6 books to get closer to Russia

Continuing my country presentation – that is what every Atlas Corps fellow should do at the beginning of the fellowship – I have a couple of things to add.

As you remember, Russia is the biggest country in the World. There are roughly 150 millions of Russians – if we believe Wikipedia – live worldwide. The majority of these people share the same historical and cultural heritage, especially the heritage we have gotten from XX century.

Do you want to dig deeper into of topic of modern Russia? Here are several books – both fiction and non-fiction – I want to recommend. I think they sufficiently reflect our cultural identity and describe social and political turbulences.

Making Communities Self-Reliant

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime”

This holds a very true meaning in the non-profit sector with regards to helping communities be more self-reliant by governing their own lives and economies, and is one of the most sustainable solutions to solving long-term poverty, food security and related problems in the world.

Making communities self-reliant is a process and does not happen overnight. However, the starting point is that government and non-profit organisations make it the central tenet of their work.

Black Lives

When the news of my travel to the U.S. become public in our family the very first advice I received was to beware from black people while in the U.S. and avoid them on streets.’ According to some people I met here in the U.S. blacks are very violent “who can kill you just for your wallet or your phone”. When one of my friends made this comment above, I asked out of my curiosity how many people she knows firsthand who were attacked or looted by blacks, and she knew none. However, she insisted it is so common in the U.S. that “everybody knows it”.

Overseas Fellowship – Year Back Reflection

I applied for Atlas Corps fellowship program with an aim and purpose in my mind to improve myself to better serve my community. I am very pleased and honored to work with Empowered Women International under the fellowship program, where I was provided with an opportunity to serve immigrants, refugees and American born low income women. As part of EWI, I helped immigrants, refugees and low income American born women in being economically mobile, financially stable and socially engaged. Working with the women from all over the world in the pace of socio-economic development broadened my understanding of the concept of women empowerment. These women inspired me with their resilience, courage, consistency and passion and accomplishments.

Entrepreneurship Pathways for Women – An Innovative Approach

Entrepreneurship Pathways for Women (EPW) is an innovative approach used by Empowered Women International to empower refugees, immigrants and low income American born women in greater DC Metro area. Broadly speaking, EPW consists of training programs and Entrepreneur Support Services which help women to pursue their passion, utilize their skills and creativity leading towards upward and increased economic mobility, financial stability and enhanced social engagement.

1. Training Programs

  • Entrepreneur Training for Success (ETS): ETS is a three-month, 60 hour course designed for the women who have passion and want to transform their passion into a business.  ETS strongly emphasizes on the fundamentals of micro-entrepreneurship, combined with the basics of financial literacy.


I have to sincerely plead with my wife, family, friends and relatives who never heard of this story before now. Today is really symbolic to my life, Joyce’s and the beautiful young girl’s, who clocks 8 today – by my calculation:

The Weight of the World…Atlas (Corps) Manages


[On April 19, Caroline & Haney Armstrong hosted a beautiful event at their home in the Castro District of San Francisco in support of Atlas Corps. The event was attended by Atlas Corps Fellows including Marina Bulavskaia (Russia, Host: SparkAction) and Wafaa Heikal (Egypt, Host: Meedan Labs); Atlas Corps Young Trustee Yvette White; and Local Ambassadors, Host Organizations, community organizations, friends of Atlas Corps, and those wanting to learn more. The following are Haney Armstrong’s introductory remarks.]

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#elViewsFromSudan : Sudan’s beauty captured through various lenses!


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The world often paints Sudan (Previously the largest nation in Africa) as a hazard zone and disregards it as a tourist friendly country. However, the country’s true nature offers travelers both incredible solitude and hospitality, from its deserts to its rich civilization relics dating back from pre-Pharonic Egypt to the shorelines of the Red Sea to the Taka Massif, The grandeur river Nile and the green west. But most importantly, hospitality at its best.

10 things you need to know about the 2016 Sudanese Doctors Strike!











With a total population of over 40 million, Sudan has been in the fore front of violence since 2003, with 2.5 million displaced in Darfur and 300,000 lost lives since the beginning of the violence there. The people of Sudan have been suffering for years from lack of basic human rights, from deteriorating medical infrastructure, facilities and health care. Many areas lack in medical care, hospitals lack equipment to treat patients and both patients and doctors are struggling to keep up with the failure of the health system in the country.