June 9, 2015 | Posted in 25 Years Celebrations, Humanitarian intervention, South Sudan | By

25 years has passed since IAS was established and 2015 is a year of celebration. In March 2015, IAS official celebration was held in Yei, South Sudan, a happy day that was celebrated by IAS staff and its partners.

The heat was overwhelming but the joy even greater. In a colourful ceremony the 25 Years celebration was held together with a number of activities. Musicians were performing and both IAS staff and its local partners held several speeches. One of them was Unicef , who has been a close partner to IAS since 15 years in Tchad, Somalia,, in Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan.

– On behalf of Unicef I want to congratulate IAS for reaching this remarkable milestone. IAS has been one of our closest old friends and is a reliable partner. We have enjoyed and are still enjoying working with IAS, said Rose Tawil, Unicef Juba, Wash Specialist.

New leadership taking on

Since beginning of this year Daniel Zetterlund has been taking on the new role as CEO, after IAS founder, Leif Zetterlund.

– The vision that inspired us 25 years ago is vibrant today. Now it´s time for us to take a step back and let the new young generation take over, Leif said in a speech.

He used a key as an illustration that he handed over to Daniel.

– This key will remind you about two things: to open doors and to close doors,. There are always situations where you must say no. But you should open doors that lead people to prosperity, to proper education and that gives people opportunities. We dreamed about transformed communities and we want to you to continue dreaming.

Daniel also held a speech where he highlighted that IAS, thanks to its founders, is resting on a solid foundation and that it will continue to move forward.

– There are three words that drove IAS in the beginning; Need, Injustice and that no one is responding to the call of the population. IAS was one of the first registered NGO:s in Yei and the first organisation here working with local staff. This foundational drive and the same commitment remains today and will continue to remain in the future.

Text: Rebecka Woods

Film: Håkan Björk

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