Projects


Marciana Popescu, Ph.D and Dana Alonzo, Ph.D, the two ISWS social work volunteers who traveled to urban Guatemala City and Peronia, Guatemala for a train-the-trainers program for teachers, mental health providers and nurses, focusing on suicide awareness, signs and symtoms of depression and violence prevention. The results were very exciting
International Social Work Solutions, Inc. Annual Report 2018 March 14, 2019 Respectfully submitted by: Thea T. Bader, LICSW “We feel so honored to have ISWS as part of the work we do in Guatemala.  The Needs Assessment was more comprehensive than we could have hoped. We are excited about the
On April 1, 2019, the United Nations hosted 250 social workers from across the US and 3 countries. Speakers ranging from H.E. Georgi Panayotov, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Bulgaria to the U.N. to Aniruddha Kulkarni, a Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF New York spoke to the filled ECOSOC Chamber at the
Dana Alonzo, PhD, Marciana Popescu, PhD, and Zoe Reyes, MSW found a very receptive audience for their teacher and staff training at two high schools in Guatemala.  Topics such as adolescent development, suicide awareness, leadership skills and resilience in teens and adults were addressed.  Many other relevant discussions between the
Congratulations to Dr. Marciana Popescu, Dr. Dana Alonzo, and Zoe Reyes, MSW for becoming the latest ISWS recipients! They leave for Peronia, Guatemala on November 3, 2018 for a week-long training benefitting the teachers and staff of the local high school. The training will include topics such as adolescent development,
Dana Alonzo, Marciana Popescu, and Zoe Reyes, ISWS recipients are spending the week Nov.5-9, 2018 with the teachers and staff of the local high school in Peronia, Guatemala.  An array of subjects are being discussed such as suicide awareness, adolescent development, and adult/student leadership to name a few.  A successful
Pictured: (from left to right) Heather Rafey, Carol Curtin, Melissa Ryan, Thea Bader, Susan Olivo, and Nancy Karp, the Board of Directors of ISWS.  A wonderful event at VINOvations in Sharon, MA on Saturday, November 3, 2018, learning about the ISWS mission, projects and hearing from our past recipients, Hannah
Words of Gratitude from ISWS social work recipient, Hannah Taverna: “I can’t begin to thank you enough for having me be a part of such an incredible trip.  Traveling to Guatemala was such an invaluable experience and I learned so much from those we interviewed, HRI staff, Stacey, and you! 
The team of Stacey S. and Hannah T. just returned back to the US after two weeks in Guatemala City.  ISWS partnered with Hunger Relief International (HRI), a US based NGO doing work in Guatemala, who are interested in understanding more about the population of children, teens and families in
Two new ISWS recipients, Stacey Schamber, MSW and Hannah Taverna, MSW are hard at work in preparation for a volunteer project to Guatemala City in April, 2018.   ISWS is collaborating with an organization called Hunger Relief International (HRI) who run various programs in Guatemala and Haiti. Since 2011, HRI
Marjorie’s Fund, Co-Founder, Dr. Jason Baker, stated “We were thrilled the project with International Social Work Solutions, Inc went so successfully. The ISWS social worker impressions and data of our patient population has been very valuable to the continued growth of our Ugandan program.”   November 2017
ISWS social worker recipient, Maggie Fenwood, just returned from Kasese, Uganda having recently completed an incredibly successful project there. As you know, our mission is to provide stipends to trained social workers to engage in global volunteer projects to build local capacity and have a positive impact on struggling communities.
Welcome, Marguerite (Maggie) Fenwood,  our first ISWS stipend recipient!  She takes off for Kasese, Uganda on October 10. 2017.  Maggie will be conducting a training for healthcare personnel and a needs assessment for patients of Marjorie’s Fund, an American based NGO supporting Type 1 diabetes patients in Uganda and Rwanda.
Soon, we’ll use this space to tell the stories of our volunteers and the projects they’ve embarked on. For now, I wanted to share some of my past social work volunteerism projects that inspired me. — Thea Bader, founder The day was bright and hot in Khayelistsha, a township outside of