In October 2020, the Melton Foundation organized a Mental Well-being Workshop for members of the network. Hosted by Senior Melton Fellow Dr. Vernice Richards, a Ph.D. holder in Sports Psychology and Performance Psychology Consultant, the workshop explored a topic deeply resonant with the current background of the COVID-19 pandemic - ‘Uncertainty’. As emphasized at the very beginning of the event, the objective of the workshop was to make one feel uncomfortable, get out of one’s comfort zone, and ask and answer some serious questions.
Hi There! My name is Vigneshwar Shankar and I am a Senior Fellow of the Melton Foundation from Bangalore, India. Way back when I joined the Foundation, we were both still in our teens. Looking back over the years, to me the Melton Foundation is that organization with which I have been associated for the longest period of time, completing one decade this year. In my early days as a Junior Fellow (JF), both the Foundation and I were still figuring out our purpose, vision, and calling. After all this while, we both certainly find a lot more clarity on our focus today, relative to 10 years ago. However, in some ways, there’s still more left to be defined as we move forward.
Have you ever wished to explore the world, beyond your neighborhood, beyond your city, or even beyond your country? Have you ever felt that you belong to the world, and want to work towards solving urgent issues like climate change, discrimination, and global warming to create a better planet for all? Do you condemn exclusionary practices, and feel that an inclusive, vibrant society is our way to a brighter future?
"Women Work Wonders will serve as a platform to bridge gaps in employment, skilling, and counseling for women who have remained un(der) employed and need strong professional support and awareness to begin or resume their careers or start-up, and be financially independent", shares Melton Fellow Ranjini Rao on her cross-geo project aimed at transforming the lives of women in Nigeria, and India.
During the pandemic, poverty has increased all over the world. Every day there is more unemployment and the situation does not look favorable for the future, there are no more incomes and life becomes complicated. How to deal with poverty and scarcity of resources? What actions can be done to contribute during this context? Join us to delve into this topic with Héctor Mellado from the Innovapaís Foundation.
Melton Fellow Claris Nadini is running a fundraiser with the goal to renovate the community library in Mukuru Kwa Reuben, a community in Nairobi, Kenya. She aims for students to be able to access learning materials uninterrupted, and is advancing towards creating access to Quality Education (UN-SDG4) with the help of the Badili Zone Organisation, a non-profit organization based in Kenya that upholds education.
"It is incredible that COVID-19 had to bring the entire world to a standstill for people to realize that certain things need to be changed." Chebesi Daphne, a Global Citizen, and Melton Fellow from Cameroon, sheds light on the devastating and pivotal need for a socio-economic shift in her Central-African country.
"Let's face it. India is obsessed with light skin. Racism is not a 'western' issue. Discrimination based on skin color is everyone's issue. Here's a story of what happens in the underbelly of our country, in our homes, in our schools, in our justice system. After a long hiatus, there’s a new read on my blog - I hope it angers you, makes you uncomfortable, and encourages you to share it in your networks. Happy Reading!" - shares Ashitha Nayak, Melton Fellow — Bangalore, India, in this Storytelling for Change interview outlining the imminent presence of racism and colorism in India and beyond.
As the emergent impacts of the coronavirus mount across our communities, Senior Melton Fellow May Garces, and team, are currently raising funds to support vulnerable families in Temuco and Santiago, Chile. Their COVID-19 Response Fund aims to provide immediate resources to the vulnerable population in Chile. We ask that you join hands in this endeavor and make a donation today! :)
86 guests, discussions on the societal and economical global implications of COVID19, and looking back at the progress of the Melton Foundation with our founder, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Bill Melton - We commemorated a Melton Day (an annual occurrence to celebrate the spirit of Global Citizenship and intercultural collaboration) like no other on 3rd May 2020! Read on for quick insights, impressions, and the full recording!