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Thank you so much! This challenge is over, but hopefully the ideas will gain footing soon enough.

Thanks for your note--the response has been overwhelming! And like you, we believe in the power of the arts in this process.

Thanks so much for your feedback! I'm glad to hear it resonates. My sister-in-law mentioned your proposal in particular but I did not get to reach out to you until I saw your note--thanks for writing. I'm sorry I was not able to be as collaborative as I would like because I'm just volunteering while working, going to school, and raising a child! The folks in Mondema do not have electricity or internet, etc., so a lot of my time was just spent dealing with all of that. I know none of this is surprising to you!

I need to take a more careful look at the grant distribution to see if I can offer any specific suggestions. The nutshell is to make it as simple and accessible as possible for prospective applicants. I only read through briefly because I have a presentation for work (will definitely re-read), so forgive me if you've already addressed this, but consider multiple modes of conveying their idea. I think you said you already got feedback about the complexity of the language. Can I assume that people can submit in more than one language? (Not in Sierra Leone--which is supposedly independent now but has to do all this in English!) Will they get technical assistance? Not just applying for funds but managing any funds they get (this is not necessarily a question of integrity--they may not have the infrastructure to suddenly handle a relatively large amount of money). Will they get technical assistance in telling their story--again, not from the mainstream "communications" or "PR" perspective but from the perspective of community engagement and inspiring more bottom-up movements?

Let's be in touch because my personal background is in research and evaluation and I would love to support this work, also, somehow or other--even if it's just a short phone conversation.