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IRIS welcomes new staff member: John Jordan

This month has been full of change for us at IRIS. We have moved offices, said goodbye to one staff member and welcomed one new staff member. John Jordan is our newest addition, as the youth program manager for IRIS. In this role, he will help...

Charity beings at home: Nehemiah’s story

America provides many exchange students opportunities that would have been impossible in their home countries. For 2015-2016 exchange student Nehemiah Danjuma from Kaduna, Nigeria, that included feeling accommodated for his disability-deafness. At the age of 10 Nehemiah became deaf, "The cause wasn't quite clear. It's like...

Finding a second home in the U.S.

By Abdul-Fatah Ibrahim, YES 2016-2017, Tanzania, hosted by Ayusa in Amity, OR. Reposted from http://www.yesprograms.org/stories/finding-a-second-home-in-the-u-s My exchange has been an incredible experience. I started as a stranger in my host family of a lovely married couple (Gerald Rima & JoAnn Rima). They've taught me a lot about American...

Tanzanian program seeks to give young women a second chance

Hudhaifat Hamdan, a 2014-2015 YES alumna (Lake Stevens, Washington) and recipient of a 2016 Global Grant, has used her advantage as an exchange alumna to give back to her community. Inspired by her time in America, she wanted to give back to her community in...

Life after the exchange: Jannat’s story

[caption id="attachment_19970" align="alignright" width="273"] Pictured left to right: Leo Hallman, Jannat Abdallah, Carol Hallman and Mary Hallman[/caption] Almost two years ago, Jannat Abdallah packed her bags to make the trip of a lifetime. She said goodbye to all her family and friends in Lamu, Kenya, and embarked...

YES alumna unites a Tanzanian community

In the Tanzanian village that Ndeenga Shamata (YES '10, Fort Madison, IA) calls home, she noticed a rift. The residents didn't feel like neighbors and community members, just people who happened to live near each other. To combat this, Ndeenga decided to host an open...

January Student of the Month: Seth Danga

The Student of the Month for January is Seth Danga from Nigeria. Seth has been selected for his participation in sports, outgoing personality and excellent relationship with his host family. Seth has ran cross country, been a part of soccer league and most recently plays...

Our top 16 moments of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close and the crew at IRIS gears up for 2017, we are left to reflect on what the year meant to us, our alumni, our students and the countless others our organization reaches. While it's hard to narrow it down to...

An update on the Nigerian Birthing Project

  [caption id="attachment_19856" align="alignright" width="337"] Rotarians from Kaduna State, Nigeria and the Iowa team met with the Honorable Commissioner, Kaduna State Ministry of Health. The support of the State Ministry of Health will help the training effort to be sustainable for many years to come.[/caption] In Northern...

YES alumna helps promote female empowerment worldwide

With and For Girls (WFG) is an awards initiative that, over time, will donate over $1 million to programs that represent girls across the globe. As part of this program, WFG selects a group of 21 people to act as panelists in selecting which programs...