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We are sorry to hear about the death of Graham Saunders. His family ask that if you would like to contribute to supporting scholarships for students at the Oxford Brookes Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP), they believe that this would be a fitting cause to support in his memory.

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CENDEP – our internationally respected Centre for Development and Emergency Practice – has trained nearly 1,000 passionate and dedicated graduates, who are working with local communities affected by natural disaster and armed conflict around the world to provide sustainable, humanitarian and development support.

These graduates have embarked on careers working with thousands of other humanitarian aid personnel to deliver long-term, sustainable support to hundreds of thousands of people around the globe.

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Humanitarian and development work are as urgent as ever. You can support CENDEP students to start a life-long career that will bring long-term, exponential benefits to communities facing hardship worldwide.

Meet some CENDEP alumni and students and see how they’re turning what they learned on their courses into sustainable results:

Grace Le (CENDEP 2012) coordinates teams of volunteer surgeons from the UK to train and support thousands of surgeons and medical professionals across 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It’s a sustainable way to train trainers so that life-saving and life transforming medical techniques can be used by local professionals across these countries.

CENDEP project
Photo courtesy of CURE International & Africa Clubfoot Training project.
CENDEP project

Ben Teuten and Johnny Willis (CENDEP 2015) co-founded Refugee Youth Service, the leading child protection service for hundreds of unaccompanied minors who were based at the refugee camp in Calais, France. They also provided a safe space for these vulnerable kids, where they could just be kids again or come for support. Taking that work forward, they are planning offices in Italy and Greece to continue to protect refugee children on the move across Europe.

Josh Ayers (CENDEP 2014) is Senior Risk & Resilience Advisor with an international NGO. He ensures that their development programmes reduce risk and increase resilience in the communities that they work with around the globe. He is currently developing processes with several communities along the Jamuna River in Bangladesh to help them develop comprehensive flood resilience strategies.

CENDEP project
CENDEP project

Samuel Shilajiru (current distance-learning student) is a field coordinator for a local NGO in Kenya that supports the right to education for young girls across Siaya County. They work to safeguard young girls from female genital mutilation and gender based violence, and create interventions to help young girls who get pregnant from becoming homeless or dropping out of school.

By giving to CENDEP, you are supporting careers like these »

Your gift will make a meaningful difference in several important ways:

  • scholarships – to support current students who face financial hardship. We also provide scholarships to fund distance-learning students working in demanding humanitarian contexts in the field
  • field visits – to provide current students with an invaluable opportunity to put the knowledge and understanding learned in the classroom into direct practice in the field – a transformative experience
  • research – CENDEP’s teaching is research-based, so continuing world-class research is vital to continuing to provide the most relevant teaching to prepare our students for the realities and challenges they’ll face in the field.

Please support CENDEP with a regular gift today »

By supporting CENDEP alumni and students like Ben, Josh, Grace and Samuel, you will be empowering communities that require assistance to building resilience, autonomy and security.

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