Traveling to Brazil as an International Reporting Project Fellow

Brazil 2014

By Purnima Ramakrishnan

March 11, 2014

Also published by World Moms Blog

Sometime back I wrote in my personal blog that I am ‘NOT’ a globe-trotting mama. But here I am getting ready for my next adventure all over Brazil.

Photo: United Nations Foundation

I am honored and proud to officially announce that I have been selected to receive a fellowship in journalism and will be reporting from Brazil for the International Reporting Project as part of the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. I shall be reporting about reduction of poverty and hunger in Brazil, and how it has embraced the Millennium Development Goals to improve the lives of its citizens.

Here at World Moms Blog, working for the MDGs has been something close to our hearts. And hence this trip is also very close to my heart where I will be learning so much and sharing what we do here at World Moms Blog through media and through the power of mothers. Having launched the Moms4MDGs campaign in Chicago, during BlogHer13 and following up very closely and working with it has made me feel very passionate about this cause.

As I brace myself for a hectic fortnight in the 2nd and 3rd weeks of April, where we may go backpacking and camping in rural and suburban Brazil, one thought comes to my mind – What is it that I am going to achieve, apart from the learning and all the anticipated fun? I really don’t know that yet.

I only know that this trip is going to be very special in so many ways.

I have written posts about the 8 MDGs in the past  about a few topics including Environment,Eco-feminismreducing Infant mortality ratechild-healthSocial issues and empowerment of girl child and women. I now also look forward to learn more about reduction of health, poverty, hunger and improvement of the lifestyle of citizens by the sustained effort of various individuals and organizations.

This trip is going to take me places very rugged and rustic like rural villages where connectivity could be difficult, I understand. It makes me a bit concerned, honestly. Not being in touch with my family, especially my son every single moment is going to be difficult. I leave him in good care and support; however this phase sure will be tricky to cope.

We do not have a detailed itinerary yet, but I know that it is going to be exciting. Exciting? Yes, at times, IRP fellows have also met with Presidents and Prime Ministers of the countries they visit. So, it is just not back-packing and camping and reporting from the villages. It is also meeting with the decision makers and understanding how the entire system works.

Anybody want to guess what came in the mail yesterday? A luggage tag featuring the WMB lady, just in time for my travels. Jen, Thank you! I love this so much and as I pack my bags for Brazil, this is something which will always remind me of the love and comradeship of this beautiful group.

Please look forward to my everyday thoughts and stories, and possibly photographs, video posts, blog posts, slideshows, updates on social networks, assuming I have a good internet connection.

You can track my posts from this trip at #Moms4MDGs.You can track all posts from this trip using #BrazilMDGs.

I will be tweeting from both @WorldMomsBlog and @Puma_Vinod. I will vicariously be posting on Facebook both on my personal profile and World Moms Blog profile too.

Please feel free to ask me any questions and leave your comments about this trip. I would also love to read any of your insights on Brazil.

Purnima Ramakrishnan will report on development in Brazil on a fellowship with the International Reporting Project (IRP).