Forage Center Holds Successful Coastal Promise Field Simulation at La Roche College, Pittsburgh, PA

The Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc. recently partnered with La Roche College in Pittsburgh, PA to hold its Coastal Promise Field Simulation May 23-24, 2018.

Meeting with IDPs

The event was held as part of La Roche College’s Global Development and Humanitarian Aid Training Program.   The simulation replicated the conditions that might exist in a country that is undergoing a complex emergency.

Meeting with local officials

A total of 16 individuals participated.  Most were professionals in the humanitarian operations  field and came from a variety of countries including Ghana, Moldova, Ethiopia, Sudan, Rwanda,  Democratic Republic of Congo, and the U.S.  During the exercise, they acted as members of an international humanitarian NGO deployed as an assessment team to ascertain how best to provide aid and assistance.  In role, they met with government officials, religious leaders, and IDPs (internally displaced persons).  They engaged in training focusing on international humanitarian law and practices, security, negotiation, and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) procedures.

Planning for an IDP camp

The Forage Center’s next Coastal Promise training will be held September 20-23, 2018 in Swanton (Garrett County), Maryland.  If you are interested in attending, please apply/register here.

For more information about the Forage Center, go here, or contact

La Roche College Program, May 2018

Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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