation of Fulbright Association is specifically working in Malawi on:
1) menstrual health education and practical reusable hygiene kit distribution – to increase girl’s school attendance and thereby their graduation rates from Secondary School
2) Tree Planting to help provide future sources of food (berries) and or revenue, as well as timber for firewood/fuel for cooking. Likewise, tree planting is also simultaneously a direct way to prevent soil erosion and keep rivers cleaner with less harmful debris that kills off certain organisms from the ecosystem. It helps the overall water catchment area .
3) Public Health Messaging via Songs, to impact and bring about Behavioral Change via new songs to be recorded and aired on Radio stations in Malawi, beginning with YFM, the radio station of YONECO
4) how to inspire others to volunteer by demonstrating Service in action (towards collective impact).

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Brad K. Hounkpati Agricultural Engineer, he served as an Agricultural Engineer at Nouvelle Société Cotonnière du Togo (West Africa). Prior to his Fulbright experience, he was previously Technical Coordinator for Peace Corps Togo in Natural Resource Management Program. He has also served in many roles with organizations working to support agriculture in West Africa, including FAO, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Cashew Espoir Ltd., and Plant Resource Of Tropical Africa (PROTA).

In addition to Fulbright Scholarship, he had been awarded other prestigious awards such as: the WARA travel grant, The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) Fellowships Award, the Global Programs Graduate International Travel Award and the Graduate Travel Grant from the University of Georgia and nonetheless the U.E Brady Award. His pairs know him as networker or a “to-go person”.

Fulbright Fellow 2011-2013 at University of Georgia (UGA). He is currently serving as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Entomology, UGA. Since 2011, he has been serving as the national contact for all Fulbright and Humphrey grantees from Togo. Inspired by his Fulbright experience, he later created BSBIZTOGO, Inc. & Grain de Sel Togo, Inc., two Georgian 501c3 organization to support underprivileged students in public universities in sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and other Fulbright scholars in the US. He has served as Membership Database Administrator, and Advocacy Director until 2017 before being elected as Vice President and Communication Officer of Fulbright Association Georgia Chapter in 2018

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