Meet Jessica –

April 30, 2014

Meet Jessica Strutzel: Jessica has worked as Namlo International’s Executive Assistant for a little over a year. She helps with Namlo International’s events and administrative duties. She also has previous experience working for nonprofits at Autism Action Partnership and the Platte Institute for Economic Research. She is currently pursuing her MA in International Development at the Josef Korbel School for International Studies at the University of Denver. In her studies she has focused on food security and agricultural development.

Jessica Strutzel selling dhakas
“I was drawn to Namlo International because of its focus on sustainable development. Namlo International’s projects are driven by community needs in income generation, agriculture, education, and water and sanitation, and this approach allows Namlo International to foster empowerment at the grassroots level.”

Jessica plays a key role in finance, communications, marketing, sales, field reporting and generating ideas for the Namlo of the future.

Help Our People Do Heroic Things

October 6, 2014

Meet our heroes

Basanta and Dipendra in Ragu 2

Basanta Baral and Dipendra Joshi

When you think of the word “hero” what usually comes to mind is someone in the military, police, or medical field, bravely dodging bullets, fires, or deadly diseases to save lives.

Aruna Thapa

Aruna Thapa

We have our own heroes here in Namlo. Since the beginning of the year, our field coordinators have accomplished some remarkable things.  They built one school for 300 children, one community center that will serve as a business center for 30 female entrepreneurs, launched a relief operation to help 500 people survive the aftermath of a landslide, built greenhouses to help people have better nutrition and earn money, completed the construction of two water systems that will enable over 600 people in Nepal and 250 families in Nicaragua get enough water for their daily needs.

Kanchi Sherpa

Kanchi Sherpa

The amazing thing is that all of this was done by four people in Nepal and two in Nicaragua. Our coordinators spend many, many hours in the remote communities where we work, staying in the villages, riding rattle-trap buses, walking hours on dusty, difficult roads.  They get paid each month much less than what many of us might spend one evening in a fancy restaurant. They do this work quietly, and tirelessly, without expecting awards, recognition or praise.  They are building their communities and their nations, peacefully, collaboratively, and sustainably, without the violence or intimidation that we witness taking place on a global scale.

Don Vicente Velazques

Don Vicente Velazques

“…the really great make you feel that you too can become great” – Mark Twain

So here’s what I’m going to ask of you: Do something great today.  At Namlo, we’ve done things on a shoe-string budget for a long time, but it is time to catch up and equip our coordinators with basic tools to get the job done.

Our coordinators have a growing need for improved communications and support, and I would like to ask you, if you have a gently used ipad, ipod, iphone or any other tablet, computer or cell phone that you’ve outgrown, to send it or bring it to our office so we can send it on to them. If you don’t, and especially if you haven’t ever donated to Namlo before, please donate today so we can provide them with the basic equipment they need to help hundreds of people rise out of poverty.  Right now we have a matching grant that will double your donation.  If you want to drop off some used equipment, please contact us at 303-399-3649.  Our address is 4105 E. Florida Ave., Denver, 80222.  Do Something Great Today!

Namlo coordinator Rosario Velasques Mendoza with greenhouse farmer

Namlo coordinator Rosario Velasques Mendoza with greenhouse farmer

Journey to Mankha – Part II

September 27, 2014
Morning in Mankha

Morning in Mankha

The morning was cool and damp, with shreds of cloud and mist hanging in the air.  Blue mountains marched off into the distance, with a glint of the Sunkhosi river winding its way in the deep valley below.  Roosters crowed.  The village coughed itself awake.  Dipendra and I took a walk up to the health clinic to wake up, and then back down to the school for a community meeting.

As we gathered in the school, I was impressed with the number of men and women that arrived to sit in the rigid desks and participate, and the level of structure and formality with which the principal and his teachers began the meeting.  The level of respect and hospitality shown to me in this community was humbling.  But that seemed to frequently be the case in Nepal.

Guided by the principal and a couple of members of the school management committee, we had toured the existing blocks of classrooms, some of them built at the turn of the century, and showing extensive wear for being of relatively recent construction.  I was surprised by the rusted tin roofs and crumbling masonry.

Deteriorating conditions of the new school

Deteriorating conditions of the old school

The school simply has too many kids and activities in too few classrooms, with rooms being subdivided to accommodate multiple uses.  They need more rooms to have a library, science lab and computer room.

