September 16, 2010

Journey of Action

This August, Kassidy and Ryan Brown of Nashville, TN will be driving the Pan American Highway-from Alaska to Argentina. A six month expedition that will take them into 14 different countries, covering over 15,000 miles. They will be volunteering with and showcasing social entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, universities, and high schools that are making a positive impact locally and abroad.

Two filmmakers will document the journey. Kassidy and Ryan will blog daily, upload their photography, and most importantly produce weekly webisodes. The webisodes will aim to entertain, educate, and inspire social activism within the Millennial Generation.

Kassidy and Ryan will aspire to be the social leaders of Generation Y, who are some of the world’s most influential, globally wired, technologically savvy and socially conscious people in the world, by bringing them the content they crave through the medium they consume.

Follow Kassidy and Ryan on their website: journeyofaction.com

 

Frist Global Health Leaders Touch over 5000 Lives This Summer

School has begun and autumn is here. We hope you had as wonderful a summer as we had here at Hope Through Healing Hands.
Water = Hope goes to Washington! We just finished another fun weekend on the road with Brad Paisley and the H20 Tour, making stops in Spokane, Portland and the Gorge!

We started our weekend off in Spokane with some great volunteer help: college students, a high school student and parents involved with a local home schooling organization all came out to lend a hand, doing a great job and signing up lots of new supporters for the Water = Hope campaign!

September 15, 2010

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Photo 1: Senator Bill Frist and Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson, President of The Hebrew University

Photo 2: Senator Bill Frist and Ambassador Dr. Josephine Ojiambo. An IMPH alumna and the newly appointed Deputy Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN

Last night, Senator Bill Frist, M.D. was the keynote speaker at the Maimonides Awards Dinner honoring George S. Barrett, chairman and chief executive officer of Cardinal Health. The Dinner was to benefit the International Master in Public Health Fellows at the Braun School of Public Health and the Faculty of Medicine at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The Maimonides Award is conferred by the American Friends of The Hebrew University to honor philanthropic commitment to pioneering research in the field of medicine and health care conducted at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Maimonides award recipients are distinguished by their humanitarianism, communal leadership and work in support of research breakthroughs that will benefit mankind.

Senator Frist spoke on the role of the International Master of Public Health Program. More broadly, he spoke of global health in terms of peace and American health diplomacy.

Water=Hope Campaign Builds Wells and Writes Senators

The Brad Paisley H2O Tour Airs on GAC TV this Weekend

GAC's Top 20 crew made its way to Raleigh, NC this past weekend to catch up with Brad Paisley on his H2O Tour. Dive in and join GAC for the hottest videos of the week and
The Water = Hope campaign spent the past weekend in North Carolina with the H2O tour, getting even more country music fans involved with our campaign to bring people around the globe clean drinking water! We arrived in Charlotte on Friday morning and got to work, setting up for the day and preparing for our volunteer crew. We had 11 amazing volunteer join us: Joe, a volunteer from Cleveland, came out with his friend, and we had several groups of high school and college friends joining us as well.
Water = Hope made it out to three different cities this past weekend in Florida: Daytona Beach, Tampa, and West Palm.

We stepped off the bus in the morning and were pleased to see we were surrounded by all sorts of Daytona Beach fun, including a water park, carnival and the beach a short walk away. We ventured over to beach and walked around for a bit before we had to meet our awesome volunteer crew for the night. We had Michelle come out and bring her husband Derrick, her mother and her nephew Dustin. Michelle was an employee at the local Old Navy store, and took part in their volunteer program (much like our Gap girls that we met in Cleveland). Because she took the time to come out, Old Navy will make a donation to Water = Hope!!
The clinic went very well. We saw easily 3,000 plus patients a day and were out there for 6 days for a total of well over 16,000 patients in the end. The other two villages we visited were not as exuberant in the welcoming, but they were happy to receive medical attention nonetheless. I found I became rather adjusted to being completely covered in dirt while out there.
The Zambia Medical Mission is an annual event that has been taking place since the 1990’s. Every year Americans and Zambians come together to host clinics in four different villages in the southern province of Zambia. This year those clinics were held in Simalundu, Kapaulu, Nazibbula, and Mabuyu over six days. Back in the ‘90s it began as a much smaller operation but has blossomed over the years to now include about ninety-six Americans and over one hundred Zambians. Everyone that participated, which included doctors, nurses, dentists, etc. who took time off from their jobs to volunteer to help serve others. It was amazing to be surrounded by so many optimistic people willing to serve God and the people of Zambia.
President Bush traveled to Haiti this week to witness the rebuilding efforts firsthand, meet with Haitians about their immediate needs and future hopes, and visit with organizations that are assisting in the rebuilding effort with support from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

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