IRD Board Member Shares Experiences in Jordan and Iraq
IRD Board Member Robert Brada, Founder of Blue Sky Homes, recently returned from a trip to Jordan and Iraq. He shared his experiences and more about IRD's work with Syrian refugees with the Diplomatic Courier. You can read the article here.
"A few weeks ago I found myself on the outskirts of a remote village in the Jordanian desert. One of my travel companions received a call on his mobile phone. It was a member of Jordan’s security services, saying we should call if we needed anything as they would have people nearby at all times. It was then I began to realize that the small projects I had come to observe had a global impact.
I am not a traditional international relief worker. I grew up in a small town in Kansas, became a corporate finance lawyer, worked on the management team of a movie studio, and ran a startup healthcare services company. Perhaps this corporate background contributed to my skeptical view of the value of the U.S. spending overseas during bad economic times. During my two-week trip to Jordan and Iraq, however, I witnessed first-hand how seemingly minor development programs can help support stability and international values. ..."