While the world gets “more organised”, with various institutions in place and advocating in various ways to promote living in harmony, the lives of humanitarian workers and those that they seek to serve seem to be increasingly endangered. In some of the places where IAS and other humanitarian agencies serve, it is almost a norm that workers are harassed in different ways on a daily basis.
IAS joins the world humanitarian community on this year’s World Humanitarian Day to remind the world that as we serve in the difficult areas and seek to alleviate suffering, some of which is man-made, as well as that caused by natural effects, we would like to serve without fearing for our own lives. It becomes sad when the resources that are intended to serve the suffering are either targeted and destroyed, or a significant amount has to be used just to ensure that the people safe. In some of the world’s environments where we fear for the lives of workers each day it is increasingly becoming expensive to just operate to deliver aid. We do not think this should be so!
The communities we serve are #NotaTarget (Photo: International Aid Services)
Our Teams are #NotaTarget (Photo: International Aid Services)
Despite these challenges, we continue to be thankful for our teams that have served with endurance is some of the hard-to-reach areas despite the challenges. When teams have been ambushed on the road and robbed, or attacked in the offices or their residence quarters, we have not given up and left the people that are facing unspeakable suffering.
On this day we join with others to declare that we are #NotaTarget as we serve! The communities that we serve are #NotaTarget! Our equipment or service vehicles are #NotaTarget! We join others to call for a cessation of attacks on humanitarian workers and civilians in whatever form.
// Milward Mwamvani (Humanitarian Coordinator)IAS staff meet regularly. Picture show country directors and program managers in Kenya last month.
IAS has ten program countries and each country has one local office or more. Despite the distance our staff come together regularly and this week are wehappy to welcome our 10 country directors to Sweden.
-This week we will come together for a time of strategic discussions and fellowship to inspire us to take IAS further in the years to come. It´s also a great opportunity to share experiences and difficulties faced on a daily basis. Since all of our staff work in areas of either conflicts or extreme poverty we want to encourage each other and equip one another for the time ahead, says Daniel Zetterlund, CEO IAS.
Local staff – core of our work
IAS has 350 employees in total and despite the distance between the countries IAS internal personnel management meet regularly. Currently IAS program countries are; Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia/Somaliland, Uganda, Tanzania. IAS always strives to recruit local staff to ensure that our work is as efficient and authentic as possible, says Daniel.
-We have realized that by doing this we have the local expertise to ensure that our help reaches those who need it most. We can also easily follow up on our projects and guarantee that our work is of high quality.
Text och foto: Rebecka Woods
From left: David, Conor and Leah have joined our Internship Program Steps for Life
November 4th, 2015, Sweden
Did you know IAS has an Internship Programme called Step for Life? Say hi to our new interns Leah, David and Conor to find out more about what you can do as an intern at IAS.
Leah, David and Conor are currently doing their master in International and Comparative Education at Stockholm University. They will contribute to IAS work during 3-5 months and they are all excited to gain expereince in the humanitarian field. IAS is collaborating with institutions such as Stockholm University and the Institute of International Education (IIE). If you are interested to join or have any further questions, send an e-mail to Andreas Zetterlund: email@example.com
Conor Diamond, intern at Programme Department
-I will be providing programme support to the Humanitarian Coordinator as well as Programme Managers in the field, across a range of humanitarian projects. I look forward to gaining a practical insight into the work of an international NGO, as well as using my experience to contribute to the valuable work IAS does across the development spectrum.
David Kunyu, intern at Finance Department
-I look forward to collaborate closely with the Finance department respectively programme department and hopefully my work will contribute towards an attainment of the vision and mission of IAS. I am very excited to be a part of the team here, and I am looking forward to learning, growing and contributing to IAS work however I can.
Leah Kellgren, intern at Policy and Quality Department
– I will be working closely with the Policy and Quality department, examining IAS internal policies as well as policy frameworks followed by other humanitarian organizations. I have always had a personal interest in working in international aid and development, and have been aiming towards a career in that field through my studies. I heard about the opportunity to join IAS and was intrigued by their projects in Inclusive Education and Community Development.
Text & photo: Rebecka Woods