“It is possible and the dream is within reach. For too long women and girls have been timid and shy and afraid to come out. We were taught to be seen but not heard. I want change that.”~MagdaleneMatthews, 2015 Nelson Mandela Fellow and author of RISE: Redeeming the Future of Liberia: A Practical Guide To Self-Development
Listen to how one young woman is encouraging an entire generation in Liberia to rise up and redeem the future of Liberia. From meeting the President of the United States, to serving as a Nelson Mandela Fellow for young African Leaders, to ensuring her fellow citizens have access to clean water Magdalene is a force of the upcoming generation and she wants you to join her.
Magdalene Matthews has over five years’ experience working in public management, specifically in the development sector, holding various administrative and programmatic positions. Currently, she serves as program manager and water quality specialist for the USAID-funded Liberia Municipal Water Project, where she supports programming and coordinates the water quality and environmental compliance components of the project. Magdalene is the author of RISE! Redeeming the Future of Liberia: A Practical Guide To Self-Development, an inspirational book which she promotes through volunteer seminars in schools and colleges across Liberia. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Health from the Harvard School of Public Health’s Cyprus International Institute for Environmental and Public Health, and volunteers as a guest contributor to the environmental column of the Daily Observer Newspaper. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, she hopes to support the government of Liberia in its current efforts to revise national drinking water quality standards.