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It is officially 2018! As January begins to wind down, we can’t help but look back in 2017 and say thank you. Together we accomplished so much and are filled with gratitude for your generosity and support. Here are a few highlights of what your dollars and support accomplished in 2017.
Locally, your support has contributed significantly to building a healthy community here in the Central Valley.
- AMOR reached “Guidestar Platinum” seal of information and transparency.
- Created relationships with 15 Fresno County agencies committed to serving with us in the Mendota Neighborhood Resource Center.
- Partnered with Westside Youth Center in the distribution of food in Mendota.
- Worked with Westside Youth Center during the month of July by providing 25 elementary age children a summer art program at Westside Youth Center.
- This year, we introduced creative new ways to give through the year with three online giving campaigns.
In Afghanistan, your support accomplished:
- Treated more than 79,000 patients.
- The ten Community Outreach & Patient Education (COPE) clinics near Afshar Hospital continue to serve on average 1,800 patients a month.
- We vaccinated 11,746 patients.
- 1,974 babies were delivered, resulting in countless smiles.
- Purchased new equipment with a $400,000 grant from USAID’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) Grant Program that includes equipment for two operating suites, a microbiology lab and a new computer system, for Afshar Hospital.
- In its second year, the Diabetes Community Outreach and Awareness Campaign, in partnership with the World Diabetes Fund, has created diabetes screening and improved health education on diabetes.
Thank you for your continued support and for joining us in building a healthy community worldwide. We look forward to accomplishing greater things together in 2018.Read More »
“When you educate a girl, you educate a nation.”
“Over 130 million girls around the world didn’t go to school today. Millions more braved long distances and dangerous conditions to get to classrooms whose teacher never arrived, or where there were no textbooks or other materials to help them learn.” – Gayle Smith, ONE Campaign
Today these millions of girls are daughters, sisters, friends, neighbors, just like our own daughters, sisters, friends and neighbors, we know and love. On International Day of the Girl, we must remind ourselves to empower girls everywhere everyday, so that their world may be filled with opportunities, education, knowledge and health. So that today’s girls become tomorrows leaders!
Education is the window of opportunity girls have to transform themselves, their families and their community. Education is critical in building a better future, improving health outcomes, and ending abuses such as human trafficking, gender-based violence and child marriage.
Just one example of empowering girls is our HerTime Matters Initiative. Its purpose is to provide sanitary products during her time of the month. Soon after we launched the Adolescent Girls Health Education classes in 2013 in the Afghanistan public schools surrounding Afshar hospital, our instructors realized that many girls had little to no access to basic sanitary products. This means that during a girl’s “time of the month”, coming to school is usually not possible. As a result, she gets behind in her studies. Girls in developing countries miss up to a quarter of their education because they do not have access to sanitary products.
Supporting education for girls is particularly important in Afghanistan the country with the highest rate of gender inequality in education. The number of girls receiving an elementary school education has grown significantly since 2002. However, only 36% of Afghan girls are enrolled in school and that percentage declines each year of secondary and high school.
Check out these videos that inspire us to help achieve a future where all girls are given an opportunity learn and receive an education.
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This summer, our staff volunteered at Mendota’s Westside Youth Center during their summer camp. We provided lunch and arts-and-crafts activities. During the month of July, every Friday at Westside Youth Center, we began lunch time with every kid’s favorite food, pizza!
After lunch was met with an enrichment art lesson and a hands on arts-and-craft activity. Kids learned about the art history and immediately were able to apply what they learned in an activity. Kids were able to make abstract art, make a replica of sculptures using foil paper and learned about various colors, shadows and perceptions of shapes.
Thanks to Westside Youth Center, AMOR can already be of service to the community of Mendota and help in any way possible. Our mission has always been to improve the health status of the communities we serve. Another reason why our project in Mendota will be for the community. The three building complex will serve farm laborers, their families and others in the surrounding rural communities of west Fresno County
AMOR selected Mendota, CA. as a target area for its first domestic project to bring much needed services to underserved farm workers and their children in the Central Valley– the breadbasket of the world. This area has been designated by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) as a shortage area for primary care, mental health and dental services. AMOR’s goal is to mobilize an alliance of safety-net providers and family and youth resources for the community.
If you would like to join us as a volunteer, you can email us at email@example.com.
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AMOR is always growing and evolving, ensuring we have excellent continuing education for our medical staff. At our cornerstone project at Afshar Hospital, the physicians, nurses and midwives are constantly improving their medical knowledge through monthly classes on health and safety practices. Every year, through an annual test, we assess their knowledge with a 75 – 100 question exam that assesses core knowledge and learning throughout the year.
