For three weeks this month, VPR reporter Steve Zind will report from Afghanistan, where he’ll be embedded with 1,500 members of the Vermont National Guard.Zind will be based at Bagram Airbase in Kabul, and will travel with the guard to rural outposts where Vermonters are stationed, providing a unique and local perspective on the war in Afghanistan. He’ll file stories and interviews from the field, capturing the sounds of the soldiers’ daily lives, and accompany them on patrols and training missions.He will also keep an online journal, where he’ll post photos and share thoughts and observations about his experience. He has also asked listeners to share the questions they would like answered about the mission, or suggestions for stories he should pursue.”VPR’s reports from Afghanistan will deepen our understanding of the role the Vermont National Guard is playing in this war,” said Vice President for News and Programming John Van Hoesen. “For the trusted information we all seek, there is no substitute for reporting from the ground.”Zind has covered the Vermont Guard for several years, including deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, returns to Vermont, as well as military funerals. In 2006, Zindtraveled to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, to talk with members of Task Force Saber as they returned from duty in Iraq. He has also been on several reporting trips to Iran,where he first visited in 2004 in search of family history. He returned to Iran as a reporter in 2005, 2006, and 2009.”Steve’s longtime reporting of the National Guard in Vermont and his experience in reporting from Iran over the last several years provide him with the background to provide VPR listeners with depth and perspective on the Vermont soldiers’ mission in Afghanistan,” Van Hoesen said.Source: VPR. 09.01.2010 – Colchester, Vt. –About Vermont Public RadioListener-supported Vermont Public Radio has been serving the people of Vermont and the surrounding region since 1977. As Vermont’s only statewide public radio network, VPR is a trusted and independent source for news, music, conversation and much more. For more information about VPR and VPR Classical, a list of frequencies and streaming audio from all of VPR’s services, visit www.vpr.net(link is external).
Since the GTCF was launched in a glamorous ceremony, in the Federal Capital Territory in 2014, it has amassed a string of hits and this weekend will see the upping of the ante, as the body draws a stellar cast of dignitaries in politics, business and sports sectors to an end of year rendezvous on the practice pitch of the Abuja National Stadium.Speaking to reporters, Okoku said the oral health screening will be conducted by a team of specialist doctors led by Dr. Seidu Bello, who is partnering GTCF to improve the quality of health for Internally Displaced Persons.According to Okoku, “these children are victims of the Boko Haram, the terrorist organization in the North-East of Nigeria. Dr. Bello is an oral surgeon based in Abuja. I recall that during the launch of GTCF, after his video presentation of the medical challenges faced by downtrodden, the late Stephen Keshi turned to Dr. Bello and said, “God bless you for providing free surgery to the less privileged in our society.”Okoku said that sports wears for the tournament were donated by three ex-internationals, Godwin Odiye, Chigozie Offor, Attorney and Dr. Femi Olukanni, adding that Odiye is one of the board members, alongside Gladys Dark.He thanked the House Committee on Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees, chaired by Hon. Muhammed Sani Zorro and Hon. Abbass Tajudeen for supporting the event. Mr. Okoku also expressed his gratitude to the team of volunteers who were on ground to make this humanitarian event a reality, Barrister Hammed Wasiu Adeyemi, Khalifa Labaran Mohammed, protocol officer, National House of Assembly, Mrs. Grace Jalekun, a retired school administrator and Barrister David Fatunmbi.Okoku noted that former Eagles stars, comprising Henry Nwosu, Tijani Babangida, Etim Esin, Dahiru Sadi, Edema Fuludu, Baba Otu Mohammed, Yisa Shofoluwe, Taju Disu, and veteran Nollywood movie actor, Jide Alabi, will be available to give pet talks to the kids. The final of the football tournament is on Saturday, December 3.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The charity train of the Greater Tomorrow Children’s Fund (GTCF) hits Abuja tomorrow for a two-day celebration with kids of the Internally Displaced Persons Camp, with the organisation of a football tournament and free oral health screening.After the successes attained at its last two events in Jos and Ogume in Delta State, where kids were treated to a once in a lifetime experience, which the kids are still savoring, the foundation run by AFCON 1984 silver medal winner, Paul Okoku, has concluded preparations for the mother of all events, sanctioned by the National House of Assembly Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camps.