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Utah NGO Round-Up

Posted by ryanlindsay on July 8, 2008

Healing Hands for Haiti

The Healing Hands for Haiti International Foundation is based in Salt Lake City, but has expedition teams from all across North America. They are involved with medical procedures, education, prosthetics, and distribution of medical supplies. Here are some supplies they are always in need of.

Local teams from Salt Lake and Utah Valley are constantly performing expeditions. Many medical staff from the area have volunteered time to travel to Haiti. Physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, orthotists, and prosthetists should consider traveling to Haiti. They also welcome translators and other volunteers with benificial skills. For interest in helping a Utah-based team, contact Lisa @ lisa.bagley@hhh.ination.com. To see where other teams originate from check their website.

This organization impresses me in that it incorporates research into their service and publishes findings in peer-reviewed journals. More of this is needed in the NGO world. Another great attribute is their expansion to include public health ventures (of course, I’m an MPH candidate) where health education initiatives have reached thousands.

AfrikSoul International

AfrikSoul International was founded in 2004 by refugees to help fellow refugees from Africa living in Salt Lake City. Since then it has reached out to serve refugees from all over the world and underprivileged communities in Africa as well.

AfrikSoul International’s mission is to empower individuals and communities to overcome obstacles in regards to displacement, poverty, HIV/AIDS, illiteracy, environmental degradation, and gender discrimination. They aim to provide assistance here in Utah (United States) and in Africa to refugees, immigrants, internally displaced people, victims of torture, distressed women and children, elderly or the seniors and those suffering from economical hardship to become self-reliant and help bring back their dignity and respect.

Empower Playgrounds

Recently Empower Playgrounds has been in the local news for developing playground solutions that generate electricity to power the school. This is an innovative approach, indirectly health related, is far-reaching into the community. Empower Playgrounds teamed up with students and professors from BYU to help out with their projects. They gathered materials (like used auto parts) from local markets in Ghana, and instructed natives in how to assemble merry-go-rounds in efforts to make their idea sustainable.

Ascend: A Humanitarian Alliance

Ascend claims that what sets them apart from other aid organizations is their ability to educate. They have health, education, business and other initiatives currently operating in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Bolivia, Peru, Mexico and Ecuador. There are upcoming expeditions planned in Peru and Bolivia. There are many ways you can assist Ascend.

Agel Cares Foundation

Agel Cares is the foundation formed from the Agel company. In March 2008 it donated money to Rising Star Outreach as well as other NGOs. It welcomes applications for grant money.

If you are from an NGO and you would like something specific advertised, you can email me at unacceptableglobalhealth@gmail.com and I’ll post to this blog.

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Utah NGO Round-Up

Posted by ryanlindsay on June 5, 2008

All of the following Utah-based NGOs are involved in orphan care. They all seem to follow a pattern beginning with the building of orphanages, and then expanding their efforts beyond orphanage construction to include education, health and other initiatives. Some of these organizations have partnered with each other, I’m sure they could all learn from each other through some collaboration on this site!

Kaiizen

Kaiizen was started by some BYU students who saw a need and took action. The Kaiizen Foundation took something mainstream, such as an apparel company, and put a humanitarian twist on it. Kaiizen exists to raise money for orphanages all around the world. It is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that raises money through the sales of their apparel and through various benefit concerts, parties, and surf/skate competitions. I’m impressed by how they are able to rally the youth to get involved in global problems.

They currently have projects in Baja, Mexico and Maceio, Brazil. There are at least three more trips planned to the Baja this year. June 26-29, October 16-19, December 4-7.

Visit the Kaiizen website and become a member for only $30. Your donation will help improve the lives of orphaned youth around the world, and you will get a great looking Kaiizen t-shirt and sticker.

A Child’s Hope Foundation

A Child’s Hope Foundation provides orphaned and abandoned children in developing countries a healthy, caring environment while seeking a loving family for them. Based in Provo, Utah the foundation currently works in Haiti, Mexico, Peru, China, South Korea, Bulgaria, and Ukraine.

