Maryam Elahi

Maryam Elahi joined the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut after 25 years of leadership in the international human rights community as an advocate, teacher and grantmaker.  Before her work with CFECT, she was director of the International Women’s Program at the Open Society Foundations, a global philanthropic organization, where she supported organizations empowering women in conflict and post-conflict countries.

A Journey to Hope: Oba's Story

"I wanted to die more than anything else in life,” said Oba. Oba is from the northern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo where tribal differences brought about war. He lost his parents and several siblings to groups of gunmen. He shared his story with Judith Twala, a psychotherapist and trainer at our Dadaab, Kenya, project where we are working in the world’s largest refugee camp.


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