by Jenny Dyer

We want to give a special thanks to HTHH supporter, Rachel Flynn, who lives in Crossville, TN for hearing about our opportunity with Lamar Advertising and then offering us space on Flynn Signs Co., Inc. in Crossville, TN!

She and her husband Tom within hours were able to post our Water=Hope message up on 2 billboards in Crossville on their Flynn Signs.

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We're excited to partner with Flynn Signs!

 

October 5, 2010

Thank You, Lamar Advertising!


The Water=Hope Campaign on Billboards across the United States!

We want to thank the Lamar Advertising Company for creating and posting the billboard below in small and medium size markets across the nation beginning this week! They are helping us spread the word across the country that YOU can help bring safe, clean water to people around the world.

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We are excited to be working with them and to be spreading the word about this very important global health issue.

From the Senate to the House...

On Monday, September 20, the Senate passed by unanimous consent the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act (S. 624). The Water for the World Act would enable the United States to help provide sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation for up to 100 million of the world's poorest people over the next six years.

After the Senate passed the bill, the bill went to the House of Representatives. The Water=Hope Campaign sent a letter to 185 Congressional Representatives in 20 states to let them know that over 14,000 people among their states support the Water for the World Act. If the Congressional Representative already was co-sponsoring the bill, we sent them a Thank You letter. If they were not, we asked them to co-sponsor and support the bill.

It appears the bill will come up for vote after the election. We would encourage you to personally contact your Member in the House of Representatives and urge that s/he support the Water for the World Act's passage in the House.

Click Here for a TEMPLATE LETTER to write your Congressional Representative to support the Water for the World Act. 

Help Us Build Wells

We need your donation. We are working with charity:water to build wells in Ethiopia, Liberia, and Uganda, and we are supporting water purification systems in Appalachia through Living Waters for the World. Help us bring clean, safe water to villages in Africa and homes in Appalachia. Help us help others promote health as a currency for peace. We appreciate your support.

Sincerely,

Bill Frist Signature

Bill Frist, M.D.

by Lawrence Harrington

World Water Act would save countless lives

Oct. 4, 2010

Tennessee Voices

Lost in the high deci­bel debate of a polar­ized mid-term elec­tion, Ten­nessee Sen. Bob Corker recently teamed with Assis­tant Major­ity Leader Dick Durbin, D-Ill., to pass the World Water Act, a mea­sure to pro­vide clean water and san­i­ta­tion to 100 mil­lion peo­ple around the globe.

If the mea­sure is passed by the House and signed by the pres­i­dent, bil­lions of dol­lars and mil­lions of lives — most of them chil­dren — can be saved thanks to lead­er­ship and long-term think­ing from both sides of the Sen­ate chamber.

For those of us who have come to expect clean drink­ing water at the turn of a han­dle, the prob­lem can be hard to grasp.

The com­plex­ity of water and san­i­ta­tion chal­lenges around the globe became appar­ent to me when I was run­ning the Mex­ico office of the Inter-American Devel­op­ment Bank and attended the Fourth World Water Forum in Mex­ico City.

World­wide drink­ing water is scarce

Over a bil­lion peo­ple world­wide live with­out safe water. More than 2.5 bil­lion lack ade­quate san­i­ta­tion, expos­ing them to intesti­nal dis­eases cost­ing lives and eco­nomic productivity.

The bur­den of haul­ing drink­ing water in many rural areas falls most heav­ily on women and girls, mak­ing it harder for them to stay in school.

Scarce health resources are spent treat­ing water­borne dis­eases.
Even before the full impact of cli­mate change, lack of decent water can cause mass emi­gra­tion and will be a major source of global inse­cu­rity in the com­ing decades.

Last week, U.S. researchers con­cluded that 80 per­cent of the world’s pop­u­la­tion lives in areas with “inse­cure” fresh water.

The Water for the World Act builds on exist­ing efforts to pro­vide sus­tain­able access to clean water and san­i­ta­tion in less devel­oped coun­tries. The mea­sure pro­vides addi­tional resources but ensures they will be spent effec­tively by encour­ag­ing donor coor­di­na­tion and rig­or­ous project eval­u­a­tion. It pro­motes global and regional coop­er­a­tion on research and technology.

