IRC's Annual Dinner: Thursday, October 25th
On Thursday, October 25th Rebuilding Lives: Annual Dinner, Seattle will once again honor those who have faced tremendous adversity and have taken long and difficult journeys to rebuild their lives. The immense challenges faced by the people the IRC serves are extraordinary, but amidst all those challenges, there is hope. There is hope in the amazing resilience of children, in the unfaltering spirit of mothers, and in the unflinching dignity of fathers. The evening will provide a glimpse into a few of their stories and what the IRC is doing to help from West Africa to Tukwila, Washington.
In West Africa, the International Rescue Committee has carried out programs to address violence against women. We are honored to have Monika Bakayoko-Topolska, the coordinator of the IRC’s Gender Based Violence program in Ivory Coast to discuss the work she and her team are doing to put their vision into action –an Ivory Coast where women and girls are respected and safe – through integrated programs looking at the full range of women and girls’ needs. For her exceptional dedication and service, Monika is one of IRC’s 2012 Humanitarian Awardees.
In the United States, the process of starting over and building a new life takes immense courage, strength and support. At this year’s dinner, we will hear the stories of those who have been on tremendously difficult journeys and not only survived, but thrived in our community. Through these stories we’ll learn about the work the IRC in Seattle is doing with refugees, asylees and victims of human trafficking on their journeys from Harm to Home. Proceeds from Rebuilding Lives will support the work of the IRC in Seattle.
Scott Pelley, Co-Chair of the IRC Overseers and host of Rebuilding Lives 2011, shakes the hand of Abdin Al Dulaimy, IRC in Seattle Caseworker Assistant. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.