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"young maasai women" Discussed on GSMC Book Review Podcast
"And welcome back to the and the book of You. PODCAST and the continuation of my interview with Juliet. Cutler what would you say The biggest learning learning experience was for you in those two years. Well I think there are a couple of big takeaways as for me One I alluded to earlier. That as an out I I. I sometimes say change doesn't come from the outside in. It comes from the inside out and so as a foreigner coming into place with good intentions. I think I learned that. It's always our role to follow rather than lead and I think that's not always easy for Westerners because we're used to coming in with that's our plans and our timelines and our budgets and getting everyone in order and sort of moving toward a goal but that's not always helping operate great and other places and so really to come in and take a step back and listen rather than lead and so that was sort of a big piece of learning from mm-hmm and also just a recognition that there are many Tanzania Maasai people who intimately know the issues that they face and how how to solve them and our leaders in their communities already and so really we have to empower those folks to solve the problems that they alrighty know how to solve but sometimes lack the resources to solve and so we're really there as as helpers and supporters of those local people so that was sort out of one big takeaway and then I think the other takeaway for me was. I think it was the first time in my life that I had really been confronted with my own privilege and just the opportunities that I had simply because I was American I was white. I was you know relatively affluent compared to the rest of the world and it never had really occurred to me that all of that was just kind of a given and for a lot of people around the world like eighty percent of the rest of the world. They just don't have access to the same things that I have access to just because of where I was born and so that was something that should've squarely hit between the eyes many times while I was living in Tanzania. Yeah yeah and I can only imagine that it was just an incredible Two years there's Full of a lot of Learning and You know amazing experiences but also difficult experiences. I know you have had a relationship with the school there since you left teaching so Can you talk a little bit about that relationship. And how it has evolved. Sure so so I think one of the realizations sort of came from those two pieces of learning that I just talked about was that Those of us who who have some privilege and have some power have a responsibility to wield that privilege and power responsibly and to empower and give back to to those Who who are looking for those kinds of opportunities and so I think coming back I really felt that it was important to maintain this relationship with the school and to continue to support the work of local leaders there and so I go back almost on an annual basis now Largely my role now is as a fundraiser here. In the United States there are a couple of organizations nations that continue to support the work in Tanzania I smoke about one earlier operation bootstrap Africa. They provided all the funding to construct the school. Oh but also scholarships for all the students who attend that school and they've been doing that for twenty five years now so along deep connection there and then what are the other pieces of learning. That came out of my time in Tanzania is that sometimes it's not enough just to give a girl a scholarship colors ship and get her to school because if she doesn't feel safe at home or in her community than she may not finish school and I talk in the book about a couple of young women who face issues of violence at home and the effective active that ultimately on their lives and their education and so doctors and Julie who was a mentor of ours there he he started a safehouse shortly after we left and the safehouses a place for young women who aren't safe at home To be during school breaks so that that they don't sort of face the risk of not being able to come back to school for for whatever reason whether whether it be that they're forced into a marriage or In Tanzania this law has changed within the last six months but it used to be that It was illegal to readmit a young woman to secondary school. Once she'd had a baby and so that that law has fortunately just changed. I but so for a young woman who might go home during a school break get raped. She's pregnant that sort of immediately then answer education. And that's still a pretty prevalent practice in Tanzania but fortunately it's no longer the law and so you know he would create the safe house He created the State House. Where are young women could go and have a safe place to be so that they could finish their educations and that work has been funded Largely largely through Luther partners in global ministry but also is partnered with a local. They call them NGOs in the international community but non-governmental organisation which is what we call nonprofits called One Gaza and Gaza is led entirely by Tanzanians and they. They're focused on how to make school safe places for kids. But also on empowering women and girls through community based education programs around so those are the ways that I remain connected there in supporting those organizations in the work that they're doing By raising money here among Americans by by writing this book. All proceeds from the sale of the book are going back to support these two organizations. That are just spoke about