The Foreign Service Journal, July-August 2012

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By meeting individually with numerous foreign diplomats, he was able to garner support for an event that has become so popular it is now held monthly and sponsored by other diplomatic missions. There is no doubt that the professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication Velez put into his time in Mazar-e-Sharif, fre- quently under arduous and dangerous conditions, make him a superb choice for the Nelson B. Delavan Award. Delavan Award • Continued from page 54 Bohlen Award • Continued from page 55 and build school benches and blackboards. In April 2011, the first and only library in Mathare Valley opened, boasting 1,200 donated books and teaching materials used by students and teachers from five neighboring schools in the community. To make better use of the newmaterials and resources, Leila brought in an expat librarian to train the school staff. To top it all off, to help lower school fees, she bought three sewing machines, taught a group of widows to sew and gave them loans to buy fabric. Students may now buy uniforms from the widows at an affordable cost. Recognizing the need for mental health care, Leila opened her own clinic in Nairobi in 2010 (at the time she was working as a consular assistant in the embassy). As many of her patients have experienced extreme trauma or grief, she orga- nized free training for 92 Kenyan counselors and mental health providers on “Grief and Trauma Interventions for Children.” As the nomination states, Leila will leave an “overwhelm- ing legacy” when she departs Kenya.