Support CT Refugee Women and their Families

by Elena's Light
Play Video
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Support CT Refugee Women and their Families
Apr 29, 2022

Updates at EL Health

Ambassador Class
Ambassador Class

Since the winter, Elena’s Light has started some exciting projects and additions to our health team!

Our ambassador program began in January and it empowers and teaches two refugee women to become capable of teaching health classes on their own. The women begin with two training classes each where they follow a healthcare professional's lead on class topics such as Covid and vaccines, common illnesses, and navigating the healthcare system, and translate the class for the audience of refugee women. From there, each woman is provided additional one-on-one training with medical professionals within Y-HEALAR to be ready to teach their own classes towards the end of the six month program! The refugee women are reimbursed for their work to respect the women and their hard work. All classes for the ambassador program took place in 2022 and 19 women have attended so far with two classes left in May.

Since our last update, Elena’s Light has also kicked out a Photovoice Program in collaboration with a class at Wesleyan University! In this program, refugee children ages 9-15 paired up with Wesleyan University students through their Refugee Literature class for some hands-on experience working with refugee families. The refugee children took photos on various topics such as their favorite food or something they are proud of, and worked in groups to discuss their photos and learn a bit more about each other. This collaborative semester-long project allowed for cultural exchange and friendship building amongst the refugee community and those who wish to support them. The images below are from our initial orientation which we held in person. We believed building friendship and connection between the families and the Wesleyan students was important, and we were thrilled to see the turn out–even amidst an unforeseen snow storm! There were games, pizza, baklava, and lots of connections!

As far as our summer program, The Children’s Summer Wellness Program of 2022 is in the works and setting up to be better than ever! The team is working on finding a location and will begin to recruit families soon. Overall, it’s looking to be a great summer full of fun and education! 

The health team has also spent 2022 working alongside Yale Masters of Public Health students Zia Shakir and Ashok Perumal to create a political advocacy approach and social emotional intervention for the refugee population in New Haven. The health policy advocacy program will kick off this summer with prepping to reach out to local officials and politicians in Connecticut to spread awareness of issues refugees faced especially related to the pandemic, and what changes are good to bring. 

In addition, we have welcomed our newest team member MInahil Gilani as Health and Wellness Coordinator to assist with Ambassador health classes and general programming classes. She is doing a wonderful job, and with her help, EL health can continue to grow and expand! We are also currently onboarding Masters of Public Health interns from New York University for the summer of 2022 to help us with our general health programming and advocacy plans. 

Photovoice Orientation
Photovoice Orientation
Coloring at Orientation
Coloring at Orientation
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Comments:

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Elena's Light

Location: North Haven, CT - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Fereshteh Ganjavi
North Haven, CT United States
$6,156 raised of $15,000 goal
 
83 donations
$8,844 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Elena's Light has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.