LDA Albania delegation represented Republic of Albania in the world largest event WFYS2017 in Sochi, Russia!


My statement after the successful participation on the WFYS in Russia 2017:

An unprecedented honor to represent the Albanian nation for the first time in this worldwide festival.

The organization which I led, “LDA Albania & Kosovo” was the only organization in the Republic of Albania who gave the opportunity to the Albanian state to be represented with a delegation of 20 young people in Sochi, Russia, among 30,000 young people from 180 countries.

I can trustworthy say that was not just a milestone but a dream and an ideal realized by young people by promoting solidarity, peace and social justice, a story to write, a start for a mission, an international vision that we will reach…

The Work of Marina Bulavsky

My Graphic Blog #9 is a kaleidoscopic, surrealistic, deeply personal account of an exceptional example of #EmpowerGlobalWomen – A photovisual collage-journey of the amazing global work of #AtlasCorps Fellow (Class 23) Marina Bulavsky, from Russia.

Disclaimer: I do not have ownership or rights to any of the logos displayed above. All photographs were taken by the creator of the piece or have been obtained from open sources.

A 6-months ‘USA’ experience worth recounting

My experience in the United States has seen different paths and taken different directions, even though I still continue to be the ever-determined HeForShe advocate I had promised myself to be years ago.



People would rather listen to music than taking few minutes to read a piece like this in my country. In the same sense, though travelling is generally seen as a part of experience, where I come from, travelling abroad is a sign of achievement and breakthrough.

The moment one travels out of Nigeria, most people send congratulatory messages; although only few genuinely care about reasons behind his/her travel. People start sending best wishes laced with a reminder to bring back some gifts. Most times, the parents of such a person are elevated in the society while the wife and child(ren), if married, or his suitor is treated like royalty. The relative standard of living is expected to change within few months of exiting the country, or else, he is labeled a complete failure!

Structural racism at Brussels Airport

The Brussels Airport is one of the busiest airport in Europe. It is fast becoming a major transit center for travelers particularly to Sub-Saharan Africa. Being a major transfer center for passengers traveling to and from Africa, it would be expected that these passengers deserve nothing but equal treatment commensurate to what travelers to other destinations enjoy. Nevertheless, one cannot but be disgusted by the unfair, unjust, and prejudiced treatment meted to travelers to the Sub-Sahara African region at the Brussels Airport.

AN EARLY BELL TO NEW FELLOWS: how to make the “year-long” fellowship more meaningful.

NEW FELLOWS: An early bell to straighten your path

NEW FELLOWS: An early bell to straighten your path

In what seemed like a dream unfolding into a hazy reality, my acceptance into the Atlas Corps fellowship was the best thing that happened to me in 2016. Finding it hard to tender my resignation to my previous organization, I only jumbled together few handover notes and updates on pending tasks at the dire moment; all because I worked till the last moment (few days before my trip to the USA) to ease transition for the incoming Communications Lead. Just in a day, I packed my clothes-most of which I personally designed- and clutched few reading materials, all set for the year-long fellowship.

Why I believe young people are key to leading change

This is the second blog in a new series of Q&As with young people who volunteer with Restless Development in Africa and Asia, we spoke to 23-year old Rakesh Kumar Gupta, a Restless Development India volunteer

“If I ruled the world, I’d free all my sons,” an excerpt from a 90s rap song by American rapper Nas states. Not riches. Not wealth. But the ultimate power – freedom.

But freedom itself doesn’t mean the right to do what we want. It is the power to do what we ought – put young people at the forefront of change and development in a changing world.

THREE MONTHS IN THE USA: An experience worth sharing

Growing up as a child, one country was always top of our wish list as we were made to believe that barely making it to that country means you’re forever rich. The beauty of the streets and automated systems (mostly seen in movies) not only  left an indelible ink on our minds but made tons of young people dream, daze and forever feel incomplete without the opportunity to visit or even stay in this land. To a greater extent, this country (one of the super-world powers) is just like every other country comprising rich and poor people, modern and traditional houses, peaks and valleys, and inequality just as wide as one can hardly imagine.



Hailing from Sierra Leone, a looming relic of a nation that had been through the brunt of a decade civil war and an Ebola outbreak that claimed many lives, just makes me a resilient soul with passion to one day put smile on the faces of the vulnerable and most marginalized of societies.


Balochistan is the largest province in Pakistan, covering around 45% of the country and it has a population of 7.5 million people. It is also one of the least developed regions of the country with a literacy rate of around 27%. Gender discrimination exists too. The number of boys attending school is low at 50% but only 5% of girls in the region have the opportunity to attend school. This situation results in a very low level of female literacy in the region and very poor living conditions for families. Scouting is strong in Balochistan and the number of Scouts has risen from 30,000 in 1996 to 70,000 in 2004. Boy scouts, who are in the adolescent age-range, receive training on importance of education, child rights, data collection and interpersonal communication skills.