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

Aug 29, 2019

Workshops Keeping Syrian Women and Girls Safe

Women's healthcare workers at a training last year
Women's healthcare workers at a training last year

Dear COHI Family,

We are so excited to announce that we are moving forward with setting up two new women's health workshops for Syrian midwives. These three day workshops train women's healthcare workers on how to effectively respond to the mental and physical effects of gender-based violence (GBV).

In times of war and crisis, rates of violence against women and girls increase - and as a country that has been at war for eight years now, Syria knows this far too well. It is of vital importance to ensure that Syrian healthcare workers know how to treat survivors of GBV. That's why COHI has been working with in-country partners to train midwives in trauma-based care response. And just because the media has turned a blind eye to the suffering in Syria, doesn't mean we will.

Join us in making sure that Syrian women and girls are not forgotten.

Love,

COHI

 
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