The list of 20 winners in the 2014 Global Dialogues story-creating contest includes a team of 5 young people studying in Appalachian Ohio in the USA: Jeff Barnes, Lakota Boetcher and Tori Moyer (pictured here), as well as Dave Harris and Courtney Carsey. Congratulations! The team members created their contest entry as part of an assignment for a college Psychology course. We congratulate and thank Gary, Kate & their Global Dialogues team in Appalachia.
Congratulations to the team of Marie Madeleine Ateba, Yannick Enoah and William Kamgain of Cameroon, selected as one of the 20 international winners in the 2014 Global Dialogues story-creating contest for their masterfully drawn comic, “Sita”. Et félicitations to Jean Paul Brice Affana Affana, Global Dialogues National Coordinator in Cameroon, and his team. Jean Paul, a former Global Dialogues international contest winner, has served as National Coordinator for several years now.
Felicitaciones to the team of Estephanie Marian Perez Rivera and Kely Maria Gomez Morales of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, chosen as one of the 20 international winners of the 2014 Global Dialogues contest. Congratulations and thanks also to Pablo Ramirez de Leon, Global Dialogues National Coordinator in Guatemala, his colleagues at the Ciudad de la Imaginación (www.ciudadimaginacion.org) and the other members of his dynamic, creative team.
Congratulations, Christelle Nganda of Cameroon, for being selected as one of the 20 international winners of the Global Dialogues contest in 2014. In her fictional story about hope and strength in the face of HIV infection. Félicitations et merci also to the Global Dialogues National Coordinator in Cameroon, Mr. Jean Paul Brice Affana Affana, and his team. Jean Paul is one of three former GD contest winners who now serve as Global Dialogues National Coordinator in their respective countries.
Congratulations to Claudia Patricia Martinez Ruiz of Retalhuleu, Guatemala, chosen as one of the 20 international winners of the 2014 Global Dialogues contest. Claudia’s short story, “Wartisanic”, compels us to ask important questions of ourselves, rather than giving us set answers assumed to be universal in time and place. We also congratulate and thank the Global Dialogues National Coordinator in Guatemala, Mr. Pablo José Ramírez de León (www.ciudadimaginacion.org).
Félicitations to Mr. Lunas Giraud Nata, from Benin and living in Togo, for being chosen as 1 of the 20 winners of the 2014 Global Dialogues contest. He writes: “The story I submitted for the contest is a fictional one based on actual facts. I had observed the damage caused by alcohol and drugs, and this opportunity to speak out about that was too good to miss. It was with immense joy that I learned that my narrative had been selected as among the 20 best.”
Congratulations to Ndeye Penda Leye of Senegal, selected as one of the 20 international winners of the 2014 Global Dialogues story-creating contest. Penda, a brilliant storyteller, wrote the heart-wrenching, fictional account of the circumcision of a 5-year-old girl, describing not only the atrocity of the act itself, but also the multiple consequences. Thanks and congratulation also to Gary, Kate and friends for the work they do in carrying out Global Dialogues in Appalachia.
Hongera to Mr. Francis Muia Mutua of Kenya, selected as one of the 20 international winners of the 2014 Global Dialogues story-creating contest. Written in the beautiful prose of a seasoned author, Francis’ “One Day the Grass Will Grow Here” casts a critical spotlight on a root cause of girls’ socio-economic vulnerabilities, namely discrimination in their upbringing at home. “Boys were taught how to grow out, while girls were taught how to grow in.” www.globaldialogues.org
Global Dialogues congratulates Muhamad Afifudin Chanif, an engineering student at the Institut Teknologi Bandung in his native Indonesia. Hanif, as his friends and family call him, impressed the jurors with his fictional story, “Bagas’ Tears”, which is about a little boy trying to make sense of the absence of a father in his life, coercion at school and what his mother does. www.globaldialogues.org
Congratulations to Julio Orlando Cúmez Nicho of Chimaltenango, Guatemala, selected as 1 of the 20 international winners in the 2014 Global Dialogues contest for his story entitled “Ixchel’s Identity”. Julio’s narrative highlights the importance of not giving in to pressures to surrender one’s selfhood. We would also like to thank Global Dialogues National Coordinator Pablo Ramírez of the Ciudad de la Imaginación (www.ciudadimaginacion.org) and his uniquely creative and inspiring team.
Felisitasyon to Haiti’s Nancy Constant, a student of social communications, for being selected as one of the 20 international winners of the 2014 Global Dialogues story-creating contest. In her fictional narrative, Nancy tells the story of Melissa, a strong young woman with a keen intellect and a warm heart who must overcome multiple challenges in her life, including becoming infected with HIV as a result of a sexual assault. (www.globaldialogues.org and www.youtube.com/globaldialogues).
Global Dialogues congratulates Mr. Idossa Augustin Assaba of Benin, selected as one of the 20 international winners of the 2014 contest for his fictional story of sex abuse of a young daughter. Augustin aspires to build a career in development/health communications. Félicitations aussi to the long-time Global Dialogues National Coordinator in Benin, mega-dynamic Mrs. Mistoura Adjibadé Salou of l’ONG CeRADIS (http://vimeo.com/74531324).
Félicitations to Stéphanie Balmir of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for being selected as 1 of the 20 international winners of the 2014 Global Dialogues contest. In her narrative, Stéphanie sheds light on the effects of drug abuse not only for the person using drugs, but also for the people close to him or her. Stéphanie writes: “I’m Haitian. I was a contest finalist last year, too. Like other participants, through my story I want to create a more just world, one without violence and drugs.”
Global Dialogues congratulates Steve Mbenoun of Cameroon, chosen as one of the 20 international winners of the 2014 story-creating contest. Written as a screenplay, his text casts a spotlight on a harsh, global reality, namely that of young women trapped in abusive relationships because of economic vulnerability. We also congratulate and thank Jean Paul Brice Affana Affana, Global Dialogues National Coordinator in Cameroon, himself a former international winner of the Global Dialogues…
Global Dialogues congratulates José Albany Chavarria of Matagalpa, Nicaragua for being selected as one of the 20 international winners of the 2014 story-creating contest. Albany touched a nerve and sparked passionate debates among the jurors with his text about bullying. We also congratulate and thank the Nicaraguan Global Dialogues team, led by National Coordinator María de la Paz Picado Aráuz of the Grupo Venancia (www.grupovenancia.org).
Congratulations to Justice K. Nambowa of Kampala, Uganda – one of the 20 international winners of the 2014 Global Dialogues contest. In her story, Justice decries the fact that violence against women is sometimes accepted, even promoted, by certain traditions and customs. Launched in 1997, Global Dialogues is a project of the Global Dialogues Trust (GDT, UK charity nr. 1071484). Representation, expansion and international coordination of Global Dialogues are the exclusive prerogative of GDT.