Pranaya Rana, M.A. in Global Development and Peace



Alumni

“I couldn’t be more proud representing the University of Bridgeport as well as the Nepalese Army during my Peacekeeping mission in Haiti.”

Haiti Earthquake Recovery Internship

I was given the opportunity to participate as a volunteer Peacekeeper in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Port-au-Prince, Haiti during May-June, 2010 assisting the victims of the disastrous earthquake which devastated that country in January 2010. This opportunity was possible due to a special arrangement from the Nepalese Army Headquarters. I participated in the mission representing the Nepalese Army and it also served as an Internship for my Master’s program.

My Peacekeeping Experience

I was assigned to work with both the Nepalese contingents and also with other Staff Officers in MINUSTAH HQ. The major activities in the mission were as follows: Foot Patrolling, Vehicle Patrolling, VIP Escorting, Installation Security, Food and non-food items distribution, and IDP Camp security.

Apart from my duties within the boundaries of the Mission, I also conducted my own research about the post-earthquake scenario in Port-au-Prince by interviewing the Staff Officers in MINUSTAH HQ, by interviewing locals with the help of translators and some government officials. I also gathered information about the conflict in Haiti and the political instability.

I couldn’t be more proud representing the University of Bridgeport as well as the Nepalese Army during my Peacekeeping mission in Haiti.