Monthly Archives: January 2015

Alumni Update: Juan Duran (IIHA Intern, 2011-2012)

Juan Duran (IIHA Intern, 2011-2012), a Fordham graduate, Fulbright scholar, and Weill Cornell medical student, was featured in an article describing the success and achievements of first-generation college students at Fordham University. Read the article here 

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Alumni Update: Andy McElroy (IDHA 16)

Andy McElroy (IDHA 16) was co-author of two recent articles that recall the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake that struck Kobe, Japan in 1995. The first article describes a special memorial service commemorate the 20th anniversary of the earthquake and mentions the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction which will take place in Sendai, Japan, from March 14-18, 2015. The second article further explores the lessons learned from Kobe and how these will shape the issues discussed at the conference.

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Alumni Update: Ishmeal Alfred Charles (IDHA 40)

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A recent DEVEX article about Ishmeal Alfred Charles (IDHA 40) describes his life and journey from child soldier in Sierra Leone to his current post managing the Healey International Relief Foundation’s work in Sierra Leone with Caritas Freetown. In the article, Charles reveals some of the struggles he faced throughout his journey, and emphasizes the importance of giving child victims a voice. Read the full article here

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Alumni Update: Rahul Singh (IDHA 40, MIHA)

Rahul Singh (IDHA 40, MIHA) is Director of GlobalMedic, a disaster relief organization based out of Canada. GlobalMedic is running numerous relief operations around the world in response to: Iraq’s IDP crisis (watch a video of the project here), Cyclone Hudhud in India, the Kashmir Floods, the Ebola Crisis, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (watch their efforts to provide shelter here). GlobalMedic is also currently mapping out areas in Dolores and Oras in the Philippines at the request of UNOCHA and local government officials using an innovative Canadian made technology which will help to facilitate the efficient flow of aid by highlighting landslides, blocked roads, flooded areas, etc. Soon the mission will switch to gather comprehensive assessment data of damaged shelters. All of this information is being shared with local government, UNOCHA and responding agencies. Other members from GlobalMedic’s Rapid Response Team are distributing water purification tablets, hygiene kits, and undertaking rapid needs assessments.

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