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Pen Pal Team
Here is the Coordinators Dream Team making it possible for hundreds of children around the world to inspire each other beyond the frontier.
Congratulations to all of them for their volunteered dedication, initiative, creativity and enthusiasm!
They really are the one carrying out this project and without them, not much would be really possible.
Feel free to join forces with us if this inspires you.
Raphael Guilbert was born in France, grew up in several African countries and had the chance for years to travel all around the world. Thanks to some fulfilling personal experiences and a solid academic and professional background in business, he now dedicates himself to preserve and support the richness and potential of human nature, as he likes to say. Raphael is a founding member of AiA and is today in charge of the Pen Pal Program.
Patricia Nascimento Delorme (Brazil) lives in France with her husband and son. She has lived in Switzerland and India where she has worked for Global March against Child Labor. In Brazil she found Girassolidario, a news agency on children’s rights. As a journalist, she worked as assistant for “Stolen Childhoods”, an American documentary on child slavery in the world. Patricia believes that giving children a voice and an opportunity to express themselves is the only way to protect them from exploitation. She has a passion for travel, dance, photography, writing, philosophy and for playing with her son Luka. In her opinion, to be mother’s Luka is her greatest mission.
Anamika Mehta (India) lives in UAE. She has both Research and Commercial Experience. With Master's in Zoology and Specialized in Molecular Applied and Clinical Genetics. She also worked as Financial Consultant and in Environmental sector. She is now focusing on Marketing and Business Development. She volunteered because she believes in spite of the cultural difference that we may have worldwide we are all the same (Humans belonging to ONE Home - Earth).
Emilia Eyo is a young Nigerian feminist who works with Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI) as a Facilitator/Counselor. She loves music and reading.
Sofia (Greece) lives in Greece. She has BA in Economics and International Relations from the Brown University (USA), a Master in International Economics from Sciences Po (Paris) and a Msc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics. She has worked for the United Nations at the Permanent Greek Mission at the New York Headquarters, as well as for UNICEF at the Economic Analysis and Social Policy Unit. She is now working as a Producer/ Researcher in the Documentaries Series "Warzone". She is a native speaker in English and French and Greek.
Ssembiro Mike (Uganda) lives in Uganda. He has a Bachelors degree in Fine and Applied Arts from Makerere University. Qualified as iEARN (International Education And Resource Network) Master teacher in creative Arts. Member of the African Art educators (AfriCOE). He is currently teaching at Namilyango college as the Head of Art department and the Patron of Namilyango college designers Club. For the past 15 years he has taught art and design. He has a strong concern for developing artistic/creative skills amongst the youth and has spearheaded many Art related programs. He has interests in painting ,sculpture , making new friends, watching Birds and Animals, travelling and visiting Art exhibitions. He loves to learn different cultures.
Laïla von Alvensleben was brought up in various countries and currently lives in Switzerland. Her multicultural background led her to study International Relations before reorienting herself towards a more creative field in Interior Architecture. Her collaboration with AiA is based on the belief that art and design can be applied to raise awareness on issues which will affect people's lifestyle in a positive way.
Ana is an Online Consultant living in Amsterdam. She is a music lover, an urban culture appreciator and a compulsive interior design advisor. She believes that small actions can have a great impact and that positive surprises are waiting to happen every day if people are willing to see them.
Vicky lives in Buenos Aires. She is a designer with a great love for travelling and photography. She volunteers for a local organization, coordinating a photography workshop dedicated to children from low resources neighborhoods. Artistic expressions of any kind are fascinating for her, and she loves how a simple word, melody or image can trigger all kinds of feelings. She started collaborating with AiA after the children of her workshop did the exchange themselves.