Helping a Congolese family

Two years ago, we met our dear friend Quesney who was still in Bangkok with his children after five years in limbo trying to be recognized as refugees. We had a meal together and reminisced about our time together in Thailand, the years we kept in touch since we left the country, and what they … Continue reading Helping a Congolese family

World Humanitarian Day without Beyonce or Guetta

Every year on August 19, the world celebrates/commemorates World Humanitarian Day organized by UNOCHA, the UN organization I’ve been with since early this year. It’s a day to honor people who lost their lives in humanitarian service and those, who continue to bring assistance and relief to millions, and draw attention to humanitarian needs around … Continue reading World Humanitarian Day without Beyonce or Guetta

Free work for free ideas… for humanitarian education

There’s something to be said about pro-bono work, especially when it’s for a good cause and the people involved are quite open about ideas. It’s a fair trade isn’t it – getting free work for free ideas? So when I was asked to help out on visualizing information, how could I say no, especially from … Continue reading Free work for free ideas… for humanitarian education

Filtering out “Butt Dials” and saving lives with technology

I find the combination of Qatar and humanitarian action an unlikely partnership. It’s just not something that comes to mind when I think of how the world has come together to better respond to and address large scale disasters like the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami, or even the … Continue reading Filtering out “Butt Dials” and saving lives with technology

Website for The Cluster System in Timor-Leste

This collaborative website was developed for the humanitarian community in Timor-Leste to support their work and information exchange for coordination relief and response operations. One of the main issues from coordinating various United Nations organizations involved in humanitarian relief was understanding what each other were doing to make relief efforts more effective and efficient. This … Continue reading Website for The Cluster System in Timor-Leste

The Humanitarian and Recovery Update

In addition to designing the HR Update logo, I also edited and designed the layout and publishing of the newsletter. The quarterly newsletter on humanitarian, disaster preparedness and recovery activities in Timor-Leste highlighted current and potential humanitarian conditions in the country, which include the issues of food security, internally displaced peoples resettlement, housing, flooding, and … Continue reading The Humanitarian and Recovery Update

Houses at Risk from Flooding

This map was created to provide an overall analysis of the flood vulnerability of areas in Timor-Leste, as part of an assessment prior to the rainy season in the country. The map was developed to support the humanitarian response as well as to help develop contingency plans by the United Nations and emergency preparedness measures … Continue reading Houses at Risk from Flooding