For for­eign aid skep­tics, water and san­i­ta­tion is a good invest­ment. A dol­lar spent in this sec­tor can return as much as $8 by increas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity and reduc­ing the health care and other expen­di­tures that result from lack of water and san­i­ta­tion. Our mil­i­tary can tell you that a good well may be more impor­tant to secur­ing a vil­lage than for­ti­fi­ca­tions. Inte­grated water man­age­ment reduces infra­struc­ture costs by bil­lions of dol­lars, invest­ments that many coun­tries can ill afford.

Even in rel­a­tively devel­oped coun­tries in Latin Amer­ica such as Mex­ico, small amounts of tech­ni­cal assis­tance improve man­age­ment and lever­age finance for strug­gling urban san­i­ta­tion systems.

Closer to home at Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­sity, stu­dents are tak­ing steps to bring clean water and san­i­ta­tion to under­served com­mu­ni­ties.
Recently, mem­bers of Engi­neers With­out Bor­ders spent valu­able vaca­tion time using their skills to bring water to a poor vil­lage in Peru.

A Van­der­bilt engi­neer­ing stu­dent, Leslie Labruto, a mem­ber of the group, recently turned 21. She told friends to for­get a party and instead give money so a vil­lage in cen­tral Africa could get a new well.

Thanks to her self­less­ness, the vil­lage will have a source of clean water for years to come.

Sen. Corker points to per­sonal involve­ment like this — church mis­sions he made to Haiti years ago — as encour­ag­ing him to enter pub­lic ser­vice and offer­ing a deeper under­stand­ing of the devel­op­ment chal­lenges in poor countries.

Corker’s time as mayor of Chat­tanooga undoubt­edly helped him under­stand the impor­tance of pro­vid­ing basic ser­vices to a com­mu­nity and the imper­a­tive of coop­er­a­tion to do good work.

Ten­nesseans should hope this bipar­ti­san spirit moves the World Water Act through the House to the president’s desk.

Larry Har­ring­ton is an adjoint pro­fes­sor at the Cen­ter for Latin Amer­i­can Stud­ies at Van­der­bilt and a Nashville attorney.

 

October 4, 2010

by Lauren Eppinger
Vanderbilt School of Nursing
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

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I arrived in Guatemala almost two weeks ago. The experience of walking out of the airport into Guatemala City is a five-sense sensation—the colors, the voices, the rain, and the pollution that you can smell and taste. The intensity hasn't lessened at all since getting here.

I spend half of each day volunteering at a clinic called Primeros Pasos. The clinic is located in a rural area, where most of the patients are Quiche Maya. The clinic sees mostly children, but has been expanding to treat more women and men as well. The cost of care is relatively low (about 60 cents for a child's visit and medicine, or a tenth of a day's wage), but people still receive care inconsistently. Preventative visits are particularly rare, as most people only visit the clinic when they are sick, often after a problem has persisted for a while. The clinic has a unique model, where patients are seen by local and foreign medical students, which shows the strong value that the clinic places on education. Nurse practitioners (like Cody Bowers and me) are also part of the clinical staff, headed by a Guatemalan doctor. The clinic also works with schools, offering preventative care and education for children. Recent outreach efforts have brought a significant number of women into an educational program as well, covering nutrition, hygiene, health, medical care, and natural medicine.

The diseases seen at the clinic are extremely different from what is seen at home. It is surprising how much an environment can affect the body. Many factors come into play, such as hygiene, clean water, indoor cooking fires, physical labor, exposures, immunizations, and the high cost of care at most places. Immunizations here are inconsistent, and almost none of the children receive all of the recommended immunizations. In my first two weeks I have seen both varicella and hepatitis A, which are both almost entirely absent in the pediatric population at home. I have also treated several children for various GI infections from bacteria, parasites, and worms.

