… How Volunteers Make an International Newsletter
One editorial office, six offices in Asia, Africa, America and Europe and many, many reporters on all five continents – these are the details that are good for an advertising folder. Although the newsletter of the lay groups of the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) does not need advertising, the SVDLP-Newsletter is definitely worth a report during #himmelsleuchten – not least because an editorial desk is located in Düsseldorf.
Everything started small even if the goal was big: the SVD lay groups (SVDLP) should get to know each other better and learn more about their work and initiatives. Three people were responsible for the first newsletter starting in 2016. This meant a lot of work on few shoulders as the newsletter is bilingual (English, Spanish).
The work grew quickly and so did their own aspirations. Therefore a six-member editorial team was built in 2018. The editorial team is: Editor-in-Chief Susan Noronha (India), Matilda Anim-Fofie (Ghana), Laura Inés Díez Bilbao (Spain), Giannini Sahagun Becerra (Mexico), Fabian Pagaduan (The Philippines) and Sophie Wego (Germany). The teamwork is easy for everyone because they know each other personally since an international workshop of the SVD laypartners in Italian Nemi in autumn 2017.
Until the newsletter can be published numerous e-mails must be written and arrangements made, reports submitted and translated, photos searched and found. In order for volunteer work to work well everyone has to stick to deadlines and pull together. „The teamwork is very enriching“, says editor-in-chief Susan Noronha and emphasizes: „It is the joint effort of the group to work together as a team for the common cause and mission“.
Oh yes, and in Düsseldorf the newsletters are compiled from the many editorial contributions.