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June 2018 Newsletter

Dear friends,

Over the years, our work to foster relationships between our partner organizations and GPD stakeholders has ignited an incredibly strong and global network of collaboration. We hope you will enjoy this month’s newsletter and are inspired to get involved.

As always, please reach out directly if we can be a resource for you or if you would like to explore ways we can work together.

iLEAP graduates eight NPH leaders from Emerging Leaders Program

For the third year in a row, GPD was honored to congratulate a small cohort of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos’ staff-level leaders during their graduation from iLEAP's three-week intensive Emerging Leaders Program in Seattle, WA.

iLEAP’s custom training supports NPH’s mission to create loving and safe family environments for vulnerable children living in extreme conditions.  

Please join us in congratulating the 2018 graduating class:
Juan Bautista, NPH Guatemala, HR and Activities Coordination
Blanca, NPH Mexico, Women's Director of Monterrey University House
Phadoul, NPH Haiti, Human Resources, Saint Damien Pediatric Hospital
Alberto, NPH Haiti, Don Bosco Program Leadership
Lena, NPH Bolivia, Psychologist and Family Services Coordinator
Mila, NPH Mexico, Sponsorship
Karla, NPH El Salvador, Doctor
Mario, NPH El Salvador, Boys Sub-Coordinator

"Having this kind of experience has made me wiser and stronger to continue on, which will help me for the rest of my life.” -NPH Emerging Leader graduate 


Korbel Students Visit Israel and the West Bank

Master’s students from the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies recently returned from a two-week journey to Israel and the West Bank. The trip was organized and sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies and was made possible by GPD Charitable Trust and a well-known Denver-based surgeon.

During the trip, students engaged with activists, government officials, educators, UN observers, NGOs, and many more to better understand the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Just as important, the students were able to experience daily life in Israel and the West Bank and spoke to families regularly impacted by violence and occupation. There were also plenty of inspiring moments, as students met with Israelis and Palestinians working together to protect environmental resources, Palestinians working toward peace through agriculture, and educators at Arab-Jewish bilingual schools.

Good News from Syria Direct

This month, GPD Partner, Syria Direct, announced it’s new Editor-in-Chief, Tom Rollins, who joins Syria Direct with extensive regional reporting experience in Lebanon and Egypt. Rollins’ coverage of Syria-related issues has been featured in Al-Jazeera, Mada Masr, Middle East Eye, The National and others. He's a fluent Arabist and has a strong vision for leading Syria Direct through the next stages of the Syrian conflict. His inaugural "Letter from the Editor" can be found here.

On July 15th, 2018, Syria Direct welcomed it’s 11th graduating class of Syrian reporter and journalist trainees —six men and six women— hailing from Homs, Daraa, Damascus, East Ghouta and other areas. Graduates completed a three-month course in researching and producing in-depth, objective reporting, and join more than 160 Syrian journalists that have completed the training program since 2014.

The 11th class has been following developments closely alongside Syria Direct’s full-time newsroom staff in Amman, Jordan.

GPD Supports Pritzker Military Museum & Library Fall Programming

This month, GPD’s Stardust Fund committed a small contribution to the Pritzker Military Museum & Library (PMML) November 6, 2018 program highlighting work of Modern War Institute (MWI) Fellow, Nathan Finney, and his co-authored book, Redefining the Modern Military: The Intersection of Profession and Ethics, which examines military professionalism and ethics, and how it has changed over time.

This contribution is part of GPD collaborative approach with programs like West Point Center for Oral History, MWI, and  PMML’s Pritzker Military Presents’ ongoing events calendar which features presentations and discussions given by authors, academics, and military leaders.

GPD supports Rabine Group Foundation

Each year, GPD supports the Rabine Group Foundation’s Annual Golf Outing. Funds raised from the event support charities that help children, disabled, homeless, and veterans, including organizations like Feed My Starving Children, Habitat For Humanity, Northern Illinois Food Bank, and St. Baldrick’s.

The Rabine Group Foundation is currently considering a grant with GPD Partner, Illinois Joining Forces (IJF), which promotes growth and wellness initiatives for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families at the community level throughout the State of Illinois.

For more updates on GPD's smaller grantees, please visit the Stardust Fund page

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