”Föräldrarna skämdes över att ha ett barn med en funktionsnedsättning. Därför hölls
de instängda i sina hem. Vissa av dem var till och med inlåsta eller fastkedjade, eftersom de ansågs vara besvärliga för omgivningen”, berättar Eshetu Tilahun, som arbetar för oss i Etiopien.
Vi befinner oss i staden Hawassa, där Läkarmissionen/IAS via vårt etiopiska kontor sedan drygt fem år tillbaka ger barn med olika former av funktionsnedsättning en anpassad skolgång, som i många fall leder till att de så småningom kan flyttas över till vanliga skolor.
Det är länge sedan jag blev lika imponerad.
Målet är att ge barnen möjlighet till utbildning och personlig utveckling. Och att förändra det lokala samhällets attityder kring personer med funktionsnedsättning. Hur har det då gått? Jo, idag finns det femton olika grundskolor i Hawassa där det går funktionsnedsatta barn i vanliga klasser!
Alla funktionsnedsatta kan inte flyttas över till den vanliga skolan, men all undervisning och terapi bedrivs på två center som ligger i direkt anslutning till vanliga låg- och mellanstadieskolor. Det har haft stor betydelse.
”Samarbetet fungerar utmärkt och det har skett en stor utveckling. För varje år tar vi emot allt fler elever med olika typer av funktionsnedsättning”, säger Dereje Kidane, som är rektor på en av dessa låg- och mellanstadieskolor. ”Jag är faktiskt överraskad. Hade inte trott att det skulle gå så bra. När en klass får sin första elev med en funktionsnedsättning kan det komma lite klagomål, men efter en kort tid tystnar kritiken” konstaterar Dereje Kidane.
Oavsett om jag frågar föräldrar, lärare eller barnen själva: alla vittnar om väldigt positiva förändringar – på alla plan. Ta 15-åriga Masrote, som kom till centret när det var nystartat. För två år sedan kunde hon börja i den vanliga skolan och nu har hon precis blivit uppflyttad till årskurs tre. Hennes mamma Workenesh säljer grönsaker på en marknad.
”Jag höll henne inlåst hemma, för annars blev hon slagen av de andra barnen. Nu går hon själv till skolan och sedan hem eller hit, för att hjälpa mig. Folk brukade håna oss och förr skämdes jag för hennes skull. Nu är jag så stolt och lycklig över min dotter!”
Stärkta av denna framgång vill vi starta samma typ av arbete på fler ställen. För det finns många funktionsnedsatta barn och deras familjer som väntar på hjälp.
Tack för att du är med och gör detta verkligt!
Med vänlig hälsning
Läkarmissionen / International Aid Services
Läkarmissionen and IAS/Sweden are planning a merger in order to enhance capacity and equip the two organisations for the future. – A fantastic opportunity to provide support and assistance to even more people in vulnerable contexts, says Johan Lilja, CEO of Läkarmissionen.
Läkarmissionen and International Aid Services (IAS) / Sweden have cooperated since 1994, mainly in regards to various water- and sanitation projects. The cooperation has increased during the years and in 2016 the two organisations signed an agreement aiming at deepening the cooperation. With the planned merger they are taking it one step further.
– With a strengthened administrative capacity we are able to focus even more on our role as a global humanitarian actor, says Daniel Zetterlund, CEO of IAS/Sweden.
The two organisations are merging in order to create synergies and enhance aid efficiency, sustainability and relevance. The two operations complement each other well. Together IAS/Sweden and Läkarmissionen will become stronger and can assist more people in vulnerable contexts.
– For Läkarmissionen the merger is fully in line with the ambition to increase our field presence. It will also enable a growth in institutional funding adding value to our existing funding portfolio, says Johan Lilja, CEO of Läkarmissionen.
The merger will formally mean that IAS/Sweden, with retained identity, will be incorporated in Läkarmissionen. Läkarmissionen will enhance IAS/Sweden operations with a well-established administrative capacity, strong own financing and competence within development aid. IAS/Sweden will contribute with a strong implementing capacity in the field and a wide network of international donors and stakeholders.
Both Johan Lilja and Daniel Zetterlund are grateful for the support they have received from their respective Board and Management throughout this process. The aim is that the formal incorporation will take place during the summer of 2018 after which it will be one organisation.
The new operation will have a turnover of more than 200 MSEK and more than 350 employees of which approximately 90% are locally employed in the field.