Interestingly, many of the children in the community are born with midwives at home, and are not examined by doctors until they are a few months old. Therefore, careful examination of infants at sick visits is extremely important, because it may be their first medical examination! Most babies have no records of their birth weights so it is impossible to monitor their growth rates. If the children were brought in regularly for well baby visits, we could monitor their growth, and provide immunizations, etc. but that is not the custom here.

Another prevalent issue is malnutrition. Fortunately, the clinic has made significant improvements in the nutritional status of the local children through several outreach programs. These days most children are only mildly or moderately malnourished, while in the past many were severely malnourished. However, despite this improvement, every day I have seen at least one child, and sometimes several with some degree of malnutrition. Over the next couple of months I would like to work on developing an effective way to treat these children, who so easily fall through the cracks because they are not seen to be "severely" ill.

The experience overall has been incredible. Each day I learn something new, see something new, and live with an intensity that feels unique to Guatemala.

September 22, 2010

Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act Passes Through Senate


Your Advocacy Saves Lives

The Water=Hope Campaign celebrates that on Monday, September 20, 2010, the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act passed through the Senate unanimously.

We want to thank the leadership of Assistant Senate Majority Leader Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and their cosponsors for sponsoring this bill which places water in the forefront of America’s development priorities, seeking to reach 100 million people around the world with sustainable access to clean water and sanitation over the next six years.

Over 10,000 of your signatures were mailed in this summer letting your Senators know that you cared about providing clean, safe water to the world's poorest.

They heard your voice.

Thank you for taking the time to advocate with Water=Hope. Because you cared, lives will be saved.

More about the bill...

The Water for the World Act represents a robust U.S. contribution to the Millennium Development Goal on water, which is to reduce by 50 percent the proportion of the world population without safe water and sanitation by six years. The Senate passage of the bill comes at a time when there is a redoubling of efforts tied to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for water and sanitation at the MDG Summit in New York City this week.

To achieve the goal of reaching 100 million people with sustainable access to clean water and sanitation, the bill:

• Targets underdeveloped countries with focused initiatives to improve access to clean water and sanitation;

• Fosters global cooperation on research and technology development, including regional partnerships among experts on clean water;

• Provides technical assistance and capacity-building to develop expertise within countries facing water and sanitation challenges;

• Provides seed money for the deployment of clean water and sanitation technologies; and

• Strengthens the human infrastructure at USAID and the State Department to implement clean water and sanitation programs effectively and to ensure that water receives priority attention in our foreign policy efforts.

For more, see the Durbin-Corker Press Release.

What Next?

A similar bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Donald Payne (D-NJ).

Click HERE to see if your congressional representative is a co-sponsor.

We will continue advocating with the House of Representatives to hopefully see the passage of this bill through the House and then on to the President. We hope you will join us in this effort.

Thanks for your support,

Bill Frist Signature

Bill Frist, M.D.

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

 

September 16, 2010

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.

During the summer break, we had 7 Global Health Leaders travel to Peru, Honduras, Rwanda, Zambia, and Appalachia to promote health care through public health services and clinical care.

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Photos: John Deason, Lipscomb College of Pharmacy, fills prescriptions in Namwianga, Zambia and Beth O'Connell, ETSU College of Public Health, teaches a dental hygiene class in Cygera, Rwanda.

In total, these students touched the lives of over 5000 people in villages around the world. They saw over 1800 patients, trained over 100 community health workers, educated over 2000 people on basic health such as dental hygiene, hand washing, and HIV/AIDS, and surveyed over 600 people to assess needs such as clean water and better family health care.

You can read all their blogs on our website:

Jennifer Hunt – Appalachia Region: Health Screenings for Migrant Workers

Beth O'Connell—Cygera, Rwanda: Over 1380 People Have Received Safe Water Education

John Deason—Namwianga, Zambia: The Mission Begins: Setting Up Clinics in Zambia

Please support our Global Health Leaders program so that we can continue to reach our goal of directly touching the lives of over 20,000 people around the world with health care in the next few years.

Regards,

Bill Frist Signature

Bill Frist, M.D. 

P.S. Follow Vanderbilt School of Nursing students Cody Bowers and Lauren Eppinger as they report in from the Primeros Pasos clinic, focusing on maternal health and newborn care, from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala this fall.

