Written by: Arielle Brousse
Edited by: Danielle Mazzeo
CSIS Photography by: Eva Cruz
Traumaid Video & Photography provided by: Jenni Dawson
For over 10 years, Dr. Jennifer Dawson has flown to war-torn regions to help rebuild communities affected by large-scale disasters.
Jenni is the founder of TraumAid International, an organization delivering trauma mitigation services to communities in disaster zones, primarily in East and Central Africa. In the past decade with TraumAid, Jenni started Baraka Academy, a primary school in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that has provided nearly 2,000 students and their families with educational and health services. She also launched Live Again, a service connecting survivors of rape and war in Uganda with therapeutic and micro-credit resources.
Yet, even as Jenni worked with community leaders to tap into their resilience and abilities, she felt beaten down in her own work.
Jenni’s passion to address the effects of trauma was unwavering. But she found she was alone in doing the back-end work required to keep TraumAid afloat each year, such as fundraising, administration, and communication strategy. And her energy to continue the work on her own was flagging.