so the impetus for the book really came about. I think on the one hand. It was an effort for me to sort of process what this whole experience had meant to me but it was also meant to be a tool to raise awareness about the issues that young women and girls face not only in east Africa but around the world and the ways in which we might support an uplift. These young women. Thank you for that. I really appreciate it what would you hope that readers would take away from the book I think the biggest takeaway I would have for. Readers is the profound effect that education has on women and girls who live in poverty It really does have the power to transform lives Research in the field of international development sort of bears out that the single most effective intervention for poverty alleviation is the education particularly for women and girls in the developing world. And so I think the the book really paints that picture of how Young Maasai Women and have benefitted from education. One of the really great things about twenty years of retrospect is that I know what's happened to many of my students percents No graduates of the Maasai. Secondary School for girls are now in all sectors of Tanzania. They are Leaders within is in their own communities. But they've also started nonprofit organizations that are addressing some of the most pressing issues for the Maasai which are landing water rights rights access to education and healthcare They are teachers pastors attorneys We have one graduate WHO's spoken at the United Nations Nations Permanent Forum on a digital issues a few times now and so These young women have come from very very humble beginnings to it really be leaders not just among the Maasai but internationally in some cases and so that's really the way's education then makes a difference. I think you know. Readers may not have a particular affinity for supporting Maasai Girls' education. But what I would say as Airways to support the education of women and girls where you live and this is the need all over the world and so I I hope readers there's will be inspired by the stories of these young women in the ways that education can transform lives. Yeah Thank you for that. It's obviously Something that is very near and dear to your heart in Europe passionate about it so I appreciate that. And it's it's time for our final break of the podcast when we come back Before we get to the conclusion of this interview we will get my normal random question. Awkward Heard Interview Question. You know how it is so you won't you won't WanNa miss that stay tuned you're listening to the MC Book Review Podcast and I will be right-back pep springs such joy to our lives and the MC pets podcast is here to a share in that joy. We'll tell stories of pets finding their forever homes acting in unexpected ways being helpful or just being silly whether you love dogs cats llamas reptiles fish or you'd never met an animal you didn't like the MC pets podcast is for you..
"young maasai women" Discussed on GSMC Book Review Podcast
"Sarah and I hope you're having a wonderful week so far coming off of a great weekend I just spent A little over a week on jury duty. It was my first time ever sitting on a jury. It was a criminal trial. We reached a verdict. I'M NOT GONNA go into detail tale about the case but it was equal parts interesting and insanely boring. That's all I can say about that Sometimes yeah it was. It was interesting at other points it was like poof. I mean I knew it wasn't going to like it was on TV. But wow I wasn't expecting the my coffee is not strong enough for this bottom portion of the trial at any rate it is Tuesday and we have an author interview as says usual. This author is Well a former coworker of mine. Her name is Juliet Cutler. And it's it's kind of strange. Hey it's kind of strange. How many people I know who have written books and who have been coming on the podcast? I think that's amazing that I have so many writer and author friends in my relatively small circle of acquaintances. It's also interesting for me to have spoken with Juliet yet about her book because we were together over twenty years ago at a Lutheran summer camp in Montana. I may have spoken about it before. I don't even know so. We knew each other for ten weeks one summer in nineteen ninety seven. I think maybe ninety the eight think it worked there ninety seven and ninety eight so ninety seven probably and I have not seen her since you know our lives took us in different directions directions in fact before we started recording. We spent some time catching up. You know incredibly briefly on the last twenty three years since we not quite right twenty three years but over twenty years since we last saw each other and so it's strange to have a conversation with someone that you knew in a very specific setting for a very brief time breath and then over twenty years later have a conversation so you know you kind of know them but not really at any rate it was. It was a lot of fun to catch up with Juliet and to talk about this book which I found fascinating and you might be thinking to yourself. Would you just tell me the name of the book please. And Yes yes I shall. The book is called among the MASCI. It is a memoir of that. It is by Juliet Cutler. In one thousand nine hundred nine Juliette Cutler leaves the United States to teach at the first school from SL girls in East Africa marking the beginning of a twenty year journey to empower young Masci women. Through education working alongside local teachers cutler is transformed by the community she finds in Tanzania and by witnessing the life-changing impacts