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Nov 26, 2019

Trainings for Change

Trauma-Based Care Training
Trauma-Based Care Training

Dear COHI Family,

Thanks to funds raised by people like you, we are in the midst of planning multiple Trauma-Based Care Trainings to be held in Syria. Doctors, nurses, and midwives from accross the country apply to take part in these workshops, and are carefully selected by our planning committee. They then attend a three day training, aimed at understand Gender-Based Violence or GBV through the lens of Trauma-Based Care.

We believe that effective medical education involves a holistic framework, which is why while half of the training is devoted to best health practices in trauma situations, the other is devoted to understanding the role that gender plays not just in the Syrian healthcare system, but in the country's society as a whole. The workshop is run by a team of Gender Studies' sociologists, activists, women's health professionals, and trauma health professionals. 

Join us in supporting comprehensive women's health education for women all over the world. 

Love,

COHI

Oct 14, 2019

Asylum Shower Success

A young shower-goer
A young shower-goer

Dear COHI Family,

We are so happy to say that our Asylum Shower Project has been running successfully! We reached out to our community over the summer in the hopes of creating a hygiene program that would promote dignity and respect to asylum seeking families in San Antonio. After making their way to the US-Mexico border and spending days or weeks in US Customs and Border Control detention facilities, many of the families we work with were in desperate need of a safe, reliable way to clean themelves. We are so happy to say that along with our partner asylum shelter and with some help from the city of San Antonio, the shower program has been able to provide just that.

Thank you for supporting this initiative - a key part of our larger efforts to keep asylum seeking families healthy and safe.

Love,

COHI

Oct 2, 2019

A Shift in Response

Needs assessment at an asylum clinic in Texas
Needs assessment at an asylum clinic in Texas

Dear COHI Family,

We are reaching out to you with an important update about our programming with asylum seekers along the Texas-Mexico border. As you know, most of our work has been based in McAllen, TX with some recent programming happening in San Antonio. However, recent changes in the situation at the border have caused us to reevaluate our strategy.

The current administration's Remain in Mexico policy, along with the recent announcement of the refugee admissions ceiling for 2020, has meant a huge shift in the situation at the border - with many more families forced to pass through other points of entry, or even remain stranded on the Mexican side of the border. As a rapid response organization, COHI is always committed to implementing programming that aligns with the reality at hand. 

That's why we're expanding our partnership with Sueños Sin Fronteras de Tejas (SSFTX) to include funding work in new areas along both sides of the border. We'll be working with them later this week to do a needs assessment in these new regions, in order to ensure high quality health programming that is as effective as possible.

Will you join us in making sure asylum seeking families receive the care they need, no matter where they are?

Love,

COHI

 
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