One project at a time, they’re helping the communities where they live and work recover from and become more resilient to disasters. Meet the 2018 Disaster Feedback Fellows of the Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving.
In Mexico, Paloma Bonfil wants to create a space for women’s voices in disaster recovery.
In Nepal, Rudra Bahadur Neupane wants communities outside the Kathmandu Valley to be prepared for another high-magnitude earthquake.
In Texas, Tiffany Stafford wants everyone to understand that it will take years for some families to recover from Hurricane Harvey.
These 10 fellows from community-based nonprofits spent one week in Washington, D.C., in early October learning from each other, promoting their disaster recovery projects to peers and funders, and speaking at and attending the 2018 Feedback Summit.
The Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving funded the fellowship to foster collaboration and community feedback in disaster recovery projects around the world.
“There is no more crucial time to foster this exchange than now, as disasters are increasing in frequency and severity around the world,” said Britt Lake, GlobalGiving’s Chief Program Officer and the Director of the Disaster Recovery Network.
The Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving is pioneering a model of effective, community-led relief and recovery through locally focused grants, information exchange, and training programs.
During the Feedback Summit, fellows shared the innovative ways they collect feedback from the people they serve and learned new ways to integrate feedback into their everyday work.
“Once you talk to people, you listen to people, you can actually design a better program, which has a bigger impact. Through all these processes, you make them a part of your journey so they have the ownership,” said Korvi Rakshand, a 2018 Disaster Feedback Fellow and the Founder of the JAAGO Foundation in Bangladesh.
Fellows described their experiences at the summit and their training at GlobalGiving, which included sessions in data management and marketing, as enriching.
“I am very greatly honored to be chosen as one of the fellows. I’ve learned so much, especially about interventions other NGOs use,” said Cora Sayre, Co-Founder of Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation (WAND).
Tiffany of Target Hunger added: “The GlobalGiving Disaster Feedback Fellowship and Feedback Labs Summit were life changing: Personally and professionally. I am filled with gratitude.”
Paloma Bonfil | Fondos Semillas| Mexico
Imani Daniel | St. Thomas Recovery Team | St. Thomas
Ana Yris Guzmán | Nuestra Escuela | Puerto Rico
Isadora Hastings | Cooperación Comunitaria | Mexico
Shondra Muhammad | S.H.A.P.E. Community Center | Texas
Rudra Bahadur Neupane | PHASE Worldwide | Nepal
Yotam Polizer | IsraAID | Global
Korvi Rakshand | JAAGO Foundation | Bangladesh
Cora Sayre | WAND| Philippines
Tiffany Stafford | Target Hunger | Texas
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