Hagar International is pleased to announce the appointment of Kerry Kelly as Country Director of Hagar Vietnam.
Kerry was raised in the Bronx, New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Emory University and went on to become a certified Family Nurse Practitioner from Stony Brook University in New York. In 1996 she went on to earn her Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
Kerry has spent most of her adult life in the developing world working to defend the basic human rights of the poor and disenfranchised. In the United States, her work focused on the problem of the country’s homeless population. Internationally she has worked on issues of healthcare access, childhood malnutrition, women’s rights and HIV/AIDS treatment. Most recently Kerry was the Executive Director of a non-profit organisation in Haiti that works with women and children living in the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake that claimed over 300,000 lives.
Kerry will be relocating to Vietnam with her French husband and nine year old son. They are all excited to dig into the Vietnamese culture and have already begun language lessons in Vietnamese.
The issues facing women and children have particularly attracted Kerry to Hagar International.
“I grew up as one of hundreds of thousands of children living the life of inner city poverty in the United States. Surrounded by drugs, gangs, prostitution and despair I learned intimately the effects that poverty and lack of choices can have on individuals, especially women. Thankful for all the blessings I have received in life, I am excited to begin working with the Vietnam team and am committed to living the mission of Hagar: “whatever it takes for as long as it takes to restore a broken life”.
Please join us in welcoming Kerry to the Hagar family!
CEO, Hagar International