Corey Engelen is Director of UN Diplomatic Services Corp, Amabassador of Trade from Somalia to Japan, and the Executive Director of two initiatives focuses on bringing relief to the Horn of Africa–Help HOA and Help Somalia. His line of work in Foreign Humanitarian Projects takes him all over the world to locations such as Dubai, Brussels, London, Geneva, Zurich, and West Africa where Corey spends the majority of his time on the road.
A Global Perspective
Corey Engelen began his career in Foreign Humanitarian Projects after his time in college in the Des Moines area. The Iowa native went into the consulting business with the US government as a main client. Later in his career, he started working for a UN diplomat as an advisor. This role had him working with the ECOWAS project for 3 years, the objective being strengthening statistical capacity and building support for the millennium development goals in the region of economic and social affairs. This morphed into what he does today, converting assets to liquid cash to build humanitarian needs such as roads and schools.
The U.N Diplomatic Services Corp.
Today Corey Engelen works as the Director of the U.N. Diplomatic Services Corp. focusing on ECOWAS (the Economic Community Of West African States). Corey’s work takes him all over the world but it’s West Africa where he makes the biggest impacts. It was a real eye-opener for him to be on the ground and see first hand the circumstances people live with. The first day he was in Africa, Corey was taken aback by what he was saw and gave away every dollar he had. The lack of money, resources, clean water and facilities that westerners take for granted really stood out to Corey. These are the types of things he aims to fix in his work.
The UN Diplomatic Services Corp is the collective body of foreign diplomats accredited to a particular country or body. What the UN Diplomatic Services Corp utilizes is ECOWAS countries of West Africa to create a funding vehicle that can help companies migrate products and services to assist the emerging nations in ECOWAS.
As the Director of the U.N. Services Corp, Corey Engelen wears many hats. One of his roles is that of financial agent. Corey gathers precious commodities (such as titanium, gold and diamonds) from a region and then proceeds to sell them in foreign markets around Europe and Asia. Engelen then takes the proceeds of these transactions and brings them back to West African communities to help those who need it the most.
Once the capital is acquired, Corey then wears the hat of coordinator. The U.N. Services Corp. employs an extensive network of missionaries, local NGOs, and local governments in order to provide communities with freshwater and other infrastructure.
The idea is to provide water to the people who create a meaningful change from the ground-up.
U.N. Services Corp. and its network of agents and emissaries accomplish this through digging wells, creating innovative ways of catching rain, protecting freshwater springs, filtering surface water, constructing small man-made damns, and educating people in proper sanitary and hygienic practices.
Clean Water Access
Although many communities in Africa have access to clean water, millions of people throughout the continent still go without access to this fundamental resource. Specifically in West Africa, less than 25% of people have access to improved sanitation facilities causing the largest under-five mortality rate of all developing nations. For every 1,000 children born, 191 die in their first five years. The problem is multi-fold: population growth, rural-urban immigration, widespread poverty, and lack of clean-water infrastructure all contribute to millions of individuals going without the simple resource of water that so many in developed nations take for granted.
But there is hope.
Coordination between the United Nations, Economic Commission for Africa, African Union, and African Development Bank has resulted in the momentous African Water Vision for 2025, which outlines a number of steps for making clean water access a reality. Where large government initiatives are lacking, a number of NGOs have risen to fill the gap: UNICEF, Water.org, The Water Project, and Corey Engelen’s U.N. Diplomatic Services Corp. all strive to assist the clean water crisis in their own ways.