AMY (WING) RAJEH ' 95
"The potential impact of COVID-19 in places such as refugee camps from Syria to Bangladesh is devastating to think about but I am heartened to be a part of the work that CARE is doing to help prepare these communities by promoting hygiene messages and maintaining life-saving activities already underway."
- Amy (Wing) Rajeh '95
After graduating from AIS in 1995, I attended American University and completed a B.A. in International Relations with a Minor in Russian Studies. I remained in Washington for two years working for the Institute of International Education holding positions promoting educational and professional exchanges between America and the many countries around the world. It was after attending my AIS 5-year reunion that I decided to relocate back to Atlanta to join CARE, the humanitarian organization that had been Atlanta-based since 1993. With the support of AIS friends who made my transition easy (including driving my moving truck to Atlanta – Patrick McAndrew) I settled into life back in Atlanta and started my career at CARE as a Program Development Assistant in April 2001. I held several positions at CARE and left after a three-year post to Khartoum, Sudan after having my son in June 2017. I recently returned to CARE, now based from my home outside Washington, D.C., and hold the position of Humanitarian Program Manager on the Humanitarian Team.
The COVID -19 crisis has impacted me, as it has everyone, primarily in the restriction of movement from home. This has been a challenge, particularly with three energetic boys aged 10, 7 and 3. My husband and I have been trying to manage working and trying to implement the remote learning program from their elementary school while keeping our almost three-year-old entertained inside.
Professionally, my workload increased substantially as the impact became apparent on the implementation of the humanitarian projects CARE manages overseas. I ensure compliant grant management of the humanitarian projects funded by the US government. The projects had to be updated on the impact of movement restrictions, the cancelation of critical activities and how CARE was adapting to address the ongoing life-saving needs of the people served by these projects. The potential impact of COVID-19 in places such as refugee camps from Syria to Bangladesh is devastating to think about but I am heartened to be a part of the work that CARE is doing to help prepare these communities by promoting hygiene messages and maintaining life-saving activities already underway.