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Program Officer Kasia Laskowski to Leave IIHA in Early November

2016-07-01-11-27-08-1This month’s issue of The Humanitarian Newsletter marks the last one under the steady and loving hand of Kasia Laskowski (IDHA 40), who is leaving the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs in early November.
Kasia began her career with the IIHA as part of the international team, working, under the direction of Larry Hollingworth, on our humanitarian training programs held throughout the world. Needing new challenges, although not so secretly mourning her life on the road, she returned to New York to oversee social media and alumni relations for the IIHA and the CIHC. fullsizerenderShe was, when I met her, six years ago, as is she is now – careful, compassionate, humble, flexible, imaginative, and almost ruthlessly efficient – a perfectionist at her work, an old soul providing wise counsel, spiritual direction, and, to many of the IDHA diaspora, even a couch to sleep on in her New York City apartment. Hundreds of students, lecturers and interns will remember her exacting standards, her energy and her sensitivity to all.
We constantly speak about family in the IDHA and in our graduate and undergraduate courses and there is no better example of this than Kasia. img_7057Our Institute grew with her as an integral part of the team and it will grow further because of the hard work she put in to making it central to Fordham’s mission, sharing its news, and the news of so many other academic programs throughout the world. Possessing an almost perfect laugh, the kind of laugh that changes the atmosphere in a room, she will be missed by so many, not least by me. I always knew this day would come, but it makes it no less easy as it approaches.
On behalf of everyone at the IIHA, I wish Kasia fair skies and following seas and look forward to working with her in the next stage of her career.
Brendan Cahill (IDHA 9)
Executive Director, IIHA

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Alumni Update: Rahul Singh (IDHA 40)

Rahul Singh (IDHA 40)GlobalMedic  Founder and Executive Director,  provided an update to Global News about his organization’s active response in Haiti , and the need for increased aid in the country.

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Alumni Update: Daniela Traldi (IDHA 40)

As the Olympics once again claimed its summer presence in media outlets across the globe, Daniela Traldi (IDHA 40) authored two articles for the BBC about the prevailing spirit of the Olympics amidst a challenging time for its host country, Brazil, and the strong bond among women athletes as seen through the social media accounts of star athletes.

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Alumni Update: Moussa Camara (IDHA 40)

thumb_galaxy-note-4-429_1024Moussa Camara (IDHA 40) recently accepted a position as a Child Protection Team Leader for the Multidimensional Integrated 
Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) after receiving his Masters Degree in Peace Building and Conflict Resolution from Kampala International University. A Guinean by nationality, Moussa has over 15 years of humanitarian experience, 12 of which he spent working with children in different contexts (emergencies, conflict, and post-conflict). Prior to his post with MINUSCA, Moussa worked with the American Refugee Committee (ARC) in Guinea, Save the Children in Guinea, Liberia, Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo, War Child Canada in Haiti, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Liberia, UNICEF in Tunisia/ Libya and most recently with United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as Child Protection Team Leader for Upper Nile State, where he held the position for almost four years. In his new position, Moussa will be based in Bria, Eastern Sector in the Central African Republic.   

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Humanitarian Newsletter: May 12, 2016

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Read the IIHA Humanitarian Newsletter featuring a Humanitarian Spotlight on “Ecuador Earthquake Response: IDHA Alumni Working Together in the Field;” news about the recent work of IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow Alexander van Tulleken, M.D.; and a wide array of alumni updates, humanitarian events and job opportunities! This edition also features news of CIHC Board Member Lady Helen Hamlyn’s recent visit to Fordham University, World Humanitarian Summit Updates, and the always interesting Humanitarian Innovation Corner of High Tech Humanitarians!

