Category: Voices from the Field

Two Inspiring Stories for World Refugee Day

Equipping Refugees by Liberating Human Potential

June 20, 2017

Since 2011, RMF has been inspiring hope in the young people of Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement and the host community, by offering skills training at our Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI). The program started, as suggested by the community, with training in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy and Tailoring and Garment Cutting, and has grown to offer two more courses: Carpentry and Joinery and Bricklaying and Concrete Practice. After completing the three-month training program, students take DIT examinations to be certified in their field of study. Many graduates have gone on to start successful businesses or join established companies...

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Noemi: Case Study

A Specific Financial Need in Peru

December 05, 2016
Magali M. de Pujalt


Hope Through Continued Treatment

View this story, as well as the report, on it’s original page.

7-year-old Noemí is youngest of four siblings, and was born on March 11, 2009 in San Clemente. At two days old, she was taken to the emergency room, where she was diagnosed with bronchial pneumonia and had to stay in an incubator for several days.

In 2011, when Noemí was 2 years old, she would try to stand up, but was not able to. Her legs had no strength or stability. Her parents (her father owned a shoe shop in San Clemente and...

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BBC World Service interviews RMF Nepal Program Coordinator, Barsha Dharel

Newsday Internet Interview

April 25, 2016

Click here to listen to the interview on the BBC News Website

BBC World Service interviewed RMF Nepal Program Program Coordinator, Barsha Dharel on April 24, 2016. Please follow the link above to listen to the interview. The Barsha Dharel interview, conducted by David Deng, starts around 46:20 mark. Below is a transcript of the interview.

David Deng: The devastating earthquake that shook Nepal last year has come and gone, but the aftershock is far from over. Twelve months on, the destruction that overtook the nation has left thousands desperate to find the means to survive whatever the circumstances. I’ve...

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Day of the African Child

Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement Celebration

June 29, 2015
Naku Charles Lwanga and Alphonse Mwanamwolho
Celebration of the Day of the African Child

We had a great day at the ‘Day of the African Child’ celebrations: Poem presentations from different schools within Kiryandongo Resettlement Camp, band marching, drama and cultural presentations, and art competitions. Please see the paintings and drawings below.

A joint banner was made by all partners who contributed to this day:

All the children were seated in different tents that we had procured, watching educational, drama and cultural presentations, and listening to speeches and poems from various invited presenters and guests:

Our children watching and listening attentively to the poems and performances...

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World Refugee Day

Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement Celebration

June 29, 2015
Naku Charles Lwanga and Alphonse Mwanamwolho
Celebration of World Refugee Day

The invited guests were the Minister for Disaster, the UNHCR Country Representative, the OPM Commissioner, all IP/OP Country Directors, and the Residential District Commissioner.

Every organization working at Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement was tasked to exhibit what they do; as RMF we exhibited vocational materials which included tailoring products, carpentry products, we staged a temporary salon at the compound where a function was taking place, and invited guests inclusive of the UNHCR Country Representative were extremely happy to see what the refugees can do. “Vocational Training is solely in the hands of RMF, not being...

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5 Years Since the Haiti Earthquake

Dr. Patrick Dupont Reflects

January 12, 2015

by Dr. Patrick Dupont

On the 5th anniversary of the 2010 earthquake which weakened already failing systems and institutions and amongst sensible but still insufficient efforts to rebuild its infrastructures, Haiti’s health care system is still failing as showed by the last health indicators.

Access to quality health care is very limited and very patchy as insufficient public health initiatives are further lessened by lack of resources amongst the rebuilding effort. In the current public health panorama, a few decentralised hospitals have risen with the help or through infrastructure funding from partnered organisations and countries but still remain to date...

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Pakistan: Polio Vaccine Campaign

Workers Are a Target for Extremist Violence

April 18, 2014
By Rubina Mumtaz, BDS, MPH, Country Director, Pakistan

Update: Just today the Pakistani army has agreed to provide security to those providing polio vaccinations following a series of attacks against individuals involved in the campaign. Full Story.

Polio Campaign
Pakistan is one of three countries (Nigeria and Afghanistan) in the world where Polio has yet to be eradicated. According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Pakistan stepped up its eradication efforts and numbers fell from 173 cases in 2011 to 58 in 2012. Unfortunately, with the advent of 2013, Pakistan became the most hazardous country in the world in terms of Polio where all persons involved in...

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Pakistan's Agra Health Project Closed

The Lives We Touched

April 17, 2014
By Rubina Mumtaz BDS, MPH, Country Director, Pakistan

In August 2013, three years after the fateful floods of 2010, District Charsadda was the last to be struck off the list of flood affected areas of KPK and the government announced that the road to recovery was at last present. The Pakistan People’s Health Initiative (PPHI), a semi-government body had signed an MOU with the KPK Health Department to adopt all the BHUs in the main districts of Charsadda, Nowshera and Swabi, effectively revitalizing the BHU in Union Council Agra. Given RMF’s mission to avoid duplicating services, the primary health care services in the Agra Health Project...

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Community Nutrition Educators Use Film Screenings to Improve Health Outcomes

March 25, 2014

The Steady Fight Against Malnutrition – RMF Community Nutrition Educators Work to Improve Health Outcomes by Michael Matheke-Fischer, Country Director, India

Convincing people to adopt healthier behaviors can be a difficult job. In Southwestern Madhya Pradesh, where RMF’s Community Nutrition Educators (CNEs) work in 600 villages across 5 districts everyday, targeted health education is crucial to combating malnutrition. For four years, each CNE has patiently worked in communities, identifying children and families in need of counseling, referring serious cases to treatment, and building crucial bonds with the community. Since 2010, our program has reached over 400,000 people with...

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Haiyan Aftermath:

More Photographs Tell the Story

December 28, 2013

Martina returned from the Philippines with wonderful stories about the resilience of the people and an urgency to get the hospital and livelihood projects moving. Here are a few photos from the second half of her journey.

Damaged power lines

Children in Medellin. When it starts getting dark there is no light in the streets or in the houses. The fire in the background is where people are burning debris, broken trees, etc. from Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in an effort to clean up.

Little girl in Medellin.

Along the way.

Mother and little girl.

Children and tricycle (auto rickshaw).

Street scene...

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