Nomalizwe Byndon - An American Girl working in London

I came to London to intern at Tender. I graduated from Nebraska and was interested in working in the human rights field.  I wanted to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to work successfully in this field on an international level.  Tender seem like a good place to start given their impressive history of where they started and where they are now. They have made a major impact with young people in the community using innovative ways to engage on the discussion of abuse in and out of schools.

Nomie It was a bit of a change coming from Nebraska to the London. One of the first things I noticed was how much it rains. I knew it rained a lot, but didn’t expect to see rain almost every day.  I also didn’t bring a jacket. I showed up in a sleeve less summer dress, freezing. When I left Nebraska it was 104 degrees which equals 40 Celsius (I don’t think it gets that hot here).  Another thing I noticed was the British accents. It was a bit hard for me to follow everyone’s speech at first. I’ve never met anyone from the U.K. There is limited programming of U.K. television in the U.S. The only thing I’ve ever watch that was British was Mary Poppins and Mr. Bean.  Oh and I can’t forget James Bond.  We love to watch him at home 😉 I’m still learning about the people and the city itself.  Google and I have become very close.

Well I been interning at the Tender organisation for a little over a month now. I really do like this organisation as well as the people who work here.  Everyone here wants to make a positive impact across the nation and hopefully the world to stop abuse. One of the great things they do is engaging young people of discussing what is ok and not okay in a healthy relationship.   Back at home, I’ve worked with abused women who live in shelters. It’s hard for them to distinguish the difference between an unhealthy and healthy relationship.  They spent years trying to make an abusive relationship work simply, because they think their partner “loves” them.  But in reality love, doesn’t hurt.  Love doesn’t abuse. Love doesn’t kill.   It’s great that this organisation aims at young people to help them learn and become proactive in taking steps to know, understand, and stop abuse before it starts. I’m happy to be a part of an optimistic organisation that is making such a positive impact.

Nomalizwe Byndon is one of our interns who has come over from the USA to gain some experience volunteering for a human rights organisation.  She’s spending a few months with us helping out and exploring different aspects of our work.

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