Meet Nuzhat, a Mother and Resident of Chikar, Pakistan- We Spoke to her Through Skype
“Sadia was four. One day, she came down with a fever, and as it climbed higher over the period of the next few days, she fainted. My husband and I were convinced that we were about to lose our little girl. Fortunately, a family member contacted the SHINE Humanity-sponsored Chikar Rural Healthcare Center. Sadia was admitted and after receiving treatment, she quickly returned to good health. Without their help, who knows what would have happened.”
Sadia’s was lucky. She could have become one of the thousands of children under five who die each day in Pakistan because of lack of access to basic healthcare. Her mother Nuzhat expressed gratitude to SHINE Humanity donors who made treatment for her daughter possible through their funds. In response to a question regarding living conditions of the surrounding population, Nuzhat explained “most of us struggle to afford food. Besides this hospital, there is nowhere we can go for treatment. ”
SHINE Humanity is glad that Sadia is thriving today and wish Nuzhat and her family, good health and best wishes!
Greetings Dear Friends and Supporters, I'm heading to back to Japan in the last week of May to deliver funds and check on the relief efforts we've been supporting with our partners Global Giving and EMPACT Northwest. I'll be traveling six hours north of Tokyo to Ishinomaki with a group of Japanese students I've been working with since the disaster who have been delivering food, water, hygiene items, household items and medical supplies to shelters and providing manpower to the cleanup efforts. I'll send a detailed update with photos in early June. In Haiti, we're providing financial assistance to the efforts of EMAPCT Northwest to bring in medical volunteers to work with the only trauma ambulance service in Port-au-Prince. In Pakistan, our flood relief efforts have transitioned into the long term phase with our continued support of pediatric health facilities in Shikarpur, Sindh (Civil Hospital Pediatric Ward), Charsadda, KPK (The new Ashraf Medical Complex Pediatric Health Center) and Swat, KPK (The new Bagh Deri Hospital). We are committed to helping these facilities achieve self sustainability while helping the community recover from the disaster, especially the most adversely affected children such a Shabana, an adorable six year old girl whose surgery on severe burn scars is scheduled for May 23 at Shifa International Hospital. She'll be out of the hospital just in time to move into the new home we're building for her and her fifteen family members who lost their old home in the flood. We are collaborating with NCHD to provide basic health camps to flood affected villages in Thatta, Sindh. In Chikar, Azad Kashmir, we've struggled to get the majority of the community to financially contribute a nominal monthly fee to our community health insurance initiative, so we're bringing in new partners, new ideas, new facilities and new capabilities to nudge the people of the area towards understanding the necessity of supporting their local government health facility so it can run as an effective public/private partnership for generations and not remain totally dependent on outside charitable contributions. Our new data management / paperless patient records / telemedicine project is going operational this month in Charsadda and Chikar with technical support and guidance from our partners UM Healthcare. Our 2010 financial audit is underway (a bit late in getting started due to our focus on the flood mission) and we are confident in the same successful result as the independent audits of each of the previous four years we've been in operation as a registered non-profit social welfare society. I am grateful for your generous support of the above missions. I humbly request you to take a moment to read the information below, enjoy the videos and consider supporting another very important initiative that will be aimed at using musical collaborations to show Americans the wonderful people of Pakistan I've come to know in over five years of service to Pakistan. The overwhelming majority of Pakistani are rarely ever seen or represented in the western media, including 80 million innocent children who were either toddlers, infants or not even born yet on 9/11. They represent almost half of Pakistan's population and they need all of us to remember them. Sonic Peacemakers hopes you will join us in bringing them music, happiness, peace, love, compassion, health, education and opportunity. They are Pakistan's future and a part of our collective destiny. We can ensure that destiny is a bright one as we move beyond borders and eventually bring Sonic Peacemakers