A Fem-inista

 

Nala came to Cartagena from Paris, France. She studied Political Science at ________. 

For four months she worked along side FEM's Executive Director Ana-Maria assisting with the coordination of various community projects in the city. 

Nala initially had intended to focus more on the governance sector but found herself wearing many hats,gravitating more to the heritage sector of the organization. She worked on many projects during her internship with FEM. 

"My favourite was the Mi Casa project," she said. 

Mi Casa is an initiative that works to teach Indigenous children about their heritage. Following the long civil conflict, many families were displaced from their homes and lands. Children were disconnected from their roots and were unable to account for their difference in a meaningful way. 

"We raised the money and were able to take these kids back to the where they're from."

Nala assisted in organizing, fundraising, and the logistics around making the group trip come to fruition. "I wasn't there fixing  anything like that. It was just awesome to be able to help make the opportunity happen. To bring them back to where they were from and show..I didn't do anything really, I was just the one who could help show. It was powerful" 

The children were able to see the traditions and practices of their elders, ________. 

"I loved being a part of this project because You could really see and feel that this mattered to them. They were filled with pride."