Welcome! FierySpirits is for activists and professionals who are building vibrant, resilient rural communities. Tell us a little about why you'd like to join?
I am currently in the final year of a Masters in International Affairs at the New School in New York City. I plan to write my master's thesis on the potential for asset-based community development in Ugandan urban upgrading. I will be traveling to Uganda this June to evaluate the secondary city support program instituted by the Cities Alliance in Nov 2009.
About Me (areas of expertise/interest I can share)
Having grown up in small-town Australia, Skye left the country in 1999 and has been working and studying throughout the world ever since. Skye's experiences in Africa inspired her to return to school in 2005 and pursue a degree in African Studies at Hunter College. In 2006 she founded - and continues to serve as director of - The Wembly Fund, a nonprofit that raises funds and awareness for child welfare initiatives in Africa. Currently in the final year of her MA in International Affairs at the New School, Skye continues to focus on African development issues and in 2010 was appointed to the board of African Children's Haven.
A belated welcome to fieryspirits.com - we hope you find the site useful. You can find a guide under 'welcome' which gives a introduction to the site and to the work. It would be great if you could post up some of your thoughts/ experiences into the Asset discussion (you can find this in the Assets group listed on the home page.) Our colleagues at IACD are currently co-producing a report with Carnegie that looks into Asset Based Approaches to Community development and regeneration (this will be published in July.)
Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries about this site,