My name is Natalie.  I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.  I am / a daughter / sister / enjoyer of a good book, movie or song / former cubicle dweller at an investment firm / saved by a rebel / Mizzou grad / SLU MBA / Journey member / aspiring chorus girl in a musical / autumn, marching band, football, game night and scavenger hunt enthusiast / wannabe photographer & writer / swimmer in my glory days / business suit wearer / public transportation rider / recovering aloof people pleaser / enjoyer of cities & the great outdoors / practical idealist yearning for all things to be made right / in progress.

I am humbled and honored to be working as a structural transformation design fellow in the Uganda field office of International Justice Mission, a human rights organization.  In Uganda IJM casework centers around issues of property grabbing against widows and children.  Our tireless staff of lawyers, investigators and aftercare providers work for victim relief, perpatrator accountability, holistic aftercare, and sustainable improvements to the public justice system.  I am concentrating on that last part–how to change the processes so that public justice offices function better and protect the vulnerable.  Pray.  Our vision is that one day widows and children will not live in fear that their homes and livlihood are in jeopardy.

I hope that this blog is one of many ways to stay in touch during my fellowship.  I want dialogue, I want your updates, I want to email, skype, snail mail.  Help me to help us stay in touch.

And if I don’t know you, welcome!  Please say hi!

-natalie

One response »

  1. Hi Natalie,
    I warmly praise you for your generouse work for IJM.
    I enjoyed this posting of your work.
    I have had the flu for three days…am starting to feel better today and i may go to the library tomorrow. I finished reading Archer’s “Not a penny more, not a penny less” this afternoon. “Killing Lincoln” was a decent read last week.
    Kevin called this morning and I enjoy hearing his voice once in a while.
    This weekend has been in the teens w some wind so it was a good time to be inside and sick. We have had bright sunshine. Anne brought me some food and a Valentine of pink and white flowers. (that was a pleasant surprise).

    I hope this finds you happy.

    Love you,
    Granny

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