Core: Women Who Do Not Know Despair

Let’s meet Ann Young Lee, CEO, and co-founder of CORE a humanitarian organization that helps hundreds of victims with the support of women of diverse backgrounds.

The Woman Post | Maria Claudia Londoño

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When a catastrophe happens, hundreds of people would like to help and cooperate, but Ann Young Lee through CORE (Community Organized Refuge Effort) based in California, United States, turn those intentions into reality and helps hundreds of victims, with the support of women of diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages.

For Ann, the key is to listen to identify the real needs of each community and, in each case, the need to alleviate their situation. Women's leadership makes the perspective different in the sense that there is consensus, and there is no interest in promoting by hierarchies.

According to her words, the best way to approach the groups and obtain support and collaboration is thanks to the women and their indisputable leadership. They make things happen, articulate efforts in a practical way, and are tireless until you achieve your goals.

Ann Young Lee holds a master's in Urban Planning from New York University and a master's in Economics & Conflict Management from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She received the Society for International Development's prestigious Truman Award, in May 2009. She was named one of the 25 most influential Angelenos by Angeleno Mag in 2020. Before joining CORE in 2016, she served on the UN's Organization for Coordination and Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), serving as the lead on urban humanitarian response and as the private sector liaison for the Secretary General's World Humanitarian Summit. She has extensive field-based experience, and has lived in Haiti, both before and after the 2010 earthquake; the Philippines, responding to Typhoon Haiyan; Kosovo, working to address the post-war refugee crisis; and the Congo, participating in humanitarian response efforts. This is how she has more than 20 years of experience in this type of activity. She is also the author of the book "Livelihoods in Emergencies: A Double-Edged Sword."

But what defines CORE? a crisis response organization that brings immediate aid and recovery to underserved communities across the globe. Her mission: CORE saves lives and strengthens communities impacted by or vulnerable to crisis.

To learn more about this organization, you can go to its page https://www.coreresponse.org/about-us

A vital element, which in The Woman Post we want to highlight and following the words of its co-founder, is the participation of women, their invaluable inexhaustible commitment to restore lives, provide hope and rebuild their communities, thus managing to get out of crises, from the state of vulnerability, and consequent feelings of anguish, fear, and hopelessness.

Jaclyn Chavira, Los Angeles County manager, affirms that women's commitment to overcoming the poverty and difficulties present in communities of color in the area is essential for everyone to feel confident and timely in response to their needs.

Soleil Moon Frye, Actress, Director, and Author who is part of the board of directors, affirms that she admires the strength and conviction of women who are increasingly linked in providing solutions to the social and economic problems of those most affected.

Patricia Velásquez has also joined these referent and inspiring women. She is an actress, model, and ambassador for Indigenous Peoples & Founder of The Wayuu Taya Foundation, an organization originally from Colombia of which she is the President, and which was created to improve the living quality of the indigenous communities in Latin America, maintain and respecting their traditions, cultures, and beliefs.

All these inspired and inspiring women of other women, manage to emerge victorious from unfortunate situations for the countries and the planet.












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