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Ecuador Earthquake Response: IDHA Alumni Working Together in the Field

IDHA 40 Graduates Wilson Gomez Vascones (left) and Rahul Singh (right) stand with Colónel Rueda

IDHA 40 Graduates Wilson Gomez Vascones (left) and Rahul Singh (right) stand with Colónel Rueda

Guayaquil, Ecuador (Wilson Gomez Vascones) – On Saturday April 16th at 6:58 PM, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador; many local efforts started immediately, and in the days to follow, many governments and international organizations began arriving with different types of assistance. The organization that I coordinate here in Guayaquil, Red de Voluntariado Juvenil (“Youth Volunteering Network”), started planning how to best assist with food, shelter management, and also medical assistance in the sectors.

unnamed4Within the first few days of the Earthquake response, Rahul Singh, Executive Director of GlobalMedic and the International Rapid Response Team from Canada, contacted me to offer support and assistance right away. Rahul and I had met during the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) Training Course in June 2013, and have since collaborated on building local capacity here in Ecuador. Rahul and I agreed that his team would arrive by Monday night while I worked on securing the necessary permission to operate on ground zero.

The experience that Rahul brought with him – experience gained through his assistance and support of various agencies in disasters and humanitarian emergencies – was invaluable. 13170044_10156821476380307_502367304_oWe visited every coordination table to assist with different relief operations and in addition to experience and knowledge, GlobalMedic assisted Ecuador in its Earthquake relief efforts by providing: the R4 incorporated finders team who, in coordination of Durán Fire Department, worked the whole week on Search and Rescue tasks confirming there were no longer victims under the rubble; AR10 units that produce 2400 liters/hour of potable water, AR3 units which are several trekkers that purify water by 240 liters/hour, and1,000 buckets of fresh rain that produce 3 liters/hour and work best for families; and several thousands of aquatabs.  GlobalMedic also provided a specialty group of drone pilots that flew over the affected areas mapping the areas and allowing for real time information and data to ensure the best resources for decision makers. This effort was done in coordination with the Secretariat of Disaster Risk Reduction (SGR) who requested the areas be mapped, and with the Ecuadorian Air Force that cleared the requested areas so the drones could fly without risks.

The Red de Voluntariado Juvenil continued the programs that were running while providing essential unnamed3logistics and coordination support to GlobalMedic. Now we have around 300 volunteers in the affected areas obtaining information for the next part of the interventions which will be to build houses with partner organizations such as Techo and Hogar de Cristo. The partner organizations also invited Fronteras, a Jesuit spirituality community that looks to serve the people in need where needed the most, to share their knowledge on accompaniment in order to serve better.

unnamedIt has being a great experience to work together with Rahul as IDHA alumni, and all the knowledge gained and shared during the IDHA back in 2013 has assisted us greatly in our work. We look forward to more opportunities to collaborate and we continue to build more great relationships with every course we take through the IIHA.

unspecifiedWilson Gomez Vascones is Coordinator of the youth volunteering network, Red de Voluntariado Juvenil, based in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He is also part of the volunteers at Guayaquil fire department (which has been run by volunteers for 181 years). He is a graduate of IDHA 40.

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Alumni Update: Ishmeal Alfred Charles (IDHA 40)

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Ishmeal Alfred Charles (IDHA 40) issued his monthly report for March 2016 as Sierra Leone In-Country Director for the Healy International Relief Foundation (HIRF). His report details how the recent international women’s day was celebrated in Sierra Leone.

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Alumni Update: Ishmeal Alfred Charles (IDHA 40)

Ishmeal Alfred Charles (IDHA 40)HIRF In-Country Director, recently shared his February 2016 report on Sierra Leone, which details the health sector of Sierra Leone in their post-emergency status, and the places where improvement is still necessary.

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Healing Ebola

What happens when a global health crisis leaves the Western media spotlight?

Fordham University recently published the article, “Healing Ebola,” which features the insight and experience of Alexander van Tulleken, M.D. (IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow, IDHA 16), Melissa Labonte, Ph.D. (Fordham University Political Science Associate Professor, IDHA Lecturer)Ellie Frazier (IIHA Adjunct Faculty), Laura Sida (IDHA 36, MIHA), and Elin Gursky (IDHA 40).

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Alumni Update: Ishmeal Alfred Charles (IDHA 40)

Healey Internation90al 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!

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