School buildings in Mankha

School buildings in Mankha

After being welcomed, I began the meeting explaining the role of Namlo, and how once we begin in a community, we usually have a long-term relationship.  However, it is a relationship based on self-help, and not handouts.  I was careful not to make promises about the school building because as of yet we don’t have funding secured for it.  The community wants to start right away, and in fact, have already cleared and leveled the land for the new structure.

Headmaster with land they have leveled for the new school

Headmaster with land they have leveled for the new school

I shifted the discussion to ask a question on “how can you build a strong community, and one with a common vision?”  I was amazed at how quickly people responded to talking about their opportunities instead of their needs, and ideas popped up about how to earn more income through livestock rearing, horticulture, and fixing up the road, to be able to bring their goods to market.  One interesting fact about Mankha is that it has a flourishing milk industry, and every day a truck struggles up the steep, crumbling road to collect milk from farmers.  I was surprised by this, and started asking about whether or not they could produce cheese or other dairy products, in order to add more value and get a better price.  mankha community meetingPlenty of ideas came up.  In fact, they had already experimented by installing thousands of feed of flexible pvc piping to bring the mild down the mountain.  It worked for a while, but eventually the stores below started complaining about the quality of milk, and they resumed their milk truck collection, abandoning the pipeline, which still can be seen today.  The point being, the people of this village seem to have plenty of ideas and the energy to try them out, in building a stronger, more resilient community.

community meeting

community meeting

We hope to start by helping them build a school, but also begin a process that helps create a shared vision for the community, and the capacity to achieve it.   If you would like to be part of this process, please join us. If you donate today, we have a matching grant that will double your money.  We’ll also be planning some trips in the future, so if you really want to do some meaningful work, we’ll have plenty to offer!

Hundreds Celebrate Inauguration of Khamdenu School

September 21, 2014

On the 18th I traveled with the Namlo team, including board president Yadav Niraula, to Khamdenu to celebrate the opening of Khamdenu School, completed earlier this year.   We arrived late at night, and were accommodated at the Khamdenu principal’s home.  Namlo at the Inaurgeratino

Namlo Team:  Dipendra, Aruna, Yadav and Basanta waiting for the Inauguration

Namlo Team: Dipendra, Aruna, Yadav and Basanta waiting for the Inauguration

Home in Khamdenu

Home in Khamdenu

Yesterday, we arrived at the school anticipating that we would participate in a 2-3 hour celebration, which ultimately turned out to be an eight hour extravaganza, complete with speeches, awards, dancing, food and music – even a Michael Jackson dance-off.

Crowd at Khamdenu Inauguration, Sept., 2014

Crowd at Khamdenu Inauguration, Sept., 2014

The entire event was meticulously organized by the school and the community to celebrate their success and show appreciation to Namlo and other groups who were instrumental in getting the school built.

Attending the event included representatives from the District Education Office, the Village Development Committee (VDC) secretary, the school building construction committee, the local teacher-parents association, the students and teachers of the school as well as the 50+ community members who donated to the school.

Khamdenu Community

Khamdenu Community

The event planners had the right idea, where lengthy speeches of appreciation were interspersed with wonderfully colorful traditional dancing, performed by the students themselves.

Dancing in Khamdenu

Dancing in Khamdenu

I felt very lucky to participate in this totally genuine and heartfelt expression of happiness and satisfaction of completing a large project that was conceived, supported and constructed by the people themselves.  Keep in mind that local people raised funds, managed the project and contributed to the actual construction labor for building the school –  something you wouldn’t see happen in the U.S., most likely because of liability issues!

Aruna and Keith

Aruna and Keith

The school administration also takes a lot of pride in that they have a pass rate of almost 100 percent, so the children are truly getting a quality eduction.Khamdenu dancers 5

The community is already planning the expansion of the school, and are already beginning to collect funds for this purpose. If you would like to contribute to this effort, please contact me at kfrausto@namlo.org.

Notes from the Field: Nepal

September 17, 2014
Risks of the road

Daily risks on the Road

I’m back in Kathmandu with some time to catch up on my trip to Nepal. On the 12th, I traveled with Namlo Nepal board members Gopal Gurung, Yadev Niraula and coordinator Dipendra Joshi to attend the inauguration of the Sabhung Water Project. This was to be a big event, organized by the water users committee, Namlo coordinators and with support of the Namlo board. Going by road, we passed one of the daily risks of life in Nepal.

