Today is World Humanitarian Day. As countless communities around the world continue to face both natural and man-made disasters, we want to highlight some of the fantastic work Warwick Humanitarian Engineering graduates are doing to provide support and assistance to those in need.
Clotilde Scolamiero (MSc World Humanitarian Engineering with Management, 2020): “I work as Project Manager for INTERSOS - a humanitarian organization on the front-line of emergencies in 20 countries. I have been deployed on Lesvos Island since September 2020, in the emergency response following Moria’s refugee camp fire. Together with the rest of the team, we assessed the most urgent needs of the affected population and set up an efficient crisis response.
From early 2021, I coordinate a Mental Health and Psychosocial Support intervention aimed at providing comprehensive psychosocial care to vulnerable women residing in the new refugee camp set up on the island after the fire. INTERSOS intervention targets women who belong to vulnerable groups presenting signs or psychological distress, particularly those who have survived gender-based violence. Until today, we served more than 100 women, providing holistic support and tailored mental health services.”
Filipa Coutinho (MSc World Humanitarian Engineering with Management, 2021): “I studied Political Science and International Relations for my undergraduate degree. I worked in a Mozambican NGO as Operations Manager, but since my career goal was to work in the emergency aid sector, I quit to enrol in the Humanitarian Engineering MSc at the University of Warwick in 2019/2020. It was one of the hardest, but the best decisions I have made! The programme is stimulating, broad on perspectives for humanitarian issues, and very engaging. The professors were outstanding, and the contents fascinating. It really inspired me to move on to the next phase of my career.
I am now a Camp Management Officer for the UN Migration Agency. I feel the programme increased my technical knowledge on sustainability, and also, especially, gave me a large understanding of how things are and can be done on humanitarian crisis settings. I feel a more complete professional, and a more versatile and competent aid worker.”
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