of education on her our students many of whom face staggering poverty forced marriages genital cutting and other forms of gender based violence. That is the description of this memoir. It covers those two years of teaching but also A lot of what has gone on in the in the twenty years since Since she started teaching there and her continued relationship with the school and her her evolving role in that relationship. I I found this book to be so fascinating a because it's calm again. Someone I knew very briefly and now I'm getting this glimpse into her life and a life that I didn't know much about but also because I didn't know a lot about the mass I I I know a little bit. He from readings here and there. But this gives a really good perspective on how their culture is changing because they are a nomadic society so how that is evolving as the world around them changes how is changing in terms terms of education especially educating girls and Juliet's perspective on that especially coming in as an outsider and and a white outsider. She she's so thoughtful conscientious of that role her role as a white American coming in being being perceived in a certain way her history. You know maybe not personally sleep but obviously the cultural history of of colonialism and how that affects a white person's relationship with with a colonized people she just does really masterful job of delving into all of these topics and bringing it together in a memoir are that is so engaging and so easy to read and experienced I say it reads almost like the novel. It's not quite a novel. But because she intertwines not only her story but The story of some of her students you get different aspects in different perspectives. And so you get a bit of those novel like qualities and I really really enjoyed. It and I learned a lot of from Tom this book. So let's go ahead and turn out to the interview with Juliet Cutler again. The book is among the Masci a memoir. Hi Juliet Eliot welcome to the PODCAST. Thank you so much for joining me. Thanks for having me Sarah. It is wonderful to have you here and I am excited to talk about your her memoir. It's called among them aside before we get to the memoir though if you could share just a little bit about yourself So my listeners can get to know you a bit that would be great. It sure My Name is Juliet Cutler and I currently live just outside of Atlanta in a small community called Sarah and be. That's that's focused on art the environment and culture so it's sort of an interesting place and then it's built around an organic farm as well I've lived lived a number of different places. I moved to Atlanta from Amsterdam where my husband and I lived for about six years. We've also lived in Minneapolis. Saint Paul and I grew up in Montana part of that. biography is is in the narrative of my memoir. But that's a little bit about who I am professionally. I work as a planner. Planner and writer for clients around the world developing educational programs and exhibits for places like national and State Parks Museums museums. Nature centers places like that. Wow that sounds like a really fascinating. I mean just from the overview sounds very interesting I We could probably have a whole long conversation just about your life but Since the book podcast. We'll the jump to. The book is a memoir. They said And it's called among them aside. So can you give a bit of an overview of the story right so the story is largely set Right at the twin at the turn of the twenty first century so I went over or just after I had finished my undergrad degree and I had I was partway through my graduate degree I came out of my Undergrad as a certified English. Josh teacher and I heard the stories of these young Maasai women who so desperately wanted to go to school that they would run away from. I'm home Show up on the doorstep of the Secondary School and beg for a place there The Maasai has historically herded cattle saddling goats in the Great Rift Valley. And I think as the twenty percents you wrote twenty-first-century approach Based a lot of changes to their historical land and water rights as well as encroachment of globalization and. I think these young women really saw education as a pathway to a better future and so I was really moved by those stories of these young women and their plight and volunteered to teach in east Africa for two years. I was there as a volunteer English teacher. And so this this memoir really tells the story of what it was like as a young American to go abroad To work there for two years in a culture that was radically different from from my own. It talks a lot about my transformation. The things that I learned from that process it also shares the stories of some of my students students and the issues that they faced as young Maasai Women So it's sort of a coming of age story in many ways The story continues continues through though really almost to the present in that it talks about what it was like to come back to the United States and then sort of paint the picture of what this school aw has achieved over the last twenty years in the transpiration of young women's lives who live on the margins where poverty the and and violence is very prevalent. We're going to go ahead and take our first break of the podcast when we come back we speaking about a young woman in the book who has certain parallels to Juliet's story so stay tuned. You're listening to the GMC Book Review. PODCAST and I'll be right back. Are you tired of the same news or are you sick of the seemingly endless political spin negatively the diaz. 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