On May 25, Innocentia Riker and Elaine Himelfarb, program officers with MAZON, attended a “Women to Women Luncheon” hosted by a longtime grantee: The International Medical Corps (IMC). The event was a compelling gathering of over 200 amazing women commemorating IMC’s 25 years of relentless humanitarian relief work around the globe. IMC’s recent and ongoing work in Haiti was highlighted through the words of Jocelyn Jean-Baptiste a nurse living in Phoenix, originally from Haiti and working in the field. Her harrowing account reminded all of us how strong the human spirit is, but above all, how our collective strength can help rebuild Haiti no matter how devastating the February earthquake was. She also pointed out how IMC’s long-term efforts make a tremendous difference, not only in Haiti, but around the world as well. This kind of sustainable approach is what makes IMC so unique. In the wake of emergency response, International Medical Corps always lays the foundation for long-term recovery and self-reliance in countries where they are involved.
Nancy Aossey, IMC President & CEO, shared IMC’s extraordinary history and work over the past 25 years. She also commented on a growing and innovative segment of IMC’s work: mental health support and post-traumatic stress treatment—another unique aspect of IMC’s emergency work.
What a better way to ensure recovery and self-reliance than building up the mind and psychosocial support!