Dear Friends and supporters,
So much has happened since the last time you heard from us, we barely know where to begin. First and foremost, Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS) is now an affiliate of Sustainable Healthcare Initiatives Now Empowering Humanity (SHINE HUMANITY). SHINE HUMANITY is a US-registered nonprofit, and is leading the effort to raise funding and awareness for CDRS activities in Pakistan and all across the world. Please direct your inquiries and support to SHINE HUMANITY. To visit us on the web, please go to www.shinehumanity.org.
Haiti Mission Wrap-up
With the help of your generous support, SHINE HUMANITY/CDRS was able to concluded a very successful and productive mission in Haiti. Overall, the multi-agency effort that we were an integral part of was able to render help to over 15,000 patients and deployed over 250 doctors and medical personnel from the United States. A total of $213,000 was raised and spent over the eight week period. Of this a close to $100,00 came from individual donors, while the balance was raised through institutional sources. Ninety-seven per cent of the project expenses were spent on direct program cost, two per cent on capital expenditure and one per cent on administrative costs.
Sustainable Healthcare Project Update
With the end of the Haiti mission, we have shifted our focus back to Pakistan. Overall, CDRS has now served over 400,000 patients since the agency first launched the earthquake relief clinics in March 2006, at the cost of $1.80 per patient. The central lynchpin of our operations is a Community Healthcare Empowerment Project, a community funded health insurance initiative that would give subscribers access to emergency and primary care at a minimal contribution of $0.30 per per person per month. The long-term goal is to reduce dependency on outside funding and give the community control over its own healthcare destiny.
So far, close to 10,000 individuals have enrolled or renewed in the program since inception in Fall 2009. A team of five community mobilizers are visiting village by village to explain the project to the 55,000 Kashmiris living in 64 villages covered in the pilot phase.
While community funding now covers a substantial part of the monthly operating budget, we still need your help to cover the on-going shortfall, as well as to support families too poor to contribute; as well as to help set up a radiology and laboratory project and unroll a high-tech suite to our programs and services ( i.e. e-records, telemedicine, data-mapping, etc.) Our goal is to raise $340,000 annually to underwrite the cost of field operations and support a presence in the US, and we need your help to get us there.
Grow your Money
Mark your calendars for Wed, June 16th. On June 16, GlobalGiving.org is matching at 50% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project! In addition to the 50% match, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors!
Terms and Conditions:
• Matching is applied up to $1,000 per donor per project on June 16, 2010 between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm EST (GMT-4) until matching funds run out
• There are $70,000 in available matching funds
• There is no fee applied to matching funds
• Projects must be approved and live on the GlobalGiving.org website by June 15th
Only online donations (credit card or paypal) are eligible for matching
Donations made on www.globalgiving.co.uk are NOT eligible for matching
To learn more about our on-going events and fundraisers or to invite Todd Shea to speak in your city, community center, college or place of worship, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHINE HUMANITY in the News
Todd Shea was a recent guest at University of Washington, South Asia Center. Here is a report on the event:
PAKISTAN-BASED “GO-TO GUY FOR DISASTER RELIEF” VISITS UW
By Ethan Casey
“Todd Shea, who responded to the devastating 2005 earthquake in mountainous northern Pakistan and now runs a hospital there through his organization SHINE Humanity, spoke on May 25 in the Walker Ames Room in Kane Hall as part of the Henry M. Jackson School’s Global Focus series, and met with the UW Pakistani Students Association. His visit was hosted by the South Asia Center at the Jackson School.
Shea's promising career as a singer-songwriter was interrupted by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In New York to play at the famous CBGB nightclub – a gig that never happened – instead he emptied his musical equipment from his van, drove to Chelsea Piers, and asked how he could help.”
To read more, go to http://jsis.washington.edu/soasia/wsar2010/sheavisit.shtml
On Saturday, June 19th, 2010, Todd will be a speaker at the Pakistan American Public Affairs Foundation (PAKPAC Foundation) conference on “Understanding Radicalization and De-radicalization” in Hartford, Connecticut.
Also, look out for the Washingtonian Magazine (www.washingtonian.com) July issue - it features Todd Shea and the efforts of the team behind SHINE HUMANITY.
Till next time!