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! Water = Hope volunteer crew in Spokane!

Our next stop was in Portland, where, after a summer of blazing heat and humidity, we were shocked to find ourselves...cold! Once again we were joined by an awesome volunteer crew: Chris just moved to Portland where he is soon to be joining the Portland Fire Department (congrats Chris!), and he was joined by Danielle, who is in nursing school in San Francisco but was visiting the Portland area. Ryan and Sarah are both students - Ryan is in med school, in fact! Portland volunteer crew And we also had Kate joining us, who literally just moved to Portland the week before to attend college, and was looking for volunteer opportunities to get involved in her community. All of our crew did a great job in Portland, roaming the lawn area and talking to fans about the campaign, gaining their support. Though it was a smaller show, Portland showed us lots of love and support and we are excited to continue our organizing efforts in the community.

Next up was the Gorge, located in the middle of Washington state, and quite possibly the most beautiful music venue in all of America. We were way excited to be working there, and it was a HUGE show, with more fans in attendance than almost any other show we’d been at!

Randy and Kim, Water = Hope volunteers and supporters!We were joined that night by Randy and Kim, a husband and wife team who had tickets to the show but wanted to help out. They came in went to work, signing up well over 100 new supporters in a short amount of time, talking to lots and lots of fans before joining their son and mom (or mom-in-law!) in their seats. They also made a very generous donation to Water = Hope, helping us reach our well building goal all that much faster, for which we are most appreciative!

 

 

 

 

We were also joined by our two recent Washington State U grads (a big Washington U rival game was going on that night, and, depending on who they talked to, they either got lots of love for their hoodies, or a lot of grief!) who were eager to get involved, and three new volunteers that Laura from Spokane had recruited for us (thanks Laura!). All in all, it was a great three days, full of inspiring stories from fans, and lots of support and enthusiasm about our work. Water = Hope support

We are nearing our final stretch of the H20 tour, with only two weekends remaining. Watch for us in San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix and Albuquerque this weekend!

Check out more photos from our weekend in Washington here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=198319&id=23133677902&ref=mf

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.

September 3, 2010

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 behind the scenes interviews with Brad and his tourmates Steel Magnolia, Justin Moore, and Darius Rucker.

Brad makes a stop at the Water=Hope Booth with GAC TV to visit with Brande and Kim and our volunteers and to share about the campaign!

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6,306 Signatures Mailed to Senators in Washington D.C. for Water for the World Act

The Brad Paisley H2O Tour has swept through Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Illinois, and Texas in the past two months, and the Water=Hope Campaign has heard your voice! Over 6,300 signatures were collected during these concerts to support the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2009.  

We asked Senators George S. LeMieux (FL), Bill Nelson (FL), Charles E. Schumer (NY), John Cornyn (TX), and Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) to sign the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2009 as a co-sponsor to advance clean water and sanitation development activities accompanying your signatures. The Act would provide over 100,000,000 people with first-time access to safe drinking water and sanitation on a sustainable basis by 2015.

At the same time, we said Thank You to Senators Roland W. Burris (IL), Kirsten E. Gillibrand (NY) Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA), and Arlen Specter (PA) for already co-sponsoring this important bill. And, Senator Richard J. Durbin (IL) is the sponsor of the bill. We are proud of their leadership on this issue.

If you would like to call or write your Senator, click HERE to find his/her contact information.

Buy a T-Shirt to Build a Well

We are excited to announce that our Water=Hope Campaign t-shirts are now on sale on our online store! With each donation of $25, you will receive one (1) navy blue shirt, made by American Apparel. The Water=Hope logo was designed by the famous Hatch Print shop in Nashville, Tennessee especially for the campaign. 

A portion of the proceeds will go directly toward building wells in Ethiopia, Liberia, and Uganda and providing clean water through purification systems to families in the Appalachia Region. Please support this great initiative to provide thousands of people with clean water this year for the first time. Buy a tshirt; help us build a well.

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Thanks for your support,

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Jenny Eaton Dyer, Ph.D.

Executive Director

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