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Past Projects

PAKISTAN

Earthquake Rehabilitation
Initiation: 2006
Completion: Completed

Number of beneficiaries:  127,542 patients served between April 2009 -  November 2011;  a total of over 409,000 served in Kashmir since 2006
Partners: Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS) and Ministry of Health, AJK

Context:. Chikar village, situated near Muzaffarabad , was hit hard by the 2005 earthquake. Along with the hospital and two clinics, a large number of  buildings, including two colleges and several schools were completely destroyed. Nearly every home in Chikar was heavily damaged.

Prior to the earthquake, the district was home to one rural healthcare centre, several basic health units and smaller first aid posts.Even in the best of times these civic and health facilities were underfunded and under staffed, causing Chikar’s community of 200,000 to be exposed to a host of issues resulting from poor hygiene practices, difficult living conditions and a lack of financial resources.

Activities: After the earthquake,SHINE Humanity  assisted in rebuilding the healthcare infrastructure in Chikar. In August 2010, a new community hospital was opened. The new center had two buildings – each with over 7,000 sq ft. SHINE Humanity raised resources to equip this facility, and to design and fit a laboratory unit, pharmacy, inpatient wards and a safe birth center. The agency also funded its operational budget.

Accomplishments: Chikar was the flagship center in the agency’s Rural Healthcare Center(RHC) Support Scheme. Our goal was to uplift public healthcare standards in Pakistan and to accomplish that in partnership with the government and community, so as to ensure sustainability and accessibility to all. The Chikar RHC has 24 hour emergency care, an out-patient clinic, wards, ultrasound facility, dental facilities, a pharmacy and functioning vaccination center. The AJK government provided the space to work in, The community supported the Center since October 2010 under a pilot Community Health Insurance Scheme.

Pakistan Refugee Crisis 2009
Initiation: June 2009
Completion: Sep 2009
Number of beneficiaries: 29,000 patients

Partners: Comprehensive Disaster Response Services, UM Healthcare Trust.
Context: In May 2009, an on-going military operation in Swat and adjoining tribal areas (FATA) forced approximately 3 million people to flee their homes. These internally displaced persons (IDPs) fled to the safety of surrounding areas where they were accommodated in humanitarian relief camps and in host communities in Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera, Charsadda, and Peshawar. The sheer scale and magnitude of the displacement and the vast geographic area of the settlements posed a challenge for humanitarian relief organizations to reach all those in need. There was a shortage of doctors, healthcare professionals, and essential medicines across the region.

Activities: SHINE Humanity assisted in deploying medical teams complete with doctors, EMTs, Dispensers, logistical support staff, and essential medicines to assist the refugees. One medical team set up at a small hospital in Zahidabad north of Mardan City where hospital staff was overwhelmed with refugees. The second team visited sub- camps, schools and colleges, and private homes where the bulk of the refugees were located.

Accomplishments: Over a three month period, the agency either assisted in or directly managed 29,000 patient contacts, of which 77 per cent were women and children under 14 years of age. The most common health problems the refugees presented were Upper and Lower Respiratory Infection, Scabies, Acid Peptic Disease, Worm Infestation, Acute Diarrhea, Urinary Tract Infection, Hypertension, Anemia, and Gynecology/Obstetrics cases.

Pakistan Flood Relief and Rehabilitation 2010
Initiation: Aug 3rd, 2010
Completion: Feb 28th, 2011

Number of Beneficiaries: 53,000 patient contacts; 10,000 humanitarian beneficiaries Partners: Comprehensive Disaster Response Services(CDRS), UM Healthcare Trust, Real Medicine Foundation, Global Giving Foundation & International Development & Relief Foundation(IDRF)
Context: In -late July of 2010, Pakistan was hit by the worst natural disaster in modern history ever to impact any country – massive flooding left one-fifth of the land area submerged, took 2,000 lives, and displaced 20 million people. Of them, 8 million were left permanently homeless. SHINE Humanity partnered with Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS) to launch its flood relief mission in August 2010. Over a six month Emergency Response Phase, the mission provided emergency medical services and humanitarian relief to those affected by the massive flooding. Our teams served the most hard to reach communities in Bagh Dheri (Swat), Dhasu (Gilgit-Kohistan), Khairpur, Shikarpur and Hyderabad (Sindh) and Jaffarabad, Sibi and Nasserabad (Balochistan).

Activities: Our activities included provision of food and non-food items, mobile medical services, supporting over 500 medical and non-medical volunteers, establishing a Mother-Child Health Center in Charsadda, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, as well as a pediatric unit at Shikarpur, Sindh. We also assisted communities with a number of agriculture and livelihood initiatives.

