Erin Foster

For the Love of a Mother – Nhial’s Journey to South Sudan


By Erin Foster

Nhial Malia was resettled by IOM from a refugee camp in western Ethiopia to Houston, Texas when he was 11 years old. He is now 26, a US citizen, holds a BA in Biology and minor in Philosophy from Bethany College, Kansas and recently finished three years of service as a water and sanitation volunteer with the Peace Corps in Ghana. 

The Next Generation of Aid Workers Gets Hands-on in Ghana


By Erin Foster

Since 2010, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Ghana has welcomed students for an eight-week summer practicum, bridging the gap between the academic and professional divide. Forged as part of a partnership with Syracuse University, located in upstate New York, USA, this study abroad programme allows the next generation of aid workers to take classroom principles and apply them in a field setting, with guidance from seasoned IOM staff members. “This internship programme is a win-win for IOM in Ghana and the Syracuse students. Their remarkable enthusiasm and knowledge leave a lasting impact,” according to Dyane Epstein, Chief of Mission, IOM Ghana.

Against All Odds


By Erin Foster

NHIAL Malia was resettled by IOM from a refugee camp in western Ethiopia to Houston, Texas when he was 11 years old. Today, he is 26, a US citizen, holds a degree in Biology with a minor in Philosophy from Bethany College, Kansas, and serves as a water and sanitation volunteer with the US Peace Corps in Ghana.