Dr. Elie J. Baghdady Memorial Gifts

Helping malnourished children and mothers throughout the world by supporting Friedman student development

September 2016

For the seventh year, Friedman School alumna Georgette Baghdady, N03, spearheaded a fundraising initiative in March and April in memory of her father, Dr. Elie J. Baghdady. More than 27 donors helped raise a total of $5,100 which, along with monetary gifts remaining from the previous year, supported the internships of three Friedman students in developing countries this past summer.

The Dr. Elie J. Baghdady Memorial Humanitarian Interns in Summer 2016

  • MADELINE BENNETT, N17, worked as a Food Security Ambassador with the Selamta Family Project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Selamta operates as both an orphanage and an outreach program assisting marginalized women and families at risk of breaking apart. Madeline conducted a survey that assessed the health and nutrition of Selamta’s orphaned children and outreach program beneficiaries, as well as taught a half-day nutrition workshop.


  • HANNAH KOEHN, N17, worked with the United Nations initiative Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger and Undernutrition (REACH) in Maputo, Mozambique. Based at the World Food Programme office, Hannah was involved with updating the Policy and Plan Overview for REACH-Mozambique and with tracking implementation of REACH activities, which aim to accelerate the reduction of chronic undernutrition of children under 5 years of age.


  • JOHN VANDERHEIDE, N18, worked with the Monitoring and Evaluation Division of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Rwanda. WFP provides food assistance to food-insecure households. Among other responsibilities, John reviewed the existing monitoring process and made recommendations on how to better streamline the process to ensure effective programmatic response and efficient use of resources.


We are grateful for the generosity of all who donated, including our alumni and friends. Their passionate support helps our students develop into the next generation of nutrition leaders that will impact global nutrition and health. We would especially like to extend our gratitude to Virginia (Jeney) Rodarmor, Rose B. Ganim, George C. Kronmiller, Jr., Lila Baghdady and Nalinee Chongviriyaphan for their invaluable support.

To learn more about contributing to the Dr. Elie J. Baghdady Memorial Internships, please contact Cindy Briggs Tobin, Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations, at cindy.briggs@tufts.edu or (617) 636-0962.