Subodh Vijapure, an Emergency Program Manager, has been with Concern for the past three years and is currently managing an emergency response team in Somalia. “I like working for Concern because I like the values on which it is founded,” says Subodh, “and this job takes me around the world — to far off remote locations.”
Being deployed away from home can make it difficult to communicate with his wife and daughter, but Subodh is all about his family when he’s back. “I make the most of my time off with my wife and daughter. My daughter, Shrija, is 10 years old and I fulfill most of her demands. Despite being a little strict, my daughter knows how to get her way.”
“My daughter has kept the child within me alive.”
Becoming a father has changed him. “My daughter has kept the child within me alive. I personally hope to help as many children I as I can — to at least enable them to know the best things in life, like my daughter does. I am trying my best to spend more time with her and my wife. I want them to enjoy life to the fullest.”
Ignace works as an Emergency Coordinator for Concern in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which means that he spends much of his time away from his family in a remote part of the country. His job mostly entails overseeing distributions of relief supplies to displaced people. He is very proud of his work, but it’s hard to be away from his wife and three beautiful sons.
“My children are a part of the future of this country and I am proud of them and proud to work for Concern.”
Ignace’s commitment to humanitarian work comes from a deep sense of duty “to serve our country’s most vulnerable people and to help restore their dignity and respect and give them hope for social justice.” He hopes his sons will follow in his footsteps to “serve humanity and change the world by fighting social injustices. My children are a part of the future of this country and I am proud of them and proud to work for Concern.”
As a photographer and video producer based in New York, Kieran gets to travel to many different countries and work alongside “some really amazing people.” He loves his work, saying that he has “the best job in Concern!”
The only downside is the amount of time he has to spend away from his son, Hugh. But he says the time apart “helps me appreciate our time together even more.”
Hugh is very interested in his dad’s work and follows world events through television and the internet. Once he even got to spot his dad pop up on TV from Nepal!
“It’s a special responsibility to be a father, but also a great privilege and I never take it for granted.”
This Father’s Day, Kieran hopes to honor other dads across the world. “I am continuously impressed and humbled wherever I go by the sacrifices dads make for their families. The places we work in are inherently challenging — and all the more so when there are kids to raise. It’s a special responsibility to be a father, but also a great privilege and I never take it for granted. This weekend I’ll definitely raise a glass to the international brotherhood of fatherhood!”