I joined the staff of Voice of Witness over three years ago, and since then I’ve had the opportunity to help tell dozens of people’s stories from human rights crises around the world. I’ve listened to many more stories than have made it into print. I spend a good portion of each week listening to interviews—interviews with Bangladeshi garment workers struggling for a better life for the next generation; Gazan fishermen trying to hold onto their only means of survival; Haitians rebuilding after the earthquake.
I’m always startled by how much our storytellers are willing to give of their time, insight into their hardest moments, their hopes, and their humor. I want everyone that reads our books to have the same deeply felt connection that I get to have to our stories, and one way that's possible is through our terrific education program, which brings these authentic voices into classrooms across the country.
Over the past five years, our education program has offered services and resources for free to thousands of students and teachers around the U.S. who otherwise could not afford them. This would not be possible without the generous support of people like you, and we rely on your help to continue this work.
It’s my hope that in the coming year we can begin to offer more in classrooms—more stories, more human connections, more epiphanies for students just coming to understand the world around them.