Snapshots June 2021

From Puerto Rico to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, see the impact you’ve had as a supporter of our work this month.

Providing Clean Water and Lifesaving Support in Yemen

Tragically, 80% of people in Yemen rely on aid to survive. Our teams in Yemen are providing lifesaving medical assistance, equipment and access to clean water.

At the Heratha camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), we’re working tirelessly to ensure that the community has access to clean water by supporting latrine and water-system construction, and distributing hygiene kits.

Responding to the Humanitarian Crisis in the Gaza Strip

The Gaza Strip is experiencing a severe humanitarian crisis, with more than a million people in need of assistance. The economy is suffering, and poverty, food insecurity and unemployment have limited people’s access to healthcare.

We’re responding by providing medical care and working with local partners to reach conflict-affected areas. Our teams also are providing mental health services to affected communities, along with emergency nutrition programming, child protection activities and COVID-related medical care.

Continuing our COVID-19 Response Around the World

Many countries are still experiencing surges in COVID-19. New variants have increased the need for an urgent response, so we are working to strengthen vaccination efforts and to provide additional supplies for treating patients.

In India, we are collaborating with local partners to support health centers, provide medication, support the cost of additional nurses and doctors, and fulfill equipment needs.

In South Los Angeles, we helped deliver more than 150,000 vaccines at Kedren Community Health Clinic, where our volunteers provided vaccinations in one of the hardest-hit areas of California.

In Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, our team helped to support a COVID-19 vaccine marathon by getting people registered for the vaccine, dispelling myths about the vaccine, providing accurate information about possible side effects, transporting people to vaccination centers and administering vaccinations.

In Puerto Rico, our team is supporting the Ponce Health Sciences mass-vaccination site, and between May 13 and June 30 helped to vaccinate 5,723 people. Our health teams also are supplying cold-chain supplies and educating community members about the role of vaccination in preventing COVID-19 variants.

In Pakistan, our team is leading by example, with team members getting their COVID-19 vaccinations so they can safely continue to help those in need.

We Are Now an Emergency Medical Team Type 1 Provider!

We’re proud to announce that we have been classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an EMT Type 1 providing both fixed and mobile emergency response capabilities, making us the only NGO worldwide to be classified this way.

This classification will help us respond more quickly to disasters worldwide and provide lifesaving aid to people in crisis.

Honoring Refugees on World Refugee Day

80 million people around the world have been forced to flee their countries after facing persecution, war and violence. We are committed to supporting refugees by providing emergency relief to people in need.

In honor of World Refugee Day, our Pakistan team held activities with Afghan refugees in the Khaaki Refugee camp. Using both poetry and discussion, refugees shared what it’s like to live as an Afghan citizen in Pakistan.

Installing Solar Panels in the DRC

Our team in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) fitted solar panels and a solar pump at our Ebola Treatment Center in Bikoro.

Clean water is crucial in treating Ebola, and the pump and panels ensure a steady supply.

Follow Nicolas Chien as He Bikes Across America to Raise Awareness!

We’re so thankful to Nicolas Chien, who is cycling almost 3,000 miles from New York to Los Angeles to raise funds and awareness for our lifesaving work. Check out the page linked from the tweet below to see exactly where he is!

Help us save lives.