On our arrival, we were met by members of the community and Laura Welland of Engineers Without Borders, who guided us to the source of the new solar-powered water system that is now supplying over 15,000 litres of water per day to over 120 households, who have usually had to walk over two hours to collect their water on a daily basis.

Laura Welland of Engineers Without Borders

Laura Welland of Engineers Without Borders

It is a fairly complex system, and will require a lot of leadership, dedication, creativity and skill from the water management committee to maintain in the months and years to come.

Basanta Baral with the Water Management Committee

Basanta Baral with the Water Management Commiottee

The challenge in many development projects is not so much in the hardware, but being able to impart the training to build the capacity of the local community to manage and maintain the systems into the future.

A New Water Source in Ward 8, Acholkot, Sabhung, Nepal

A New Water Source in Ward 8, Acholkot, Sabhung, Nepal

The celebration was fantastic! It was attended by hundreds of community members, local politicians, government officials and even the former Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal. The community members really honored Engineers Without Borders, Namlo and in particular Laura Welland with not only their comments of appreciation, but by naming the top of the mountain on which the distribution tanks are situated “Namlo Park” and “Sabhung Laura Hill”.

Laura Welland's Legacy

Laura Welland’s Legacy

They honored us with this Park

They honored us with this Park

We spent another day visiting with the Sabhung school, and our Dhaka weavers at the Sabhung Women’s Microenterprise Cooperative Center. Dipendra Joshi, Basanta Baral and I traveled to another community (Arunadaya village development in Tanahu district to assess the potential for developing another community partnership.

Acholkot, Sabhung as the inauguration turns into a community party

Acholkot, Sabhung as the inauguration turns into a community party

The communities of this area consist of Tekrey, Ragu and Jeelang, and we met with school and community representatives in each location. An interesting aspect of the communities is that they are comprised, in part, of around 200 former British Army Ghurkas, who have been providing a lot of leadership in building and repairing schools, organizing the communities to pay for the cost of teachers, and identifying future project.

School built by the retired Ghurkas

School built by the retired Ghurkas

An interesting thing happened in Ragu. Instead of having the usual conversation on the needs of the community vis-à-vis education, we shifted to asking “what are the strengths of your community, and what are the opportunities for you to build a stronger community? The answers were very insightful.

Community members, especially the younger ones, were concerned about outmigration of youth to work in the gulf states, and noted that, with a little support, they could start businesses in the immediate area to allow people to stay in the community. One fellow was raising pigs, and said that there is enough local demand for him to double his production, if he could only get a little financing. Another person was raising chickens and viewed it in the same light, excited about the potential of growing his business an also helping others to get involved. “If I can get help with my business, I would be more than willing to turn around an help others get started in their own business,” the two entrepreneurs said. Which translates into a revolving loan, which can be an effective tool in “helping people help themselves”.

There is a lot of opportunity and promise for Namlo and our community partners.  Please, get involved in supporting these projects, so we can continue to help people prosper and build strong communities!

Thanks so much!   Keith

Keith with women of Sabhung

Keith with women of Sabhung

Namlo Launches Etsy Site to Sell Scarves from Women’s Co-op

August 18, 2014
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Sunitha Yadav, Lauren Rejvani and Annie Smith Start the Namlo Artisans Etsy Site

Namlo has launched “NamloArtisans” to support the dhaka weavers of the Sabhung Women’s Microenterprise Cooperative.  The Etsy site was the brainchild of Namlo volunteer Sunitha Yadav, supported by Executive Assistant Lauren Rejvani, and volunteers Annie Smith and Anusha Gurung.

The Sabhung Women’s Microenterprise Cooperative was formed years ago, and involved many steps, even prior to learning how to weave.  It started with Namlo providing classes in basic adult literacy to women interested in improving their lives, and the lives of their families.  Namlo then searched for a teacher, and found it in Mr. Vivek Mishra, an award-winning textile expert who provided assistance in the construction of looms and the teaching of basic weaving skills.  Later, the challenge focussed on identifying a site on which to build a women’s business center, since the number of women and looms outgrew the space available in local buildings.  After finding land, negotiating with landowners, being trained in cooperative practices so they could be certified by local government, the Sabhung Women’s Microenterprise Cooperative opened last year.