Volunteers can help with work trips (which are short term typically 1-2weeks). Opportunites to serve longer as caregivers in orphanages is an option. Their next volunteer work trip will be to Mexico to help build orphanages and will take place August 25-29 (they especially need individuals w/masonry skills). They often keep interested individuals posted through newsletters.

One Heart Bulgaria

One Heart Bulgaria is based in Providence, Utah. All of its programs support orphans in Bulgaria. This happens through sponsorships of individual orphanages; completion of special projects for the orphanages; providing specialized medical care; implementing life skills training programs for the teenage orphans; and training orphanage staff, to properly care for the orphans.

One Heart Bulgaria has a recent newsletter highlighting their activities. There are many different ways to donate. This organization has a seemingly well established internship program for volunteers to help in an orphanage for 4+ weeks.

The Afghanistan Orphanage Project

The Afghanistan Orphanage Project (TAO Project) initiated from a group of Utahns in the 211th Aviation Battalion who were stationed in Afghanistan. The project is dedicated to providing orphaned and homeless children shelter, food, clothing, health services, education, and love. They have a huge orphanage in the works that will house 1,000 children. Another focus of the TAO project is to bring Afghanistan children to the United States for life-saving surgeries.

Recently they went to film a documentary on the building efforts. The villagers agreed to donate their labor each Friday, the Islamic holy day, to the building of the orphanage. The director, Shah Karimi is a native and will run the orphanage. This organization seems to be making good steps into making the development sustainable.

The Blueberry Foundation

The Blueberry Foundation – was created in 1994 and is based out of Salem, UT. They work in constructing, refurbishing and maintaining orphanages as well. They advertise the need for help with July 2008 projects to Ukraine and Philippines.

If you are from an NGO and you would like something specific advertised, you can email me at unacceptableglobalhealth@gmail.com and I’ll post to this blog.

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Utah NGO Round-Up

Posted by ryanlindsay on May 22, 2008

Here is the first of what will become a regular posting on Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) working in global health and development. It is anticipated that these postings will help NGOs advertise for volunteers,interns,consultants or fundraising events. At the same time volunteers, interns, consultants and donors will have information regarding Utah-based NGOs. Ideally I would like to get past the introductions and delve into the meat of what is done by the NGOs so that these postings could be of greater service and substance. Here is a start of what I’ve found, more links to NGOs are in the margin.

  • Mothers Without Borders is an NGO based in American Fork since 1996 and has worked throughout the world. Current efforts focus on disadvantaged children throughout Africa. This organization is constantly taking humanitarian aid expeditions. Teams for the summer expeditions have filled up and now they are accepting applications for their October trip.

  • Globus Relief was founded in Utah in 1996. While working in the salvage retail industry, founders Kelly Farmer and Robert Haltom were saddened to see that viable medical and hygiene supplies frequently went to waste. Certain that these resources could be rescued and put to good use, Farmer and Haltom created Globus Relief to efficiently channel excess supplies to humanitarian projects, both locally and internationally. A resourceful idea!

  • Based in SLC the Ouelessebougou-Utah Alliance has annual public health and medical expeditions to Mali. The alliance seems to be a more established and organized NGO, since they have been serving Ouelessebougou for 22 years. Also the opportunity exists to serve on their health committee, which meets monthly in SLC. If you have skills and interest that would support your becoming a member of this committee, let them know.

  • Cause for Hope is based in South Jordan and focuses on building economic reliance through microcredit, education, business training and teaching English, and missionary assistance for LDS church members in Latin America.

  • Koins for Kenya is an Alpine based NGO that focuses in economic development and education in Kenya.

If you are from an NGO and you would like something specific advertised, you can email me at unacceptableglobalhealth@gmail.com and I’ll post to this blog.

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