Healey International Relief Fund (HIRF) recently featured the ongoing Ebola response efforts of Ishmeal Alfred Charles (IDHA 40) and his team as they delivered donations in Sierra Leone. Charles’ spirit of optimism is captured well in his photo caption: “Sunshine on a cloudy day…”
We echo HIRF’s thanks to Charles for his hard work on the ground. Another great example of one of IIHA’s humanitarian heroes!
Pau Vidal, S.J. (IDHA 43) and Alvar Sanchez, S.J. (HNTC 8) are both currently working for the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) mission in Maban, South Sudan. As the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan worsens, humanitarian agencies are under increasing pressure to provide basic life saving services. However, in a country where education services are far from sufficient, extending learning opportunities to displaced persons must also be prioritized. Pau and Alvar were recently featured in a JRS video detailing the importance of educational programming in emergency contexts. Pau was also featured in another video about the importance of investing in education as a pathway to peace.
Timo Lüege (IDHA 21) of Social Media 4 Good recently posted two blog pieces: “10 Years After Katrina: Would Social Media Have Made a Difference?” and “When Disaster Strikes: Social Media Drives Self Recovery“. Focusing on the positive effects of social media in humanitarian work, Luege argues that social media can save lives as well as increase humanitarian response efforts by being able to connect to people in need of assistance in a personal way.
Ishmeal Alfred Charles (IDHA 40) of the Healey International Relief Foundation (HIRF) shares his insight about the situation in Sierra Leone now that the crisis has been managed and no new cases exist.
Fr. Paddy Moran (IDHA 12), an Irish Spiritan missionary who has been working in Ethiopia for eleven years, shared with us a recent project that took place in the prison of Arba Minch, a town 505 kilometers south of Addis Ababa. Rory Prout, the artist in residence at the Irish Embassy to Ethiopia, visited the prison in May 2015 and offered art classes to the prisoners for five days, during which he “guided and mentored his students, helping them to discover the artist within.” Following the project, Rory submitted a photo to be featured in a Human Rights exhibition called “Belonging.” The photo selected as a finalist in the competition (shown above) was taken during a life drawing class, in which Fr. Paddy volunteered to act as a model.
Joe Lowry (IDHA 12) recently wrote a blog post featuring his dissertation “The Media and Aid Organizations: An Unravelling Symbiosis?” in which he examines the relationship between aid organizations and the media through a series of interviews. The dissertation earned him a Masters in Journalism and Critical Public Relations from Leicester University.
Boukary Gambo (IDHA 44) was the spokesperson for World Vision International at World Humanitarian Day this August 19th in Niger. Following WHD 2015, Boukary posted this photo in his IDHA group with the caption “Proud to be IDHA 44.”