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

Jul 5, 2019

A New Partnership At A Vital Moment

A musical moment at the Respite Center in McAllen
A musical moment at the Respite Center in McAllen

Dear COHI Friends and Family,

These past few weeks have been a dark time for US Border Policy. COHI is deeply disturbed by the news surrounding the inhumane living conditions of migrant children in US detention centers. This practice, along with the recent deaths due in part to the Remain in Mexico policy, are violations of human rights carried out by this administration against human beings who are merely excercising their right to seek asylum. At a time when we are feeling hopeless, COHI has some good news.

We are very proud to officially announce our new partnership with Sueños Sin Fronteras de Tejas (SSFTX), a Latinx, womxn run organization that provides direct relief to migrant families coming from the Texas-Mexico border. Together, COHI and SSFTX will be continuing to raise funds to supply respite centers along the border with essential supplies and high-quality medical care.

Join us in making sure that once these migrant families are released from detention, they receive the respect and dignity they deserve. Donate to sponsor a COHI medical visit today.

Love,

COHI

Jun 5, 2019

Showing up for Displaced Syrian Families

Dear Friends,

We need to talk to you about something that's not getting the media attention it so desperately needs: the continued humanitarian crisis in Syria. Our news feeds are filled to the brim with analysis of the political scuffles and missteps at home, even as the violence in Syria escalates to horrifying levels.

Just this week, the Syrian NGO White Helmets released a statement saying that there are currently hundreds of thousands of civilians fleeing the bombardment in Idlib. The report calls this the single largest mass displacement since the crisis began, eight years ago. Given the high quantity of regufees, border camps are running at double capacity - and yet still over two thirds of those fleeing are without shelter.

We at COHI are unwilling to stand by as this crisis intensifies. That's why we are continuing to raise funds to support the obstetric wing of the Al Imaan Hospital in Aleppo AND a midwifery training program in Damascus. Let us come together to stand up for mothers and babies who might otherwise be forgotten.

Love,

COHI

 
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