Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Brit arrives in Mokhotlong!

Greetings from the gorgeously sunny Mokhotlong!

This is just a quick blog to introduce myself as TTLF’s newest fellow here in Lesotho. My name is Harriet Doughty and I’m an International Relations graduate from the UK. I studied in London for my BA but moved to The Hague, NL, to do my Master’s where I was predictably pulled into a world of international politics, food security and international aid.

The Brit touches down on TTL Campus!
I kept myself busy during my studies by working on a few projects. One was to help organise events, lectures and conferences hosted by Dutch Foreign Office, the UN, European External Action Services and Hague-based NGOs. I learned a lot from this experience and I look forward to applying that knowledge to supporting TTLF this year. The second project was to continue building and developing a Non-Profit I had helped to start in 2008 in a Peruvian prison. I was only 18 when we started the project so, as you can imagine, I met a lot of seemingly insurmountable challenges in attempting to start her up. It required a lot of (hastily-learned) skill in project management, communications, fundraising and income generating. But with a bit of time, help from good ol' Google and help from friends we got Maki International up and running and we now support almost 200 prisoners and their families through sustainable education and rehabilitation programmes. I'm excited to use this work experience to boost TTL’s online presence and to develop their income generating prospects.
First day in the Safe Home

I'm really looking forward to this year and I'm so chuffed that everybody here is so friendly and generous!

Hope to hear from you all as the year goes on!

Warmest wishes,


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