The Wanjiru Kihoro Fellowship was born out of a gap that FAS saw in its internship programme at offices in Geneva. Interns at FAS are expected to meet their own expenses and as a result this has proved to be out of reach for any African working at the grassroots level in Africa. This Fellowship bridges this gap by providing the financial support needed to conduct a 12-month internship at FAS. Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2010 Dr Wanjiru Kihoro Fellowship is Ms Grace Atim from Uganda.
Grace Atim is from Uganda and a current fellow with Femmes Africa Solidarite (FAS), serving as a Research Officer. Grace has a strong educational background in Social Sciences and in Public Administration and Management, and has had other trainings in the field of Human Rights, Peace building and Development.
As an example of her past accomplishments; from 2008 to 2009 she served as a UNV field Specialist attached to UNHCR. In this role she was UNHCR field focal person for two districts in Northern Uganda - Kitgum and Lamwo (Uganda) and responsible for the protection cluster coordination and for the Camp Coordination and Management (CCCM) Process in these two districts. Prior to that, from 2004 to 2007 she played a key role in setting and opening up Norwegian Refugee Council; Information Counselling and Legal Assistance project in two districts of Northern Uganda – Kitgum and Pader (Uganda) and also played an instrumental role in working as part of a team that actively helped to strengthen the information, counselling and legal assistance project under the Norwegian Refugee Council in Northern Uganda. In 2003 She also contributed in efforts towards promoting and upholding the girl child education in the war torn region of Northern Uganda; a project under Catholic Relief Services on Global Food for Education Initiative (GFEI). All these projects were geared towards upholding the rights of the Refugees and Internally Displaced People who are displaced as a result of over twenty years of war in Northern region of Uganda. To her all these opportunities are rewarding because she has the opportunity to share her experience and gain more freedom to share knowledge, skills and professional capacity as a social worker passionate about the promotion of human rights and peace.
Grace states that this opportunity given to her to serve as a Research Officer will enable her gain international experience at FAS’ International Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, and also give her the insight into NGO’s activities at the international level, and first-hand experience in international relations. Further to this, she also stated that the opportunity will enable her enrich, participate and enhance the efforts geared towards building peace in Africa and thus an added value in her as her interest is geared towards promoting peace and above all upholding the rights of people which is a component in bringing about world peace.