The exam is an excellent way for AMOR to understand how well our staff have learned from the monthly classes. The exam encourages competitive, fun learning and the cash bonus to the top score in each category provides a great incentive. After the test is graded, we evaluate what topics need additional education and use this information to develop the education calendar for the next year.
AMOR is always striving to provide the best health care possible for our patients and give the best possible service. We value empowering the people we serve and work with by providing new opportunities that nurture self-worth and lead toward self-sufficiency. We value our staff and volunteers and their diverse talents, backgrounds, passion and commitment to the community.Read More »
I came across AMOR at the beginning of this year (spring semester) while searching frantically to find an organization in need of a volunteer so I could start a required project for my high school leadership class. I knew that in order to get my grade I needed to create a project that helped others, while showing my own leadership skills. While many options were available such as Children’s Hospital, Poverello House, and Habitat for Humanity etc., it was the local non-profit organization of AMOR that really stood out to me.
While I had previously taken the elective of the Modern Middle East my freshman year, I already had an interest in learning about how to help others worldwide. That, combined with my appeal to the health and medical field, led me to feel inspired by what AMOR does locally and worldwide. AMOR empowers women and children, and promotes education and health and diversity.
The people at AMOR are just as passionate and caring as the work they do. They kindly made time to meet with me to hear about my project requirements and see how together we could help each other, myself helping their organization while they help me complete my project. We created the #AMORForUs, a social media awareness campaign, asking people to write about what loves means to them and post it on their social media account with the hashtag #AMORForUs.
Yet this became much more than just a graded project to me. With the help from the student services at Fresno City College and Fresno State University, we were able to set up a booth at both campuses and bring this project to the local students. We asked each person “What does love mean to you?” and asked them to write their answer on a dry erase board for us to photograph. I was also able to bring this project to my family, friends, and to my leadership class. The results were far better than I would have imagined, people sincerely wrote answers on what love is to them. Each answer was something personal to the individual who wrote it and showed how diverse love really is.
This project had a big impact on me and felt like more of a movement than just a high school project. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to volunteer for an organization so devoted to helping others in large ways. Thank you to my teacher at Glacier High for helping me keep on track with my project, along with my classmates who participated; to the student services at Fresno City College and Fresno State University, especially the students who volunteered to help with the project, as well as my friends and family who also took part in the project. And special thanks to the people at AMOR for making this important project possible. You can still participate in this project with our hashtag #AMORForUs, leave a comment below, and check out the pictures on AMOR’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. What does love mean to you???Hannah Pool is a sophomore at Glacier High School in Fresno, CA. Through her leadership class she has been involved in various volunteer projects, including assisting at the Community Food Bank, and creating the #AMORFoRUs social media campaign project with AMOR. She also spends 70 hours of her month devoted to a volunteer ministry work for the public. Hannah loves helping others and spreading awareness on healthy living, studying subjects on health and social sciences, as well as writing and working with her community.Read More »
There are all types of moms out there: aunts, sisters, grandmothers, teachers, mentors and friends. This Mother’s Day, give in honor of the woman who helped you become the person you are today. Join us this Mother’s Day for a special campaign. Give in honor of your mom!
Your gift can help ensure mothers and their family receive nutritional meal packs, have access to vaccinations and health care through our 10 community clinics throughout Afghanistan. Moms have the toughest job in the world, they are strong, loving and caring.
Simply click the button below to donate, upload a photo of you and your mom to any social media platform and tag us @AMORelief and use #AMORmoms
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My story as an undocumented American is not a unique one. Surprisingly, stories like mine are becoming very frequent in the media. Oftentimes, the media only captures our resilient work towards education and the aspirations we have for the future. We are labeled “Dreamers,” leaving behind other issues that our immigrant families face. We are a community that struggles with multifaceted issues, from immigration status to college affordability, from lack of job opportunities to health care. The latter being a pivotal factor for the overall wellness.
My journey began in Mexico City, Mexico. I was only four years old when my mother, a single parent, immigrated to the United States and left me with my grandmother in a remote town in the southern state of Oaxaca. Her hope was to find a better future for us. My mother returned and then in 2004, at the age of ten, together my mother and me, embarked on a journey that millions have endured, across the Sonoran desert of northern Mexico. We traveled hundreds of treacherous miles until finally, we reached our destination, Madera, California.
