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Board of Directors Initiatives
 

From time to time, FOM receives requests to help with research and novel development initiatives. We post the requests here. Stop back every few months to learn about new requests. Would you like to contribute your experience to the projects? Let us know, or contact the individuals directly.

February 6, 2006

Janie Hayes and Jimmy Bisese of Austin, Texas approached FOM in the Fall of 2005 to explore a fundraising effort for the Story Workshop Educational Trust in Blantyre, Malawi. The Story Workshop focus is on producing entertainment based educational material for rural Malawians. Their soap operas "Zimachitika" and "Tilitonse" are breaking ground by encouraging people to talk about taboo issues such as HIV/AIDS, gender equity, literacy, conservation of natural resources, food security, human rights, democracy and economic development. Big changes always begin with the spread of ideas. Knowledge and critical thought are seeds, which once planted cannot be stopped. FOM is excited to help foster the energy Janie and JImmy are contributing to the Story Workshop. FOM is overseeing a fundraising effort to purchase computer technology for the Story Workshop.

To learn more about Janie and Jimmy, go to www.jimmyandjanie.com.

to learn more about the Story Workshop, go to www.storyworkshop.org.

January 15, 2006

I am studying the vocal emination of different cultural death rituals and it was suggested to me that Peace corps volunteers would be an excellent resource.  Would you know how I might publish a posting asking members to contact me if they would be willing to talk about any burial rites in which they participated or that they viewed?  Many thanks to you.  Leigh Smiley

Sincerely,

Leigh Smiley
Assistant Professor
Department of Theatre
University of Maryland
2810 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park, MD 20742
Phone:  301-405-6683
Fax:      301-314-9599
lsmiley@umd.edu
www.theatre.umd.edu

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