Georgia, Ivory Coast
By JoAnna Haugen on Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
While foreign aid of food and first aid poured into Georgia after the recent civil conflict with Russia, Jennifer McFann (06-08) is providing Georgians with something else they’ll need as the winter approaches: warm clothing and blankets. She recently launched a drive to collect these items and is working with another former Peace Corps volunteer to secure shipping for the 63 boxes (1,977 pounds) of donations. A group of former PCVs who has returned to the country will coordinate the receiving and distribution of the items. McFann is a New York University graduate. She has a degree in international relations.
Patrick Obrist is currently working for Catholic Relief Services in Abeche, Chad. Obrist provides technical support and helps oversee humanitarian efforts in three of the country’s 12 refugee camps. He coordinates and documents the organization’s efforts by tracking and planning for the immediate and long-term needs of the people in the camps. Obrist began his work with CRS in 2007 when he was awarded a year-long fellowship to work in Dakar, Sudan, and he moved to his current post in Chad this past May.