to all nations, opening up hearts and minds through the power of music and shared humanity. Todd Shea Founder CDRS (Comprehensive Disaster Response Services), Shine Humanity and Sonic Peacemakers SONIC PEACEMAKERS APPEAL When the Pakistan Flood Disaster began last summer, The Sonic Peacemakers "Peace Through Music" project was put on hold. The relief efforts kept co-founders Todd Shea and Lanny Cordola busy for months, with Todd leading the disaster response of CDRS / SHINE HUMANITY and Lanny visiting Pakistan twice to help deliver supplies, compassion, smiles, music and gifts for children with fellow Sonic Peacemakers Atif Aslam and Noori. Though we were able to produce several videos and teasers in 2010 (listed below), we need new funding to finish a documentary film and the first album, a collection of songs entitled "The Dreamer Awakes" with Atif Aslam and other prominent Pakistani musicians, ex-members of Guns 'n' Roses, The Beach Boys and other renowned western musicians. This epic collaboration is inspired by the works of Karachi-based poet Beo Rana Zafar and hopes to give a voice to the poverty stricken children of Pakistan. The first Sonic Peacemakers documentary film will highlight Lanny Cordola's amazing journeys to Pakistan, where he creates music with awesome and diverse musicians and artists, tours disaster affected areas, experiences Pakistan's amazing cultural richness, meets with everyday people in remote villages and big cities, and discovers the wonderful people of Pakistan who are too often unseen and misunderstood by the outside world. And perhaps most importantly, Lanny and Sonic Peacemakers will show the world Pakistan's warm, friendly, loving, inquisitive, beautiful and brilliant children who are Pakistan's hope and future. Sonic Peacemakers future plans include produce recordings and concerts in an ongoing series of musical collaborations, starting with Pakistani and American musicians and eventually bringing together musicians from other countries to build bridges of peace, erase misconceptions and support health, education and development projects that help families and children who need them most. This spiritual, social and musical initiative has the potential to transform hate into love and darkness into light, ignorance into empowerment. There is so much we can accomplish together by making this project a reality. To make a tax-deductible contribution to Sonic Peacemakers, please visit: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/peace-through-music/ Or send a check made out to Sonic Peacemakers to: Britt Lake, Global Giving, 1023 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20005 Thanks for your time, we hope you’ll join us as a Sonic Peacemakers Ambassador! In Love and Light, Sonic Peacemakers VIDEO CLIPS 1) Glimpses of "The Dreamer Awakes" An Upcoming Sonic Peacemakers Project Featuring Pakistani and American musicians, including Atif Aslam & ex-members of Guns 'n' Roses http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ntm8dlD6H-Q&feature=related 2) Pakistan (I Have A Dream) Atif Aslam and Lanny Cordola http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak1welvCLLo&feature=related 3) We Will Rise Again - A Tribute to Pakistan's Flood Victims (Atif Aslam, Lanny Cordola and Todd Shea) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UpjTiIeBsg 4) Lanny Cordola Interview about Sonic Peacemakers at NAMM Show in Los Angeles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRiU16Yl6vw&feature=related 5) Clips of Sonic Peacemakers Live Concert In Islamabad (Noori, Atif Aslam, Todd Shea) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oq-brkLhbKM 6) Dil Dil Pakistan Live - Atif Aslam & Todd Shea http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lHAHb2w1ZU&feature=related
Dear SHINE Humanity Supporter:
Each day in Pakistan, thirty nine women die of childbirth complications and 1,440 children under the age of 5 die because of lack of access to basic health care. Did you know that for only $20 a month - the cost of one dinner - SHINE Humanity can provide access to basic healthcare for 10 patients?
SHINE Humanity depends on your generous support to make sure that mothers and children living in poverty, whose lives have been further devastated by earthquakes and floods, continue to have access to basic healthcare and medicine, each month. Help us lower the maternal-child death rates by continuing access to basic medical care and medicine by signing up for a recurring donation! A recurring donation is easy to set up and automatically goes to your credit card each month so you can help provide a steady income for SHINE Humanity without having to worry about making separate donations each month.
