Dec 31, 2020

A Fund for All

Dear COHI Community,

Can you believe this year has come to a close? With all of the struggles and obstacles that came with it, we've also learned a lot of important lessons from this tumultuous 2020: to rely on community, to emphasize mutuality, and to encourage unity.

That's why COHI launched our COVID-19 Fund, a resource for undocumented women and children who have been harmed by the pandmeic and the economic devastation its caused. We've been able to cover the cost of legal fees for asylum seekers, rent for parents who've lost their jobs, wifi for children new to online learning, and medical visits for those afflicted by the coronavirus.

Without documentation, these families do not have insurance and are therefore deterred from seeking medical care. Even for those who are able to pay the cost, the fear of deportation keeps many of them from entering medical spaces. The economic effects of this pandemic are even worse. This population is over-represented in the jobs hit hardest by this depression: low-wage, service work.

That's why we'll be continuing our work into the new year to ensure that this vulnerable population is not overlooked. Will you join us in supporting those who are too often left behind?

In Gratitude,

COHI Staff & Board

Oct 17, 2020

Syrian Trainings in Reproductive Justice

Dear COHI Community,

We are so please to report that, in large part due to your continued support, we have enough funds to run a training in trauma-based care for reproductive health workers based in Syria. 

To finish off this ominous year with such a source of light and community is bringing COHI, and our partners in Damascus, so much hope. Despite the lack of coverage in the media, Syria continues to be plagued by conflict - whether from the rebel forces, Assad's army, or the remaining ISIS factions. This is why COHI has made it a priority to continue the funding and implementation of workshops and trainings around reproductive justice for women's health workers in the region.

This Fall's workshop will focus on training reproductive health workers in the methods for effectively responding to cases of gender-based violence. An unfortunate reality in times of conflict is the increase in sexual assault - which is why it is so important that the health workers that Syrian women and girls turn to are well versed in the proper responses. 

But this workshop will not be enough - we can only accept 15 - 20 healthcare workers per training, and there are so many more that must be reached in order to better the healthcare outcomes for women and girls in Syria. Will you help us expand our programming across the region?

In gratitude,

COHI Staff & Board

Sep 18, 2020

Expanding Our Emergency Medical Fund

Dear COHI Family,

The definition of emergency and care seem to have transformed this year. In the middle of a respiratory pandemic, is a cough an emergency? As wildfires destroy homes 50 miles away, is the smoke burning your lungs an emergency?

This has been a year of shifting perspectives, which is why COHI is now working to shift, and ultimately expand, our Emergency Medical Care Fund. Though migrants awaiting asylum in Mexico will still be a key part of our strategy, we have now also begun working with migrants who have made in to the US and are in desperate need of help.

Whether that's a 22 year old Honduran woman who's just given birth to her daughter and doesn't have a home to go to tonight. Or the Guatemalan father of three who's children have no way of getting to school now that public transportation has become dangerous.

COHI is working with each family individually to identify their needs, provide them with funds and resources, and support them in remaining healthy and safe. Will you join us?

In gratitude,

COHI Staff & Board

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