October 10, 2005: Headlines: COS - Pakistan: COS - Mali: Waynesboro Record Herald: Mali RPCV Amy Hamelin is is safe after quake in Pakistan

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Mali RPCV Amy Hamelin is is safe after quake in Pakistan

Mali RPCV Amy Hamelin is is safe after quake in Pakistan

”One hundred people from her building were rescued. Thirteen are dead and 80 are still missing,“ Hoke added. ”She's homeless and now has only what she packed in a weekend suitcase.

Mali RPCV Amy Hamelin is is safe after quake in Pakistan

Waynesboro native is safe after quake

Amy Hamelin

By Nancy Mace The Record Herald

WAYNESBORO - A local couple's phone has been ringing off the hook since reports of the catastrophic earthquake that killed thousands in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan on Saturday hit the airwaves.

The concerned callers were anxious to learn if Jim and Nancy Hoke of Waynesboro had news of their daughter, Amy Hamelin, who lives in Islamabad, Pakistan.

”She's alive, but she's homeless,“ according to Nancy Hoke, who said the family received an e-mail from Amy Saturday.

Hamelin, 32, is senior program director for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. She also is the daughter of Dick Hamelin.

”She had been on a long weekend in New Delhi (India) when she learned her apartment complex had been destroyed,“ according to Hoke.

”One hundred people from her building were rescued. Thirteen are dead and 80 are still missing,“ Hoke added. ”She's homeless and now has only what she packed in a weekend suitcase.

”We know how blessed we are that she is safe, but emotionally it is hard to think about her things being gone,“ he mother continued.

Awoke to news

”Jim woke me about 6 a.m. to tell me about the earthquake,“ Hamelin's mother said. ”At that hour, the majority of the news was focused on Islamabad.“

The Hokes heard from Hamelin several hours later.

Hamelin is due to fly back to Islamabad tonight, but the Hokes don't know what will happen.

”She has a large circle of friends in the community so we are not worried about her finding a place to stay or about her having support,“ said Hoke.

”We know she had been in touch with the Washington, D.C., office but we don't know what the next few weeks will hold for her or when she will be home.“

Program manager

Hamelin has been managing a regional program called Supporting Women Political Leaders in Muslim South Asia and coordinates activities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

”The program aims to increase participation of women in politics as party leaders, candidates and elected officials,“ according to Hoke.

A 1991 graduate of Waynesboro Area Senior High School, Hamelin earned a bachelor's degree in international studies from American University, Washington, D.C., in 1995.

From 1995 to 1997 she served with the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa, and offered a glimpse of life there with her ”Letters from Africa“ in The Record Herald.

She worked for the Carter Center in Atlanta, Ga. from 1997 to 2002.

While completing her master's degree in international affairs at Yale University, Hamelin continued to work with the Carter Center as a consultant, participating in election missions to Kenya in 2002 and Cameroon in 2004.

During the summer of 2003, she interned in the governance unit of the United Nations development program in Yaounde, Cameroon.

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