E-Volunteering Across Barriers

E-Volunteering expands Cuso International’s capacity to support partners in dangerous regions of the world where in-country volunteer work may not be possible due to safety and security issues for our international volunteers. This is the story of one e-volunteer who overcame such barriers through the power of her creativity.

Karem Laguna-Grant is a freelance graphic designer based in Ottawa, Canada. As an e-volunteer, she supported our partner TECHO-Nicaragua based in Managua by designing advertising materials to appeal to their donors and supporters, a presentation banner, and a Mother’s Day social media campaign to draw attention to Mothers who have lost loved ones during the Nicaraguan conflict.

In the Fall of 2018, civil unrest in Nicaragua forced the evacuation of international governmental and non-governmental personnel and volunteers. In response, Cuso International relocated volunteers based in Nicaragua to other country volunteer placements. Through e-volunteering, Karem could continue to support TECHO despite the barriers posed to in-person volunteering.

TECHO-Nicaragua is an organization that seeks to improve the quality of people living in poverty and in marginalized settlements through community development. Karem’s designs have provided TECHO with greater visibility through modern and bold graphics within Nicaragua and within the 19 Latin American countries in which they work.

Karen’s designs are in demand and she has since supported two additional projects in Bolivia and in Benin.  According to Karem it “is amazing and very rewarding as a designer to see how my hands can reach far places.” Cuso International is thankful to our dedicated e-volunteers such as Karem.