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In Remembrance - IFP International website

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In Remembrance: Rosita and Hoang Trong Nghia

February 15, 2012

It is with much sadness that I share with you the death of our dear friend Rosita Alfaro, who passed away on February 11th.

Maria del Rosario Alfaro ("Rosita") was born on May 18, 1965 in Guatemala City. She earned a bachelor’s in Social Work at Universidad Rafael Landivar and in 2002, she was awarded an IFP fellowship to study for a master’s in Public Policy and Management at the Instituto Tecnologicoy de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) in Mexico.

On her return home, she worked as a local consultant for Spanish Cooperation at theTechnical Cooperation Office in Solola, and later as Departmental Deputy for La Secretaría de Planificación y Programación de la Presidencia (SEGEPLAN), thus fulfilling her lifelong goal to contribute to development.

Rosita was a woman committed to Guatemala, a person with a lot of energy and optimism, and a friend.  She will be missed.

- Anabella Acevedo-Leal, IFP Program Director, CIRMA


It was only in January 2011 that the IFP Vietnam alumni community sadly said goodbye to Le Dan Bach Viet (Cohort 2003). Now, we mourn the loss of another alumnus. Hoang Trong Nghia (Cohort 2004) passed away on December 7th, 2011 in Kontum province of Vietnam’s Central Highland after a five-month battle with liver cancer. At just 49 years old, Nghia left behind his wife and three young children.

Despite receiving his cancer diagnosis in July 2011, Nghia continued to work tirelessly for Kontum, one of the poorest provinces in Central Highland of Vietnam, until six days prior to his death.
Nghia’s IFP journey enabled him to complete an MS in Regional and Rural Development Planning at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand in 2007. Upon his return to Vietnam, rather than move to one of the larger cities to work for an international organization in the development field, Nghia decided to go back to this poverty- stricken province. He was an invaluable bridge and advisor both to the people of Kontum as well as outside agencies sent in to assist the region.
Kontum is a very remote province, populated with many ethnic minorities; politically speaking, it is a sensitive area. Donors or international NGOs are not always welcome to provide development services for its local communities. However, Nghia saw this not as a hurdle, but as an opportunity, and a reason for him to go back to the province. He set up a private consulting office to help outside groups who visit Kontum work with local officials in rural development and forestry sectors. This office has also helped a number of alumni working in other provinces that are facing similar challenges.
Prior to his death, Nghia had begun working as a Forest Inventory Advisor for the project “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation,” funded by the European Union under Fauna & Flora International (FFI).
IFP Vietnam alumni lost a colleague and a brother who devoted his career to working alongside the poor and helping them protect their land and forest resources in one of the most challenging places in the country. We thank Nghia for his life and inspiration, as we carry on our journeys.
- Teo Dang Do, Alumnus, Cohort 2006 & Minh Kauffman, IFP Director, CEEVN

Photo right - Nghia with colleages at his university, AIT

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2012 10:17  

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