Dhaka Weaver

Dhaka Weaver

The most recent challenge has focussed on how Namlo International can sell to a broader audience, thereby supporting the weavers, supporting the organization and increasing the women’s cooperative self-sufficiency.  Namlo staff, board members and volunteers have been selling dhaka scarves made at the women’s cooperative through private parties, and at craft sales, but this created a growing inventory of dhakas, which also began to be a financial burden on Namlo since Namlo covers the costs of all the materials used by the women’s co-op, and buys the dhakas up-front.

Luckily, an enterprising woman named Sunitha Yadav, and decided she wanted to create a business plan and take action to increase the exposure of the women’s co-op.  After analyzing the cost of production, similar products and retail opportunities, Sunitha decided to test the waters by opening an Etsy shop.  Supported by Lauren Rejvani, Annie Smith and Anusha Gurung, the four women spent hours inventorying the dhakas, taking photos and setting prices.dhaka weaving

Then, last week, they opened the Etsy store.  We hope you visit the store and make a purchase, knowing each purchase goes to support the Women’s Microenterprise Cooperative, the weavers, and our ability to continue to provide support the the efforts of the cooperative, and Namlo Nepal’s ongoing activities.  You can also visit the site from our Facebook page.  Help spread the word!

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Namlo Relief Supplies Arrive in Sindhupalchowk – More Needed

August 13, 2014

Women group is ready to carry the relief packages

The Dhuskun Women’s Cooperative are on hand to meet the Namlo Relief supplies

Namlo workers arrive in Sindhupalchowk

Namlo coordinators Aruna Thapa, Kanchi Sherpa and Basanta Baral at the landslide site

The first vehicle loaded with Namlo relief supplies for the survivors of the Sindhupalchowk landslide  arrived over the weekend. On their arrival, the Namlo team immediately noted the stench and foul odors that hung in the air. In Sindhupalchowk, Namlo’s team of Aruna Thapa, Kanchi Sherpa and Basanta Baral were met by relief officials as well as the Dhuskun Women’s Cooperative, who arrived to help distribute the supplies.

Bomb blasting to pass the water

Continued attempts to blast the debris and free the river

The government relief teams continue their work to blast away debris from the landslide to reduce the potential of further flooding, but there are very few details on numbers of displaced, their health conditions, needs and locations. There are the people who were displaced by the original landslide, but there is now an additional population displaced by the flooding and the threat of flooding.  Despite the lack of solid information, Namlo was able to meet with local government officials who readily welcomed the needed supplies of food, shelter, cooking utensils, and personal hygiene supplies.

Arranging relief supplies in Kathmandu

Arranging relief supplies in Kathmandu

Namlo’s contingent of women from the Dhuskun arrived from over an hours’ walk away to help in distributing the supplies to the needy.  Namlo coordinators returned to Kathmandu to arrange the next truck with supplies, and anticipate continuing this process for the coming weeks, until the health and safety of the displaced is secured.  For this reason, Namlo will continue to seek donations for this relief effort, until we know the situation has stabilized and the people are safe.

Ms. Aruna Thapa in meeting with President of Releif Committee

Namlo Country Coordinator meets with President of Relief Committee, Sindhupalchowk

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URGENT APPEAL FOR SURVIVORS OF RECENT LANDSLIDE AREAS OF NEPAL

August 5, 2014

We are asking for donations to enable Namlo Nepal provide urgently needed food, water, and shelter for over 500 displaced people in Sindhupalchowk district, where Namlo has its operations.

We are looking to raise at least $6,000 immediately so that Namlo Nepal coordinators can purchase rice, lentils, cooking oil, potatoes, sugar, salt, utensils, plastic sheeting and the funds to transport these to Mankha VDC, the main area hit by the landslide. With your timely support, we can purchase these supplies in Kathmandu, hire a truck and transport them immediately to the ravaged area. Right now, displaced people are living in the open, without shelter and the potential for disease spreading is growing every day since bodies of the victims have not been collected or buried. So far, government efforts have been limited to trying to dislodge the earth rubble from the landslide to minimize the risk of massive flooding.

Please read Aruna Thapa’s urgent request below:

“Namaskar

Keith dai today we had several phone conversation with Mankha VDC Sindhupalchwok district. We spoke with VDC secretary, Local District Officers and Locals as well.

The detail is as follow:

Due to heavy rain more than 100 households are completely destroyed whereas 50 houses are at high risk which may fall at time. Which means more than 150 families (over 500 individuals) became homeless and displaced. This flood became worse for Mankha VDC, Dhuksun VDC and Ramche VDC. Among them, Mankha mostly affected.