For more information, please contact:
Johan Lilja, CEO, Läkarmissionen – Tel +46-70-6288161
Daniel Zetterlund, CEO, International Aid Services / Sweden – Tel +46-70-7777378
Bo Guldstrand, President, Läkarmissionen
Johan Sigge, Board Chair, International Aid Services / Sweden
Under vasaloppsveckan 2018 genomförde IK Livsnerven ett antal skidlopp där skidåkarna uppmärksammade IAS projektet “The Peepoo School Program”. Projektet går ut på att ge barn tillgång till toaletter i slumorådet Kibera i Nairobi. Stort tack till alla som varit med och bidragit till projektet!
Mer information finns på www.peepoople.com
Today we are pleased to announce a facelift of the IAS logo and brand. We believe the changes are timely, appropriate and will enhance the communication of the IAS brand globally.
Our current logo and brand has been in use since 2004. This was a dramatic change from the original logo and brand which had been in use since the establishment of IAS in 1989. The change of logo and brand at the time coincided with the name change from International Aid Sweden to International Aid Services; encompassing the global nature of IAS following the additions of several entities joining the IAS International Association. In November 2015 IAS changed its governance structure to become an International Alliance with IAS Sweden, IAS Denmark, IAS Germany and IAS USA as the legacy members. IAS Sweden was formally mandated to act as Head Office for the Alliance. In 2016 IAS also adopted a new global organizational strategy – Fit for Purpose: A strategy for sustained growth, 2016-2020.
The facelift of the IAS brand and logo presented today is a result of deliberations between IAS Alliance Members and an important step in propelling our strategy and vision.
The main differences from the previous logo and brand are a mother logo with the abbreviation IAS more clearly marked as well as a more distinct shield. Recognizing the need to be able to communicate the diversity of the IAS brand we have also introduced four different denominations – separate communicative brands with different names and colour codes but still clearly attached to the IAS brand. Finally, we have introduced a gravatar option for all the logos to be used in primarily social media platforms.
Kindly refer to the ‘IAS Brand White Paper’ for more detailed information. A new facelift of IAS website and media outlets will follow shortly
International Aid Services (IAS) is an International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) abiding by Christian values. Founded in 1989 with the purpose of assisting conflict affected populations in South Sudan we now run programs in over 10 countries in primarily Horn of Africa /Eastern Africa supported by 4 offices in Europe and the United States. The Alliance Head Office is located in Stockholm, Sweden.
We see ourselves as catalysts for development. Investing in people in order for them realize their full potential – going beyond relief and development.
Vi är glada och stolta över att presentera Daniel Zetterlund som IAS International’s nya VD!
Daniel kommer att axla rollen efter IAS grundare Leif Zetterlund från och med januari 2015.
– Daniels ledaregenskaper gör honom till en utmärkt kandidat och vi är väldigt glada över att han tackat ja till positionen, säger Douglas Mann, ordförande IAS styrelse.
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In 2012, the Executive Board of International Aid Services (IAS) began the undertaking of a leadership search and transition plan for the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) within the organizational structure of IAS. In February of 2014, after having evaluated numerous qualified candidates for the position of CEO, the Executive Board of IAS unanimously agreed that Daniel Zetterlund was to be offered the role of CEO for International Aid Services beginning January 1, 2015. The recommendation by the Executive Board was approved by the IAS General Assembly held in May of 2014.
As of May 24, 2014, Daniel Zetterlund has assumed the transitional duties of IAS Deputy CEO until the end of the year when he will accept the position of CEO for IAS beginning January 1, 2015. Daniel’s international management credentials and proven leadership skills have made him the perfect candidate for this position, and IAS is fortunate that Daniel has agreed to take on this new challenge of moving IAS forward in its organizational mission and vision.
The current CEO of IAS, Leif Zetterlund, after January 1, 2015, will transition into other leadership roles within IAS. IAS is excited to announce these new changes, and the organization wishes to extend our utmost appreciation and gratitude for the stewardship and leadership exercised by Leif Zetterlund during the twenty-five years of the organization’s existence. A solid foundation has been laid, and we look forward to continuing to build on that groundwork and expand our organizational capacity under the new leadership of Daniel Zetterlund.
Chairman, IAS Executive Board
President, IAS America
The international relief- and development agency, International Aid Services (IAS), is overjoyed to announce that three of its staff members who were kidnapped in Somalia over 22 months ago have been released and are safe and well.
On 11th July 2012 at approximately 5:30 p.m. an IAS team was attacked by an armed group of people near Galcayo, in Puntland, Somalia. The team was travelling in two vehicles including an escort car with three armed Puntland Police Officers who bravely defended the IAS staff but were overpowered by a much larger group of attackers. All of the police officers recovered from injuries sustained during the attack, as did one IAS employee who was injured but not kidnapped.
