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Published on Mar 23, 2016
Elizabeth Gowing tells the story of how a chance encounter with a 9 year-old from the excluded Ashkali community of rubbish-pickers in Kosovo led to a project that's developed over the last 6 years to help people in need, to help people in need help themselves but also, and crucially, to help people in need to help others in need. The work of the volunteers of The Ideas Partnership charity inspired the recent book The Rubbish-Picker's Wife; an unlikely friendship in Kosovo and Elizabeth's talk is a celebration of what can be achieved by volunteers not only for poor communities but in transforming the lives of the volunteers themselves.
Elizabeth Gowing worked as a teacher in primary education in inner London before moving to Kosovo in 2006. She is an education consultant, translator from Albanian to English, and the author of three books about Kosovo - Travels in Blood and Honey; becoming a beekeeper in Kosovo (2011), Edith and I; on the trail of an Edwardian traveller in Kosovo (2013) and The Rubbish-Picker's Wife; an unlikely friendship in Kosovo (2015). She is the co-founder of The Ideas Partnership, a charity working with volunteers to address education challenges in Kosovo, and particularly to support the excluded Roma and Ashkali community of rubbish-pickers.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx