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JUHAN Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Project 2009

2009 JUHAN Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Project

Recognizing the pressing need to provide humanitarian assistance to communities within the United States, the Fordham University JUHAN chapter organized the first inter-University Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Project in May 2009.  Fordham and Georgetown University students traveled to New Iberia, Louisiana and worked with rural communities that were severely affected by hurricanes Rita, Gustav and Ike over the past four years, and that still lack the financial resources and manpower to rebuild on their own.  Students demolished two homes, renovated a local café, worked in a local soup kitchen, and took part in a community clean-up.

The JUHAN Difference

What separates JUHAN humanitarian projects from other service projects of its kind is the humanitarian approach.  Students participated in the project using a critical humanitarian lens, designed to simulate an actual humanitarian mission.  Students were tasked with the job of recording their interactions with local residents, community groups and representatives.  These conversations and interactions were used as the basis of a needs-based assessment of New Iberia, in the model of many disaster relief missions.  This collaborative assessment served as a tool for many community groups to help create a comprehensive plan for the future rebuilding of New Iberia.

Get Involved!

Please visit our website regularly for details on future projects.  If interested in getting involved, please e-mail Jenna Felz at

Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
33 W. 60th St., Suite 804 New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212 636 6294 Fax: 212 636 7060 Email:

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