Recent world events remind us of just how urgently our work is needed.
IIE has been reaching out to U.S. students and scholars in the Middle East and North Africa, and in Japan, to make sure that they are safe, and when necessary, to help them relocate back to the U.S. or to find new programs in other locations.
Changes in the Middle East and North Africa underscore the great need for Americans to learn Arabic language and gain an understanding of the diverse countries and cultures in the region. Many of IIE’s programs that help prepare youth for leadership positions and strengthen democratic institutions in the region promise to play a crucial role going forward.
Our thoughts are with the people of Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami they experienced. With the help of a Freeman Foundation-sponsored emergency fund, we are assisting students from Japan to complete their U.S. education so they can help rebuild their country.
We are also raising funds to assist students from other countries who are studying in the United States and are in need of emergency assistance.
Visit IIE’s website or follow the links in this newsletter to find programs, funding and ways to help.