CV staff ambassadors, David Collins (Assistant Vice President of Programs and Policy) and Lia Schwartz (Chief of Staff), spent five days in Baghdad at the invitation of the Iraqi government. The purpose was to identify how CV can expand its assistance with the orphan crisis facing Iraq – a project CV started with the Iraqi Children Foundation in 2009. While there, the team visited IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps, orphanages, and after-school centers with an eye toward learning what is working and what help CV can provide in the future.
While our focus will always be on keeping children safe and families together right here in New York, CV is increasingly being asked to share our expertise overseas. In addition to our work with Iraq, CV provides consultation to family programs in the Netherlands and Australia.