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New Interns

UNANIMA welcomes its three new interns for their three-month experience learning about the UN and the issues close to their hearts:  Shiroma from Sri Lanka, Maria Antonieta from Chile, and Beth from the United States. This is what they have to say:

Beth Stortroen:

A whirlwind… a new way of thinking… a call for action… a new world inside of a world. These are all the thoughts running through my mind in my first weeks as an UNANIMA International intern in New York. I am Elizabeth “Beth” Stortroen from Denver, CO. I work for the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Cabrini Sisters, in Golden, CO.

Over the next three months I am hoping to educate myself on different issues such as women and children, water and climate change and poverty eradication. I look forward to this new path God has opened for me.

Shiroma Kurumbalapitiya:

I am from the Sisters of the Divine Saviour (Salvatorian Sisters) in Sri Lanka. I left Sri Lanka on the 15, September 2011 at 3.15 am and landed in the USA JFK airport at 3.15. It was amazing flying about 20 hours in Emirates airline.

I am now living with the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. There are 10 Sisters with 8 nationalities. What a wonderful experience!

I started my internship on 19, September 2011 with my 2 interns from Chile and Colorado. Since I have been here I have had an an orientation to know more about UNANIMA and why we are here. I have participated in working groups on poverty eradication, social development and poverty and climate change, trafficking, finances and hearing from the Holy See about their programme for the year… One of the touching topics was climate change. This is first time I have heard about it and I realized it is big issue in the future for all of us.

Maria Antonieta Trimpay:

In the first place, I want to thank UNANIMA and its coordinator for giving me this wonderful opportunity of an internship.  This time in New York where I will be learning directly about the organization and the actions of the UN as a member of UNANIMA is really a privileged space in my formation.

Through this internship I hope to get more knowledge about the mechanisms and resources that can be used as a Sister of Providence for working in networks in which we strengthen each other mutually in our commitment and responsibility to ensure a society with opportunities for all.