Accomplishments: SHINE Humanity’s flood relief mission  delivered care to over 50,000 patients, of which 80 per cent were women and children under the age of 14 years. The agency  packaged and delivered food aid to over 350 families, while assisting thousands more with water and non-food items. Through the livelihood support scheme, hundreds of families could gain access to lift pumps and flour mills. These  assisted small-scale farmers with reestablishing small-scale farming which was the main source of income and food in the region.

Pakistan Flood Relief and Rehabilitation 2011

Number of beneficiaries: Over 65,000 patients  and humanitarian aid recipients Partners: Patrons of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Museum, Comprehensive Disaster Response Services(CDRS), UM Healthcare trust, Global Disaster Relief Foundation & Begum Effendi Group of Hospitals (BEGH), Islamabad Jeep Club, Real Medicine Foundation, Health Ministry, Shikarpur Sindh, International Development and Relief Foundation(IDRF), Global Giving Foundation and HEART Canada
Context: Victims of the previous  year’s floods were hit yet again with another catastrophe as livelihoods and homes were destroyed in torrential rainfall in August 2011. Approximately 7 million people were affected, of which half were children. A land area of 1.7 million acres, 1.2 million homes and 64,000 livestock were lost due to rising waters. Many families were able to reach relief camps but some one million people were left stranded on the road-side. During the course  of rehabilitation of the victims,  SHINE Humanity  shifted its focus on advancing mother-child health infrastructure, developing and training local medical staff, creating management systems, and supplying medicine and medical materials.

Activities: SHINE Humanity assisted with emergency food and non-food items. Subsequently, we  focused our efforts on nutrition program and mobile medical services for those displaced and living in temporary shelters and setting up a Primary care clinic in Charsadda, a Mother and Child Health service in Bagh Dheri and continuation of support  for the pediatrics wards at the R.B.U.T Civil hospital in Shikarpur.clinics

Accomplishments: Over September 2011, the ground teams distributed over 40 pound food baskets consisting of rice, lentils, milk, tea and other essentials to over 260 families of minority groups seeking shelter on higher ground in and around Badin, Sindh. In October 2011, we provided medical services to 5,325 patients who were suffering primarily from water borne illnesses and poor hygiene.
The Community Clinic in Charsadda  served 12272  men, women and children . These individuals were affectees of the floods, and continued to live in temporary shelters scattered throughout the district.
The  Mother Child Center in Swat served 30,005 beneficiaries with   primary and preventive care besides maternal health services. This disaster-torn community in Bagh Dheri had, for the first time, access to outpatient, emergency and patient referral service; a pharmacy, laboratory and a safe birth center. The Pediatric Wards at Shikarpur District Headquarters Hospital continues to provide treatment for a  1,000 malnourished and severely-ill children every month.

HAITI

Haiti Earthquake Relief and Rehabilitation 2010
Initiation: Jan 14th, 2010
Completion: Mar 17th, 2010

Number of beneficiaries: 15,000 patient contacts; 30,000 humanitarian beneficiaries Partners: Aimer Haiti, Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA), Jenkins-Penn Haiti Relief Organization (JP HRO), Destiny World Outreach, NYC Medics, Partners in Health, International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF), Global Giving. SHINE Humanity also coordinated with the U.S. State Department (in Washington, DC and in the field), USAID, WHO, UNICEF and personnel from the US military.
Context: The catastrophic earthquake in Haiti on January 12th, 2010 took over 200,000 lives and flattened much of the capital city, Port-au-Prince. SHINE Humanity launched its Haiti Project on January 14th, just two days later. An American-led team entered the country by road with the goal of establishing supply lines and deploying aid and volunteers via the Dominican Republic. A staging area was established at Bojeaux Parc, on the periphery of Port-au-Prince. SHINE Humanity collaborated with Aimer Haiti, Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA), Jenkins-Penn Haiti Relief Organization (JP HRO), Destiny World Outreach, NYC Medics, Partners in Health, International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF), and Global Giving. SHINE Humanity also coordinated with the U.S. State Department (in Washington, DC and in the field), USAID, WHO, UNICEF, and US military personnel.

Activities: Over the eight weeks of our mission, we deployed over 250 volunteer medical personnel, established referral lines to local field hospitals, dispatched mobile health units, and provided water and medical supplies to victims of the quake residing in makeshift shelters.

Accomplishments: SHINE Humanity’s joint mission at Bojeux Parc Hospital managed more than 15,000 patients from January 17 to March 17, 2010. Our patients received emergency medical care (including diagnostics, – minor surgery, post operative care, etc.) as well as donated medication, food, and water. Overall, we spent just over $200,000, of which 95% was on program expenditure, 2% on capital expenditure, and 3% on administrative purposes.

