An income-generating tea stall in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Submitted photo)
Adam Kruse, a Decorah native and a recent Luther graduate, has been granted a Peace Fellowship through the Washington D.C. based Advocacy Project, a non-profit organization that matches fellows with aid organizations all across the world.
Kruse is seeking financial sponsorship to help him in his work with the Blind Education and Rehabilitation Development Organization (BERDO) based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The financial support, he said, would allow him to "offer a pair of willing and committed hands to an under-staffed and under-funded organization that provides unique and invaluable services to one of the most marginalized groups in Bangladesh: poor yet proud individuals who seek simply to gain their human rights amidst imbalanced powers and subjugated economies. "
Kruse will live there, assisting the organization by producing video profiles of BERDO stakeholders; producing a research paper on BERDO's microcredit model in Barisal; developing a proposal for donors on microcredit and disability; and outlining a plan for climate change and disability working with The Advocacy Projects Vietnamese partner (AERD).
How to become a sponsor
Anyone interested in sponsoring Kruse may make the check payable to the non-profit, U.S. sponsor of BERDO, "The Advocacy Project" (Tax id No. /EIN: 52-2333129). Simply enter his name, Adam Lee Kruse, in the comments field and mail it to The Advocacy Project 2201 P Street NW, Rm. 204 Washington, DC. 20037, or donate online at http://advocacynet.org/page/akruse.
Kruse's passion for community organizing and advocacy developed while living in Argentina as a Rotary International Exchange Student from 2006-07.
During this time, he worked on a project building a local school and water system in the impoverished interior of Formosa. The experience abroad stirred his interest in anthropological perspectives and led him to pursue a B.A in anthropology from Luther College, where he focused on cultural and theoretical anthropological perspectives as well as social and cultural change.
Kruse has held multiple leadership roles throughout the non-profit and public sectors. He has served as an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School and as a Spanish translator for The Department of Human Services and Lutheran Social Services of Iowa.
He also has been a caseworker for Lutheran Refugee Services, helping Somali and Hmong refugees to develop business models that cycle profits back to the relocation effort. With this experience as his foundation, Kruse said he plans to contribute greatly to mission of BERDO and is excited to put ideas into practice.
Kruse may be contacted at (563) 379 6405 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested persons can follow Kruse's experience in Bangladesh through his blog and vlog on The Advocacy Project's website, (available at http://advocacynet.org/wordpress-mu/akruse/).