Till the evening government found 33 dead body of women, children and adults. Still 121 people are missing. Two hydro powers are completely destroyed. One secondary school named Shree Bansankhu Secondary School is also destroyed which directly affected more than 200 students who were studying in this school. Including one women’s community center, three private business, four vehicles are destroyed. We need to hire the helicopter or walk about 3 hours to reach at victim place because still the blocked river is not open properly. Even we do not know when the Kodari highway will repair and we can travel to Dhuksun.

Working committee says right now 500 people need help to survive. Now they need basic things like food, water, medicine, Tripal (to make temporary shelter). As soon as we can support its better. They asked to us if we can support this relief package within a one or two days its better otherwise people will start to die. Keith dai, we found as soon as we can support it make sense otherwise after a week it will be late.”

As you can see, time is of the essence. Namlo’s field team will be organizing a truck to bring these supplies starting tomorrow, and will oversee the distribution of supplies in Mankha with the help of the Dhuskun Women’s Cooperative. We will authorize Namlo Nepal to spend initial seed funding immediately for relief efforts, but we really need your help in raising the funds for the rest. Keep in mind that every dollar you raise will be matched by the Benito and Frances C. Gaguine Foundation!

-Keith Frausto

Executive Director Namlo International

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Notes From the Field: Namlo Nicaragua Greenhouse Project

July 30, 2014
In the Mountains of Nicaragua:  El Salmeron

In the Mountains of Nicaragua: El Salmeron

Last week, Namlo Program Manager Tim Gibb traveled to Nicaragua to start the Greenhouse project.  There’s a lot of logistical arrangements that need to be made to get the project going, including sewing the materials for the greenhouses, arranging vehicles, cutting the pvc piping for the stays to erect the greenhouses and arranging supplies.  The most important step is to interview potential participants to make sure that they have access to sufficient water, have an ability to share the costs of a greenhouse, have land and at least a basic level of experience in agriculture, as well a willingness to record information on their water use, production rates, cost of other inputs and what they are growing so we are able to measure the impact of the greenhouse as we move forward.

Sewing a  Greenhouse in Managua, Nicaragua

Sewing a Greenhouse in Managua, Nicaragua

Here are Tim’s notes from his recent trip to El Salmeron:

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Potential water source

Remote farm near El Salmeron, Nicaragua

Remote farm near El Salmeron, Nicaragua

“We went to El Salmeron and toured the three best options for beneficiaries. One of them is a 45 minute hike from town but you ‘ll see from the photos how beautiful it is. It took a chunk out of the day but was a nice hike—see the pics of the water source. Not only is it plentiful but clear as crystal. Pretty idyllic spot. One of the other candidates was a women who was “very enthusiastic’ at the previous meetings but wasn’t showing a lot of initiative so I don’t think it would be a priority for her. One of the other men who said he didn’t have $50 upfront was very dynamic and positive. His brother was also interested but couldn’t come up with the $50. We gave them the option to share the greenhouse which they were very agreeable to and I’m confident that it will work since they already farm together. Their parcel was much closer. Internet went out last night so I’m stretched on time this am. We’re heading to Los Pinares and Barrio Nuevo today but I am told that we won’t have to walk as far today so taking care of both in one trip shouldn’t be a problem. We are leaving the maya in each community and bring the PVC in a few days when we do the installations.  Best,Tim”

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Namlo coordinator Rosario Velazquez checks out a water source

Keep this project in mind when you are thinking of supporting a worthy cause.  Better yet, get involved and volunteer for this project.  Contact kfrausto@namlo.org if you are interested in learning more!

Namlo Agricultural Advisor Don Vincente (r) with local farmer

Namlo Agricultural Advisor Don Vincente (r) with local farmer

Namlo’s Greenhouse Project in Nicaragua Begins!

July 22, 2014
Building a greenhouse in Nicaragua

Building a greenhouse in Nicaragua

This week Program Manager Tim Gibb will travel to Nicaragua to finally start Namlo’s Greenhouse Project. Tim will be working with local Namlo contractors Rosario Velasquez Mendoza and Don Vincente Arauz to introduce household-sized greenhouses in three of the four remote mountain communities Namlo has been working with since 2006.

