humanitarian aid

1) Medair: Recruiting to Fill Vacancies in Global Humanitarian Effort

Medair is a humanitarian organization inspired by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. They bring relief and recovery to people in crisis, regardless of race, creed or nationality. To join the Medair family, please refer to

 

jobs.medair.org/homepage/medair-vacancies/

 

to view their current vacancies. Before you apply, they ask that you please ensure you are fully aware of the Medair organizational values.

 

8) Have you Ever Experienced “Compassion Fatigue?”

We’ve recently enjoyed the services of a great volunteer named David, who is helping some of our workers in stress. He was telling me the other day about a concept he’s been considering. He called it “Compassion Fatigue.” He described it as “a kind of exhaustion and numbness at times to the needs of the people being served.” He went on to explain that mental health professionals have observed that this syndrome can develop “when we give more of our hearts than we are able to replenish.” This results in grumpiness, being short-tempered, withdrawing socially, overeating and looking for excuses to avoid the necessary tasks of job and volunteer activities.” In fact, David added that it can affect one’s spiritual walk as well. What’s the solution? Often, a brief spiritual “strategic withdrawal.” He said, “In my brain, I see the projects that are undone and especially those on which I am kicking against a deadline. In my spirit, I know that my ability to complete those projects will be enhanced by taking some time to be replenished. In the physical, I want to be alone to work. In the spiritual, God is telling me to surround myself with Christian friends who will encourage and provide wisdom.” Have you experienced this phenomenon? If so, how do YOU avert it? If you can give any insight or testimony, please click “comment” following the web version of this item. And thanks to David for ‘bubbling this concept’ up to our attention.

9) Global Changing Challenges Conference in Indonesia —

The Humanitarian Assistance Network for Disaster (HAND) is hosting a “Global Changing Challenges conference” April 3-4. It’s a progression of concepts discussed at the Hong Kong Starfish Community Expo that was held in October.  It seeks the spread of ideas, followed by communities actively engaging together in community development and disaster response — which is the purpose of the “Starfish Community.” See registration info at…

 

http://web.hishand.org/news/GCC2012

 

(Thanks to the Humanitarian International Services Group for sending us a note on this meeting this past week.)

7) Humanitarian Worker Wellness Inventory —

This checklist provides you with the means to gage your spiritual, social, emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual and other wellness areas of your life. This is a really-cool resource that can help people be happier, healthier, and more effective cross-culturally.

Phil from MAF shared this tool with us. Get it here:

 

http://www.brigada.org/files/wellnesschecklist-point9.xlsx

 

Thanks a million, Phil!

3) Toughest Decade Ever for Humanitarian Aid Workers —

We probably would have all surmised it, even if CNN hadn’t confirmed it. The past decade has been the most dangerous, ever, for humanitarian aid workers in general. For the article, see…

 

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/04/12/un.humanitarian.workers/index.html?hpt=T2

 

(Note: That URL will likely ‘wrap.’ If you have trouble copying and pasting it into your browser, just click to the link immediately below to see this item ‘live’ at the Brigada website. At that location, you’ll find a link that *will* work — and will take you to the article.)

 

The article explains that the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs found that “In the last decade, lethal attacks against humanitarian personnel have tripled, reaching over 100 deaths per year.” Ouch.

 

Well nobody said it would be easy. But this is a particularly tough pill to swallow, seeing as how you all weren’t doing it for big salaries anyway. Let’s face it — to stay in the humanitarian aid business… or the missionary industry in general, you’ve got to believe you’re on a mission from God — or else you’ll never make it.

11) 100 Best Books for Books for Humanitarians —

Online Classes has put together a list of excellent books to help understand humanitarian endeavors. Each book has a short description and a link for ordering it.

http://www.onlineclasses.org/2010/06/17/100-best-books-for-humanitarians/

(Note that this URL will probably wrap. If you can’t get it to work by copying and reassembling it in your browser, just go to the online version of this edition of Brigada today, where we’ll make sure the link is active.)

Here are some of the categories used to organize the books along with a sample book.

Fiction and Memoirs—When Heaven and Earth Changed Places (Vietnam)

Inspiration and Education—The Devil Came on Horseback (Darfur)

Understanding Humanitarianism—Careers for Good Samaritans

Social Entrepreneurship—How to Change the World

Fundraising—Storytelling for Grantseekers

Member Care—(Nothing listed yet!)

8) Feedback on Humanitarian Worker Wellness

Not that long ago, we featured a survey being carried out on the Humanitarian Worker Wellness Inventory (HWWI). See the original item at:

http://www.brigada.org/2010/01/31_3936

The purpose of the research project was to adapt as an assessment and provide psychometric validity information for Dr. Keckler’s Comprehensive Missionary Wellness Model. The principle of the HWWI is that one can use it for well staff rather than simply a tool to use when problems surface.  Although more follow-up research is needed, the HWWI did turn out to be a verified tool — one that you can put to use today in visits with your humanitarian aid staff workers. If you’d like to read the executive summary, download and open this PDF:

http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/wellness_inventory.pdf
Also, if you end up building on his research at all, please contact him via the website he has set up at…

https://myprojectincubator.com

Thanks for following up with us Phil!

12) The BackPage: Here we are Together Again (United for Haiti)

Is it just my imagination, or are we seeing a bit more cooperation than ever before in the carrying out of humanitarian aid missions. Think about it… Hope For Haiti pulls together like 60 tv networks. Then there’s the new website,

http://www.haitihub.org/

You register if you have a humanitarian need for Haiti, … or if you have a resource to offer to the greater good… facilities, materials, personnel, transportation… you register that too. How ’bout that. (Bravo to CrossGlobal Link for taking initiative to start it.)

I wonder why such cooperative ventures are happening these days. Could it be…

  • The message has finally gotten through — The public is tired of needless duplication and rangling among people who say they’re working for the good of the people?
  • The negative case studies push us toward cooperation?
  • The words of Jesus are finally penetrating our brains — “that they be one” (John 17)

Are you observing similar phenomena — cooperation and unity? What’s your theory as to why it’s taking place? Just click in the comment box below the web version of this item. And thanks in advance for giving your opinion.

Doug

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