Stories from Program: Legal Empowerment Network

December 10, 2016

The Exchange of Ideas and Inspiration

by Michael Otto in

Juves Tchiamala works for Lawyers of Hope Rwanda, empowering vulnerable individuals in court or through a network of paralegals he helps to train and coordinate. His organization was struggling with monitoring cases, communicating impact, securing financial sustainability, and recruiting and motivating community paralegals. So when Juves heard about the Global Legal Empowerment learning exchange, he…

October 15, 2016

Learning to Change the World

by Michael Otto in The participants of the South Africa legal empowerment learning

Faith Ochieng lives and works by the words of Nelson Mandela’s famous quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” For her, that ‘education’ includes legal education. Faith works with Kituo cha Sheria (KITUO), a human rights NGO committed to helping disadvantaged, poor and marginalized people in Kenya…

October 14, 2016

He Came with Challenges and Left with Solutions

by Michael Otto in Bambang at the legal empowerment learning exchange, May 2015.

Bambang Pradityo works for KBH Bogor in Indonesia. KBH Bogor is a legal aid organization that uses paralegals to help local farming communities and labor unions understand and advocate for their rights. Bambang, however, has faced significant challenges in his work. Efforts to build a strong paralegal network were not going well, and finding sustainable funding…

March 15, 2016

An Empowering Exchange

by Michael Otto in Wirdan and a fellow learning exchange participant share a laugh

Wirdan Fauzi is a public interest lawyer with the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute. His job is to improve the lives of workers by building their understanding of their rights and advocating for changes to labor policies. But for Wirdan, it is much more than just a job, it’s a way to fulfill his personal goal of…