Tim Gibb, in white shirt, with one of the greenhouses in Las Palmas

Tim Gibb, in white shirt, with one of the greenhouses in Las Palmas

Designed by Tim over the space of five years, over twenty of the innovative greenhouses were initially introduced to farmers in Las Palmas, and have demonstrated that they are capable of dramatically increasing dietary diversity, nutrition and incomes. Nicaragua still suffers from high levels of poor nutrition, resulting in a large portion of the child population under five suffering from stunted growth. Conversely, there is a growing trend towards obesity as the consumption of snack foods is on the increase.

The Namlo Greenhouse will enable families to not only increase the production and consumption of vegetables at the household level, but the greenhouses have proven capable of growing enough seedlings to help poor farmers earn money selling the seedlings in the local markets. The greenhouses themselves cost around $250 of materials, and we are expecting farmers to pay an initial deposit of $50. Initially we will be monitoring the farmers use and success with the greenhouses, and we would like to see additional greenhouses taken up by more farmers in Namlo’s communities. We also hope to see the spread of the greenhouses throughout Nicaragua, based on the success in our communities

Nicaraguan farmer with vegetables from his greenhouse

Nicaraguan farmer with vegetables from his greenhouse

Initial funding for this project was raised from a crowdfunding initiative, from individual donor Arthur Gibb Jr., Global Community Innovations and from matching funds from the Benito and Frances C Gaguine Foundation.

Namlo coordinator Rosario Velasques Mendoza with greenhouse farmer

Namlo coordinator Rosario Velasques Mendoza with greenhouse farmer

Right now we’ve raised enough money to get the project started, but we are still looking for people to help invest on an ongoing basis and help cover the cost of assembling and transporting the greenhouses, running costs of the project, and providing horticultural training to introduce organic techniques to the farmers. We also believe this project will be a great opportunity for people who are looking for chance to volunteer in a new, exciting and innovative approach that has the potential to spread regionally.

To find out more about volunteering for this project, contact kfrausto@namlo.org.  To donate to the Namlo Greenhouse project, click on https://donate.firstgiving.com/secure/donate/b8eacde4-edd0-11df-ab8c4061860da51d?parentPath=https://donatetab.firstgiving.com/tab?page_id=1143115152287231&is_page_administrator=True

Behind The Scenes at Namlo

July 17, 2014

Going into the summer, some new faces appeared at Namlo. All were attracted to an organization that held promise of great potential to achieve its mission. Most are are masters candidates, and a few are simply well-qualified individuals. In any case, an experienced team was formed with a strong impetus to create a strong support base for Namlo and its international operations. But who are they?

William Ackerman, Social Media Coordinator

Yours truly. I joined Nalmo in May, and already I love working here. Currently, I am a masters candidate International Administration at the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and before that I graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelors in both Political Science and International Affairs. Namlo, with its passionate mission for international outreach, appealed to me. Since I had previous experience working with social media and blogging for such organizations like New Era Colorado, a similar position with Namlo seemed ideal. I enjoy expanding its image because it means that its mission will likewise be extolled. Every “Like”, post, view, pin, tweet, add, and other increment of social media advancement ultimately benefits Nepalese communities we serve, and I could not be happier to do so.

Annie Smith, Communications Intern

Annie Smith is the Communications Intern at Namlo. She is a second-year MA candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies pursuing a degree in International Development. Annie is passionate about universal access to education and gender advocacy, and hopes to expand the reach and success of the scholarship program through her time at Namlo. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, a good cup of chai, and the occasional roller coaster ride.

 

Lauren Rejvani, Executive Assistant

Lauren is currently pursuing a MA in International Development with a concentration in Gender at the University of Denver’s Korbel School. She has a BS from the University of Colorado Boulder, double majoring in Political Science and International Affairs. She has volunteered for various women’s non-profits including Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence in Boulder and recently recently worked in local politics as a Legislative Aide and volunteer organizer.

Elena Bean

Elena Bean, Graphic Designer

Elena is a graphic design and web design specialist, and a very promising addition to our staff here at Namlo. She has extensive backgrounds in both fields, and has worked for notable brand companies such as Van De Vooren and Plenum Brand Consultancy. Currently, she is helping to establish Namlo’s marketing and branding campaign. Elena is a native Russian, but we are glad to have her as part of our team here in America!

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Sunitha Yadav, Marketing and Analytics

Sunitha joined Namlo in June, bringing with her a plethora of technical and software skills that will be invaluable additions to aid development of our new marketing campaign and website. A graduate of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, Sunitha specializes in business and marketing analytics. Although her studies have taken her around the world, we are certainly glad to welcome her to Namlo here in Denver!