This abduction of Janet Muthoni Kanga, Martin Mutisya Kioko and Abdinoor Dabaso Boru has been condemned by both the Kenyan and Puntland Governments, as well as by a number of religious leaders of many faiths.
IAS immediately formed a Crisis Management Team that has worked since the day of the kidnapping to find a resolution to this event. A number of organizations and people, both public and private, also provided invaluable assistance to IAS during this 22 month crisis. For security reasons, IAS cannot name these organizations and people – but they know who they are and we are immensely grateful for their assistance.
IAS also wants to extend its deepest thanks to the families of these three hostages. Despite their overwhelming desire to do almost anything to get their family members back, they extended their trust to the IAS Crisis Management Team, supported that team and even provided invaluable information to that team that was very helpful in finalizing the arrangements for the release of these hostages.
The hostages were released by their kidnappers near the city of Galcayo today on 5th June 2014. With the assistance of the United Nations and the Galmudug Government, the hostages were taken to a safe location until they will be flown back to Nairobi and reunited with their families and friends, and debriefed. Although all will undergo routine medical screenings, we believe that they are uninjured and under the circumstances, in reasonably good health. During the period of their captivity, the IAS Crisis Management Team was able to speak to the hostages on a number of occasions, and was able to arrange the delivery of supplies from time to time.
The IAS Crisis Management Team conducted discussions with many persons claiming to be holding these hostages during this 22 month ordeal. In most cases, callers were quickly identified as frauds and dismissed. Extended discussions with the actual kidnappers resulted in the release of the hostages reported today. The kidnappers claimed to be Somali pirates and IAS developed no information to discredit that claim.
IAS staff, alongside colleagues with other international NGOs, continue to work in Somali, Puntland and other dangerous locations around the world. We remain concerned about the increase of attacks on humanitarian workers, not only in Somalia, but also in the broader region where IAS operates. We are committed to take necessary steps to mitigate risks for our own staff and to also engage in the wider discussion on ensuring staff safety in vulnerable and hostile environments.
It is too early in the reintegration/recovery process for Janet, Martin and Abdinoor to speak to the news media. We kindly ask you to respect their privacy. IAS will, at this stage, have no further comments on the circumstances surrounding this issue.
Nairobi, June 5, 2014
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On May 25th Sweden celebrate mother’s day and this year you can give a gift that last longer than flowers and chocolate! In Uganda many women are forced to produce alcohol to be able provide for their families. The production comes with many negative effects including violence and sexual abuse against women. For only 200 SEK you can help a women start up her own businesses.
– Many men are having severe alcohol problems, spending mostly of their salary to buy alcohol. As a result many women and children are lacking food and basic needs are being neglected. It is also a major catalyst for sexually abuse of women and child neglect, says Juliet Namukasa, country director IAS Uganda.
IAS recognized the problem and started AAA: Action against Alcohol, a project aiming to reduce the consumption of alcohol through reducing the alcohol production. Instead of producing alcohol IAS are providing other ways of income for women.
Women get access to start up packages
– We have carried out sensitization campaigns on the dangers of alcohol. We have also formed groups where these women access credit to start businesses as an alternative source of income. The women have been given a financial start up package to facilitate the beginning of their businesses, says Juliet.
Some examples are producing and selling fruits and vegetables, chicken farming and handicraft courses for making baskets.
Many men stopped drinking
The project started in July 2012 and are covering 1 400 households, including 8 400 people. IAS has received many testimonies of both men and women who have stopped drinking and many women are involved in alternative income generating activities.
One of them is Acen Nighty who is a former brewer but today she is selling cooking oil and paraffin locally in her village.
– I stopped brewing alcohol since I realized it has so many negative effects and I did´nt earn enough money to pay my children to go to school. Today my business is growing, slowly but steadily!
200 SEK will rescue a women out of alcohol production
By giving 200 SEK you can be a part of helping women out of the negative spiral of alcohol production and giving them a new course in life. You can easily donate 100, 150 or 200 SEK through your mobile: (only avaliable in Sweden).
Write: IAS morsdag100 and send to 72550 to donate 100 SEK
Write: IAS morsdag150 and send to 72550 to donate 150 SEK
Write: IAS morsdag200 and send to 72550 to donate 200 SEK
Make sure there is a space between IAS and morsdagxxx
Give to our 90-konto
You can also give a gift to our 90-konto: 90 00 42 – 3. Name the gift: “Mors dag”
From international countries:
Name: International Aid Services
Bank: Nordea Bank Sweden
IBAN No: SE85 3000 0000 0395 9770 0387
Swift Code: NDEASESS