Building Bridges, not Walls

by Circle of Health International
Building Bridges, not Walls

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

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Dear COHI Family,

We write to you with the Coronavirus Pandemic still looming ominously around us. As a public health non-profit, used to zipping around the world and visiting healthcare facilities across the globe, it has been an unprecedented time of stagnation and isolation.

So, we have decided to make an impact wherever we can and however we can. This has meant sending reproductive health supplies to Honduras and medical supplies to Mexico. It has also meant reaching out a little closer to home...

COHI recently launched our COVID-19 Fund, a pot of money that will be used to solve the physical and mental healthcare needs of migrant women and children in and around Austin and San Antonio. Whether it's visiting a child psychologist to begin the trauma healing process, connecting with an midwife while in the last term of pregnancy, or receiving prescriptions for a longstanding illness - COHI will be working with these families to cover the costs and connect them with trusted healthcare workers in the area.

Will you join us in our community response to this seemingly endless pandemic?

In gratitude,

COHI Staff & Board

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A father and son receiving a shipment of supplies
A father and son receiving a shipment of supplies

Dear COHI Family,

We write to you in the midst of a global pandemic. We are in a global health crisis that the world has never seen before. And we are more distanced than ever.

Our partners everywhere are reporting extreme circumstances. In Matamoros, where many migrants are currently awaiting asylum, we have been told of an extreme lack of PPE (personal protective equipment) and sanitation products. This has led to unsustainable and dangerous medical services.

You must understand, the challenge of COVID-19 somtimes feels insurmountable in places like Italy and the US - but it is also happening in Syria, Puerto Rico, and along the Mexican border. How can you wash your hands when you have no running water? How can you self-quarantine when you're living in a refugee camp? How can you be tested when you have no access to medical centers?

That's why COHI has been working hard to get medical supplies to our partners at the border. We've been able to ship boxes and boxes of masks, gloves, isolation gowns, and other essential supplies during these trying times. But there is still such a great need. 

Please join us in our efforts to keep EVERYONE safe. Donate today.

In Gratitude,

COHI Staff & Board

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Dear COHI Family,

Happy new year! 

As we begin this new decade, COHI is working tirelessly to create consistent and commited healthcare programming for asylum seekers in need at the Texas-Mexico border. Part of this commitment means ensuring that every person we work with has access to quality medical services, no matter what.

Carlos is one such person. Carlos is a non-verbal, non-ambulatory boy from Honduras. His father left home with him this past year in search of better health services fro his son. They are currently in Mexico, where they were introduced to COHI's partners: the Resource Center Matamoros. We have been able to get Carlos in to see a neurologist, where he was assessed quickly, given prescription medication, and is continuing to receive medical care.

As an organization that is committed to accessibility and equity, COHI works hard to ensure that we can support asylum seekers facing all kinds of medical issues. This means finding the best care for migrants - no matter the situation, no matter the resources. Healthcare is a human right. 

Join us in working to words a healthier, more equitable world by donating today.



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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?



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