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Candler’s 2011 IRD Interns

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For the third consecutive year, Candler School of Theology has received a grant from International Relief and Development, Inc. (IRD) to send student interns to IRD service sites in several international locations this summer. Three Candler students and five students from Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health will be assessing a broad range of issues, including democracy and governance, HIV/AIDS, child poverty and mortality, and community development.

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Colombia
Jonathan Navas, 2nd year MDiv student
Lisandro Torre, Rollins School of Public Health student

Since October 2008, IRD has provided direct humanitarian assistance, including food, safe drinking water, and household and hygiene supplies, to internally displaced persons (IDPs), who are the families of those killed or missing in the civil conflict with the drug regimes in Colombia. Jonathan and Lisandro are supporting the closing baseline survey for the past three years of this IRD humanitarian program.

Laos
Peggy Jean Craig, 3rd year MDiv student
Heather Reese, Rollins School of Public Health student

IRD Laos is currently implementing a Food for Education project and a Vision Screening project for children. Peggy Jean and Heather are developing project proposals in health (water and sanitation, maternal and child health, nutrition) and/or education, which involves basic community assessments, writing concept papers, and contacting potential donors. In addition, they will assist in the development of photo essays or video documentaries featuring project information and impact stories to share with the IRD audience.

Mozambique
Marques Harvey, 2nd year MDiv student
Lindsey Haeger, Rollins School of Public Health student

Marques and Lindsey are contributing to a baseline survey for the upcoming intervention on Malaria, which will be administered under the Global Fund for HIV, TB and Malaria. They also will visit target communities in the Inhambane and Sofala provinces of Mozambique and document stories about the impact Malaria has on these persons, the local economies, and the community.

Zimbabwe
Patrick Gallagher, Rollins School of Public Health student
Chantalle Okondo, Rollins School of Public Health student

In Zimbabwe, IRD implements the USAID-funded Restoring Livelihoods – Strengthening Value Chains (REVALUE) program. The primary focus of the REVALUE program is to increase incomes of 8,550 small holder farmers by developing commercially viable commodity value chains for groundnuts, sesame, sugar beans and paprika. The REVALUE program is currently being transitioned to the Zimbabwe Agricultural Incomes and Employment Development (Zim-AIED) program, under which IRD will continue the support to partnering farmers and will facilitate the access to credit for agri-businesses. Patrick and Chantalleare assessing the impact of income generated through the REVALUE and Zim-AIED programs to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs).

Candler’s 2010 IRD Interns

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Candler School of Theology has received a grant from International Relief and Development, Inc. (IRD) to send eight student interns to IRD service sites in Cambodia, Mozambique, Sudan, Arlington,  VA, and Gulfport, MS, this summer. Six Candler students and two students from Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health will be assessing a broad range of issues, including democracy and governance, HIV/AIDS, child poverty and mortality, and community development. This is the second consecutive year Candler has received a summer intern grant from IRD.

Cambodia
Laura Brekke, 2nd year MDiv student
Sara LaDew, 2nd year MTS student

Laura and Sara are conducting community assessments regarding the effectiveness of community-based nutrition programs that IRD operates in Cambodia. They are developing reports on the implementation of community development strategies and presenting their findings at a workshop for IRD staff and local community officials.

Mozambique
Joshua Long, 2nd year MDiv student
Lisa Schmidt, Rollins School of Public Health student

Josh and Lisa are working to develop a home-based care service for orphans and vulnerable children in Mozambique. In addition, they will create a three-minute film that documents IRD’s efforts in Mozambique for the organization’s website. The goal of the film is to offer a varied perspective of IRD’s work in the country.

Sudan
Robert Greathouse, Rollins School of Public Health student
Quentin Samuels, 3rd year MDiv student

Robert and Quentin are working to assist IRD in developing infrastructure in Sudan by creating reports and strategies that will increase donor support of IRD. They are also analyzing IRD’s successes and failures in order to make recommendations to IRD on how best to improve infrastructure and programming so as to best serve the region.

Arlington, VA
Marissa Jefferson, 2nd year MDiv student

Marissa is participating in IRD’s Democracy, Governance, and Community Development program. This program provides support for IRD efforts across the globe, including financing, donor support, and publication materials. While in Arlington, Marissa is collecting success stories from various IRD programs and compiling them into print and media presentations. She is also organizing weekly team meetings and working to achieve and maintain program development goals.

Gulfport, MS
Trent Lloyd, 2nd year MDiv student

Trent is compiling reports on IRD’s community development programs in Gulfport, specifically those that include vocational training. He is also assisting in the transition from paper to online registration for project participants. His review of the IRD technical assistance program will be presented to IRD staff for review.

Candler Students Work Globally for IRD

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Candler received a grant from International Relief and Development, Inc. to send seven student interns to service sites in the Republic of Georgia, Mozambique, Indonesia, and IRD headquarters in Washington, D.C. this summer. Six Candler students and one student from Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health will be assessing a broad range of issues, including democracy and governance, HIV/AIDS, and community development.

Republic of Georgia
Clare Gibert, 2nd year MDiv student
Jason Kuder, 2nd year MDiv student

Clare and Jason are conducting community assessments regarding democracy and governance, workforce development/vocational education, and refugee conditions and accommodation.

Indonesia
Kerr Ramsay, 3rd year MDiv student
Gretchen Van Ess, 3rd year MDiv student

Kerr and Gretchen are working on community mapping, needs assessment in the areas of local governance and health, and conflict resolution through the IRD’s SERASI program.

Mozambique
Aquarius Gilmer, 2nd year MDiv student
Maria Presley, 2nd year MDiv student

Aquarius and Maria are working in the area of HIV/AIDS, studying different developmental stages of community-based organizations (CBOs) that are implementing home-based care activities in the Inhambane province of Mozambique.