We are heartbroken at the loss of Amanda Mundt, a Development & Communications Intern here at IJDH. Her passion for human rights and empowering the most vulnerable in Haiti was an inspiration. Her death is a great loss for IJDH and for the world.
She began interning with IJDH at the beginning of 2013 and she quickly became a vital part of our team. Working closely with staff and other interns, she helped research and draft grant proposals, transfer and organize documents for our new website, spread the word of IJDH through media outlets, and continually support the work being done in Haiti to educate and advocate for human rights. She had taken 10 days off from IJDH to travel to Haiti and was then returning to finish the summer here and hopefully get college credit for extending the internship through her senior fall at Clark University.
Amanda was already committed to working for Haiti when she first sought out IJDH. When in high school, she worked with her father to establish the nonprofit Opportunities for Communities (OfC) and she traveled to Haiti to work with OfC regularly since that time. In 2011, she helped establish a summer school in Les Cayes, Haiti that promoted equitable learning for children. This blog post about the project: We Are All One: Amanda Mundt’s Amazing Summer captures Amanda’s extraordinary thoughtfulness, intelligence and commitment. She was returning from an OfC trip to Les Cayes on July 10 when she lost her life in a traffic accident. See the Channel 5 News story, including Amanda’s impact on Haiti and at IJDH.
We will miss her beaming personality, quiet strength, eagerness to learn, and unwavering passion. We are honored to have worked with such a dedicated young woman who was working to become a strong voice for human rights.
Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with Amanda’s family and friends.