By signing up for a recurring donation now, you can help us get an additional $1,500 through Global Giving's Recurring Donation Campaign! We need at least ten new recurring donations before the end of the day Friday, May 20 EDT in order to be eligible for additional grants between $500 and $1500.
Sign up for a recurring donation here: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/mother-child-health-in-disaster-affected-pakistan. Be sure to click on the "monthly recurring" option below the large orange "donate" button. Read instructions for setting up a recurring donation here.
Would you give up just one dinner a month to help women and children in need? Thank you for your support this Mother’s Day and continuing throughout the year! With your help, SHINE Humanity is Lighting the way forward………
Chief Executive Officer
"Seeing things like that changes you..."
Dr. Aaliya Ali
Dr. Aaliya Ali, a pediatrician from Whittier, California and Dr. Sara Khan an internist at San Antonio Hospital in California traveled to Shikarpur, Sindh eight weeks after the floods began in Pakistan to volunteer at SHINE Humanity’s pediatric facility in Shikarpur District Hospital.
Dr Aaliya Ali: I think that Sara and I were good combination I am a pediatrician and she is an internist, which is an adult doctor. We traveled to a different village every day, and saw anywhere from 200-300 people. I focused on the children, and Sara focused on their mothers. About one-third of our patients were children. What we encountered most was extreme malnutrition in women and children. Obviously for young children a mother’s health is tied to the child’s. It was difficult to see these malnourished mothers trying to care for their children.In the pediatric ward in Shikarpur, I saw children who had extreme dehydration, permanent liver failure and meningitis. In the United States, these children would be in the Intensive Care Unit. SHINE Humanity is their only lifeline. So many of the diseases we saw could have been prevented if the patients had received proper primary care. I saw one year-old twins who were severely dehydrated and anemic. Due to the help that we were able to provide, they went home with their mother. I saw two children die while I was there was well. It was very tragic, because if those children had been brought to a hospital sooner they might have survived.SHINE is doing a wonderful job to educate the people in these remote areas about proper hygiene. For instance, many of the women rub cow manure on their baby’s umbilical cord, because they think that it will cause it to fall off faster. A little education will help to remove these practices that are so harmful to children. I do not see mother/child health getting any better. Most of the people in these areas are farmers and their main staple was rice, but the rice fields won’t dry out until March or April, so this year’s harvest is lost. The next few months will be difficult.
Dr. Sara Khan: I had previously traveled to Haiti with SHINE Humanity, so I was not new to working in an area devastated by a natural disaster. On the other hand going to Pakistan was much more emotional for me, because I grew up in Pakistan. These people who were already very poor, had lost the very little they had. I was happy to help in whatever way I could, and I have to say the SHINE Humanity support team that we worked with which included volunteers, a pharmacist, and a paramedic, were some of the best people I’ve ever worked with.
The majority of our patients were children, because they were the ones that were hardest hit by the floods. The adults we saw had chronic problems. They had probably not received proper medical care throughout their lives, so for them just to have access to doctors was a big deal.One of the cases that affected me most was this young woman who had a chronic medical problem. I went back to the basics. I figured out that this woman needed blood, but we couldn’t find the right blood. The SHINE Humanity team rallied together and donated their own blood. They saved that woman’s life, and helping her made my trip worthwhile. This experience was real eye opener. You go to a place where people don’t have enough to eat, and there is a whole generation of children who are malnourished. You can tell their parents what the problem is, but there is nothing they can do to help their own children. Seeing things like that changes you.
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"In a Way Giving is Selfish"
SHINE Humanity volunteer Sweta Chawla talks about her experiences volunteering in Shikarpur Sindh.
"It was very heartbreaking to see little children less than a year old with minor health problems that had gotten to the point that they were life threatening. I saw four children die in one week. No matter what your thoughts are about a country politically I don't think it's not fair for children to have to pay the price for that."
To hear more about her trip, and see the moving photographs please watch this VIDEO.
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