Earthquake Rehabilitation
Initiation: Mar 01, 2011
Completion: Completed
Partners: EMPACT Northwest

Context: After the Earthquake though Haiti’s devastated healthcare network had for the most part resumed functioning, the country remained strapped for resources, more pressing was the shortage of doctors and skilled medical professionals.

Activities: In an attempt to address this, SHINE Humanity collaborated with EMPACT Northwest, a Seattle-based disaster response agency, to support the completion of Haiti House. This was a doctor’s hostel which served as a base to recruit and assist international volunteers. In addition to making the hostel a comfortable place to live and base missions out off, SHINE Humanity also actively recruited medical volunteers to visit Haiti and serve at one of the three centers EMPACT Northwest had established relationships with, including the MediShare Hospital in Port au-Prince, a primary care clinic and an orphanage.

Accomplishments: The Hostel offered a “full-service volunteer package” where prospective volunteers to Haiti were assured of transportation, accommodation, security, translation services and provided linkages to a safe place to work.

JAPAN

Japan’s Earthquake & Tsunami 2011
Initiation: March 2011
Completion: July 2011
Number of beneficiaries: 8,000 humanitarian beneficiaries

Partners: Fuel Relief Fund, Global Giving Foundation, NPO North Marin County
Context: An earthquake of magnitude 9.0 hit off the coast of Japan on March 11th, 2011 and caused a massive Tsunami. Nearly 16,000 lives were lost and the earthquake and tsunami caused extensive and severe structural damage in Japan, including heavy damage to roads and railways as well as fires in many areas, and a dam collapse. SHINE Humanity joined the international relief effort to deliver humanitarian assistance to the victims of this disaster.

Activities: The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Project was implemented in two phases: Phase I: Emergency Fuel Relief (April 2011) SHINE Humanity partnered with a Riverside-based nonprofit, the Fuel Relief Fund, to deliver heating oil and gas to over 4,000 beneficiaries in townships around Ishinomaki, Japan, an area devastated by the tsunami. With over 90 percent of the homes here impacted, most families were huddled in cold shelters and our fuel relief trucks were the only ones active in this area.

Phase II: Debris Clearing and Shelter Supplies (June-July 2011) – In the second phase, SHINE Humanity collaborated with various Japanese grassroots groups active in Ishinomaki City to use heavy vehicles to clear debris and sanitize public facilities, as well as citizens’ homes and shelters. We also supplied shelter residents with essentials like diapers, formula, antiseptic solution, and batteries.

Accomplishments: SHINE Humanity  helped over 4,000 families living in shelters with heating oil and necessary provisions to survive, and assisted devastated communities to return to their homes and restore community life they once enjoyed.

Tsunami Rehabilitation
Mental Health Support Project
Initiation: Oct. 8th, 2011
Completion: Dec 8th, 2011
Number of beneficiaries: 1789 contacts

Partners: Kokoro Wellness Network (KWN), Primary Care Action Team(PCAT) and International Development and Relief Foundation

Context: In the aftermath of the Earthquake and Tsunami of Mar 3rd, 2011, the community in Ishinomaki, Japan begun the long and painful task of reconstruction and rehabilitation. Repairing buildings and infrastructure is often the easy part – the human soul is far more fragile and that healing process is a far more difficult one.

Activities: SHINE Humanity’s project with California-based KWN and Tohuku-based PCAT focused on providing victims of the Tsunami with mental health support services. Activities included individual and group therapy sessions, using culturally-sensitive techniques and approaches, as well as retreats, volunteer training, public education and awareness, and local capacity building.

Accomplishments: The ground teams in Ishinomaki served 1,789  beneficiaries with individual and group support services. The public education videos served as tools to educate medical professionals and others about the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The volunteer training booklets our teams  prepared, assisted future volunteers to continue the activities we had  initiated, while the children’s toys and supplies the agency provided gave much needed therapeutic relief to the youngest of the Tsunami survivors.

Youth Volunteers Project
Initiation: Apr. 27th, 2012
Completion: Aug.27th, 2012
Number of beneficiaries:
Partners: Kokoro Wellness Network (KWN), Youth for 3.11

Activities and Accomplishments:  SHINE Humanity  partnered with KWN and Yf3.11 to enable undergraduate and graduate student volunteers to provide community building services that were still required in Iwate and Miyagi. These student volunteers helped to plant rice in the fields, provide academic support for elementary students, run an after-school community ?for children at temporal ?houses. They helped in sorting out the in-kind donations and emergency supplies and then assisted in delivering them to schools.