Soon, after we arrived, the grape season began. My mother was unaware of labor laws, so she took me to my first job, harvesting raisin grapes in triple digit weather. About a month later my mom learned that because I was underage she had to enroll me in school. Eight years later I began to attend Fresno Pacific University (FPU). We had to spend all of my personal and family savings to pay for just the first year of tuition. I continued to struggle financially, working three jobs at times to pay my expenses. Throughout my educational journey I met amazing people who opened doors for me. It was through these mentors that I was able to experience an abundance of opportunities. In spring 2016, I graduated with a B.A. in Political Science, Spanish Language and Culture, and a minor in International Relations thanks to a full-ride institutional scholarship I received during my second year at FPU.
In the four years of college, I never visited the doctor for a regular checkup. A key factor was lack of health insurance. I could not afford to pay for private insurance. I also did not qualify for Medi-Cal because of my immigration status. I would come home on weekends and complain to my mother about back and bone pain. She would insist on paying for a medical appointment. I kept in mind how much she had already invested in me. So, I respectfully refused by pretending to feel much better after a massage she would give me, or after she would prepare home remedies for me. As for eye care, I was very fortunate to have access to the Migrant Education program which graciously funded a vision check-up and covered the prescribed glasses I received as I graduated from high school. These glasses helped me get through arduous nights of studying when my eyes felt like they could not read one more word.
About a year ago, I learned that stones were detected in my mom’s liver. She had been keeping it a secret, because she had no health insurance and she did not want me to worry. Even now, as a college graduate, I find it difficult to
visit a clinic for a basic checkup. It is very sad to imagine the stories of other immigrant families who work year-round in the agricultural fields of Central California harvesting our food, exposed to extreme weather conditions and toxic pesticides with no access to a clinic for basic check-ups.
According to a by the California Research Bureau, the agricultural worker’s average life expectancy is just forty-nine years. This is dramatically low in contrast to other industries. A direct connection is limited access or no access to affordable medical care.
Providing access to health clinics should be addressed with urgency. I was thrilled when I first heard of the work that AMOR is doing. It will help improve the lives of hundreds of migrant farm workers and other low income families. Having access to a primary care clinic will make a positive change in the community of Mendota and should be replicated in similar cities.Jose E. Chavez and his wife, Marlene are currently serving in Guatemala for a year, with the organization, UPAVIM – a women’s cooperative. He has served as a parent coordinator at Every Neighborhood Partnership and has been actively involved in the Fresno and Madera communities. You can keep up with Jose and learn more about his story by visiting his blog at: https://chavezje.wordpress.com/
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Women’s History Month!“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”
March is Women’s History Month and we are so proud to celebrate women everywhere! More specifically in a country where women physicians are scarce, discrimination and the repression of women’s rights permeates their society. 40 % of our staff in Afghanistan are women. They are mothers, daughters and sisters, all with hopes and dreams.
Thanks to your support, AMOR has been able to provide opportunities for Afghan women to shape their futures through employment at Afshar Hospital. We are fortunate to have a reliable team of qualified Afghan health care professionals. Our staff tirelessly serve mothers, babies and children who are struggling each day to escape the cycle of poverty.
Empowering girls and women is the back-bone of AMOR’s model of care. AMOR hires female Afghan physicians, nurses and educators at every opportunity. We truly believe when we invest in women and their health, communities prosper!
What keeps us inspired? Women who continue to make the world a better place.
Moms – who love unconditionally
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Sana is from a small town in Afghanistan. For so many years Sana dreamed of going to school like every other child more fortunate than her. She was living in a small house with her mother and father. When Sana received the new pair of winter boots from TOMS, she was so excited. Attending school is now part of a new phase of her life.
Global change comes when we work together. AMOR is the local partner in Afghanistan that collaborates with AmeriCares, a non-profit disaster relief and global health organization and TOMS Shoes. Each of the three partners play a specific role in achieving a common goal, which is to provide school kids in Afghanistan with a pair of shoes throughout the year.
Fawad is studying under an old tent. He attends school and also works to help his family by selling plastics on the side of the road in Kabul. Poverty, homelessness and starvation are a factor in his life. When he received a new pair of boots he was so happy, to him it was a perfect day. “I am satisfied with everything your organization has done for me,” Fawad said.
Fawad is one of the 85 % of Afghan students that sit under old, worn down torn tents when they attend classes. Students sit, learn and study under the tents in the cold winters and through the hot summers. Fawad and his classmates were extremely grateful for the winter boots.Read More »