International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Meet our brightest lights

They rarely make headlines, but aid workers perform lifesaving deeds every day. To carry out our mission, the International Rescue Committee depends on dedicated men and women working around the world, often under difficult and dangerous conditions. We recognize the most outstanding of these staff members through the annual Sarlo Foundation Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service.

Meet this year’s recipients, who were honored at an event last night in San Francisco:

Claude Agnéro

Claude Agnero

As a field coordinator in Ivory Coast, Claude Agnéro supervises key IRC programs including health, child protection and prevention of violence against women and girls. His achievements include bringing clean drinking water to 500,000 people affected by war and sanitary improvements to more than 700 villages. Agnéro strongly believes that displaced and vulnerable people have in their own hands the potential solution to their problems.

Rebecca Chandler

Becky Chandler The IRC

When a devastating earthquake struck Haiti in January, tens of thousands of children were orphaned or separated from their families. Becky Chandler led the IRC’s response, rushing to address the needs of separated and vulnerable children. In less than two months, Chandler, a child protection specialist, set up an extensive children’s program, including classrooms and play spaces and a family reunification system that to date has helped reunite more than 390 children with their parents. “Many parents had assumed their child had died in the earthquake, and when we bring that child back to them, it’s as if we’re bringing their child back from the dead,” says Chandler. “It’s an incredible feeling.”

Jennifer Doran

Jennifer Doran

Jennifer Doran is a champion of children and young people. Her efforts during eight years as a family and youth service program manager for the IRC in Phoenix, Arizona, include creating an art project and a youth healing garden for traumatized refugee children and a pre-natal program for young mothers. The art that adorns the halls of IRC’s Phoenix office and the gardens that now revitalize formerly blighted neighborhoods are a tribute to the healing that Doran’s work has begun.

John C. Lamin

J.C. Lamin

J.C. Lamin, a native of Sierra Leone, went to work as an IRC school teacher in a refugee camp in Guinea in 1992 and then became its principal. He eventually became director of ten schools serving 12,000 students. This year, in Sierra Leone, Lamin, a child protection manager, concluded a five-year project that placed 15,000 young people in school and that helped prevent them from becoming child laborers. “I’m proud that we have helped educate the community about child labor and have kept young people in school,” Lamin says.

Jimmy Lu

Jimmy  Lu

In his 30-year career at the IRC, New York-based employment specialist Jimmy Lu has helped more than 4,000 refugees from Kosovo, Myanmar, Bhutan, Tibet, Iraq and West Africa find work, even in the toughest job markets. Clients ask for him by name and often say how grateful they are to Lu. “This award is a huge honor and a vote of confidence in the work of my colleagues and the IRC,” he says. 

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Congratulation to all of

Congratulation to all of them, their work contribute to make the world better for all human beings. Thanks to the the promoters of this recognition because when an effort is recognised it is motivatiing for more . Best regards