Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Four New Additions to our Cottage Grove Headquarters!

Assa (sixth from right) and the rest of the InStove staff.
The New Year brings many new faces to InStove. Talented interns and a fulltime staff member have joined us this January! We are happy to welcome Assa Sylla Traore as our Africa Project Coordinator. Assa hails from Mali in West Africa and recently completed her second Master’s degree in International Studies at the University of Oregon.

“It means a lot to me to know that in Cottage Grove, miles from Africa, someone is making stoves to relieve women suffering and promote their health,” she said.

Assa will be focusing on developing new and old partnerships throughout Africa’s diverse countries.

We are also joined by three social media interns: Allison, Lauren, and Samantha.

Alison and Buster the tortoise. 
Alison is pursuing a degree in Public Relations and is passionate about animal conservation. Her ideal weekend would include visiting an aquarium, but her life goal is to prevent further animal extinction.

Lauren in Italy.
“[At InStove] I hope to gain skills on how to strategically communicate stories and news to the community that will give back to others around the world,” said Alison.

Our second intern, Lauren, is studying Journalism with an emphasis in Communication Studies. “I hope to combine my passion for writing and travel and pursue a goal that is interesting, challenging, and enjoyable,” said Lauren. “I like that InStove is working to create a healthy environment for people living in the developing world.”

Samantha ready to cheer on her university.
Our third intern, Samantha, is pursuing a degree in English with a minor in folklore. “I think that social media is the future of our world and a great way of communicating with others,” she said. Samantha first heard about InStove at the UO Career Fair, and promptly started following our Twitter account. “I really want to help make a difference and spread InStove’s mission through social media outlets.”

We are excited to welcome such a passionate group of interns to our team!