Story List

I started my Humphrey Fellowship with the Pre-academic English and Orientation course at the University Of California, Davis, California. There I got the wonderful opportunity to meet Tina Castillow, host family Vicki Labourdette, and 35 fellows from 27 countries of the world.

It was a great privilege to find out that I was selected to be a 2014/2015 Humphrey Fellow at the University of Minnesota, to be given the opportunity to upgrade and develop skills and knowledge in the field of Human Rights and the Rule of Law.

The Humphrey year made a remarkable change in my professional life. I quit my teaching career to give my full time to non-profit organization, USPEaK, which I believe in.

My Humphrey year was a great and a humbling experience for me as I was privileged to interact with high level personalities in the American society.

My Humphrey year taught me that working in silos and without embracing coordinated efforts, we cannot achieve much in development practice. I was enrolled in the Humphrey program at the time when donor funding was dwindling for managing NGOs.

Deborah Cristina Vera-Cruz, Cape Verde, 2014 Fellow

Since December I have been working for the “Associação Caboverdiana de Luta Contra a Violência Baseada no Género” a local civil society organization that works with women’s rights in general and more specifically with gender-based violence.

2016-17 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows at the University of Minnesota, Mmeli Dube (Zimbabwe) and Aung Gyi (Myanmar), flat mates during their Fellowship year at the Humphrey School, reunited recently in Cape Town, South Africa.