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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).