On the 17th October my friend and World Pulse Digital Change Maker Joanna Smieja came to visit me in Dubai and we celebrated Anti-Poverty Week 2017.
We had a great time and she thoroughly enjoyed her first visit to the United Arab Emirates. I hope there will be many more!!!
I am grateful to Jo for recording these interviews in English, Polish and being a great sport at teaching me Polish and learning Urdu.
We hope you will enjoy them as much as we did recording them.
Jo's video English here (this video currently being edited)
Jo's video Polish here (this video is also currently being edited)
Jo and Sabeena learn Polish and Urdu (I hope to post these videos soon)
Jo eating a delicious date filled with pistachios
Jo's first experience of Diwali and Rangoli
Jo admiring the colourful rangoli
Vibhuthi artist extraordinare and my neighbour creating beautiful Rangoli's
Joanna at Dubai Creek
Jo taking a few shots at Madinat Jumeirah
Jo relaxing at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
Jo and I supporting Anti-Poverty Week 2017, Dubai, UAE
Jo supporting the 10 Principles of Fair Trade
Joanna is a qualified lawyer, behavioural psychologist and Austim Spectrum educator and trainer.
I met Jo online while mentoring for the World Pulse Digital Change Maker Programme February to June 2017.
Joanna is passionate about teaching, travelling and photography.
She hopes to establish the first Austim Spectrum Centre in Warsaw Poland in the near future.
I wish her every happiness and success!
It was a pleasure having you stay with us Jo. We look forward to seeing you again very soon.
I was surprised by their message as I didn't believe I was qualified to mentor anyone.
Joanna is 30 years old, is double psychology graduate and an autism specialist/therapist/shadow teacher and trainer.
Joanna has lived with her disability and has overcome it with the support of her family, friends, peers and colleagues.
She is a ''TRUE INSPIRATION'' and would like to share her passion, her teaching to assist children with autism to fulfil their dreams and ambitions.
Unfortunately, autism is an area of education which is under resourced and under funded in her country.
Joanna spent 10 months working abroad with two organisation based in California, US and Wales UK specialising in autism.
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So here I am for the seventh consecutive year participating in the Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind The Label.
This year the challenge commences 14th February - 29th March 2018.
Six Items Challenge 2018
Everyday Hero Six Items Challenge 2018 - The Lilfairtrade Shop
For those interested I have also attached links to the Six Items Challenges, 2017, 2016 and 2012 - 2015.
Six Items Challenge 2016
Six Items Challenge 2012-2015
By sheer chance and after a coffee with Ms Arwa Hassan Al Qassim of Dubai Culture early February 2018 I was politely asked if I would like to be panelist at the SheTrades MENA Launch. I said YES!
Many thanks to Dr Ashraf Mahate Chief Economist at the Government of Dubai and Dubai Exports and Ms Al Qassim for providing me with a platform to talk about my passion FAIR TRADE.
This January I started trading at The Boutique Market at JBR, Dubai, UAE.
I invited two wonderful Social Enterprise lecturers from the Middlesex University Dubai to lunch at the Olea Restaurant Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates.
Received a new consignment of fair trade and fairly traded organic toys.
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