SHINE Humanity is happy to announce our second food drive, SHINE on Hunger 2015 in part with Second Harvest Food Bank. During our last Food Drive we were thrilled you helped us generate about 520 pounds of food which in turn provided over 400 meals for the needy. Let’s collect 1,000 pounds this year and make it the most successful drive yet!

It may be tough to imagine as Orange County is rated as the 36th most affluent counties in the nation, but more than 400,000 people are at risk of going to bed hungry each month. Do your part to help alleviate hunger in your area by donating some of the items listed below and spreading the word to friends and family.

Extend your helping hand out to those in need in your community by dropping off some items to one of the addresses listed below between May 1-June 1. And PLEASE, NO EXPIRED ITEMS!

Fizza Ashary

2 Japonica Dr. Irvine, CA 92618

(949) 394.0016

Shaheen Awan

58 Lakeside Dr. Buena Park, CA 90621

(714) 396.2928

  • Peanut or Other Seed Butters
  • Canned Vegetables (low sodium)
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Rice (brown)
  • Canned Fruit (packed in water or juice) or Natural Applesauce
  • Dried or Canned Beans (low sodium)
  • Whole Grain Cereal (low sugar)
  • Canned or Boxed Soup (low sodium)
  • Whole Grain Pasta
  • Canned Meats & Fish (in water)
  • Healthy Snacks such as low sugar granola bars, raw nuts or dried fruit.

Personal Care Items:

  • Diapers
  • Soap
  • Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
  • Toilet Paper

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the Shine Humanity office at (714) 665-2400.

In 2007, the World Health Organization (WHO) established World Malaria Day as April 25th, in an effort to educate communities in hopes to better understand the devastating disease. Implementation of strategies to control malaria in endemic areas as well as introducing activities for the community to partake in involving preventing and treatment of malaria stand at the heart of this effort. Although malaria is now both preventable and treatable, 3.3 billion people in 126 different countries are at risk of malaria and around 660,000 people are killed each year by its calamitous wrath, equating into one life every minute. Thankfully, deaths in Africa, the most hard-hit area by malaria, have been reduced one third and worldwide one fourth which is attributed to a wide scale amassing of political will, funds and technical expertise over the past ten years. We can say gratefully that over a million lives have been saved from malaria, most of them being children under 5 years of age. Now, fifty countries are on track to reduce their number of malaria cases by 75% this year.

However, there are several challenges facing improvement in terms of prevention and treatment. Inadequate resources are often the biggest difficulty in diseases such as this one, as funding must increase in order to protect the advancements made thus far.

For millions, malaria day is every day. Each waking hour is a battle against this killer disease. Pakistan is considered a high-risk country for malaria, so it’s very relative to our efforts at Shine Humanity. The impact malaria has on communities exemplifies the reasons behind the importance of quality health care which we aim to provide.

Do your part by looking into this year’s malaria campaign and educating yourself and others about what’s going on around the world. See how your help can play a role in the battle against malaria.

During National Public Health Week which started yesterday, we celebrate World Health Day today which was first championed by the World Health Organization over 60 years ago. In efforts to draw attention on a worldwide basis to a subject of major importance to global health, the WHO chooses different topics each year that effect everyone’s life. This year the focus is on food safety, which has been made a very serious issue as the effects of globalization have changed the way we receive food, how it is made, and where we get it from. Changes in food production, distribution, and consumption are considered new threats to food safety and more are still emerging as globalization expands. Other threats include changes in the environment, new pathogens, and antimicrobial resistance. National food safety systems are challenged as travel and trade are increasing, which increases the likelihood of contamination that can potentially spread internationally.

According to APHA, each year 2 million lives are lost due to unsafe food. Over 200 diseases are linked to food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemical substances. The majority of people will experience some sort of food borne disease at some point in their lives. This is why it is crucial that we take any steps possible to help educate ourselves and others about the ways we can prevent eating food that isn’t safe. We should be able to feel certain the food on our plates is safe, but we all must practice awareness. For starters, follow these Five Keys to Safer Food published by the WHO:

  • Key 1: Keep clean
  • Key 2: Separate raw and cooked food
  • Key 3: Cook food thoroughly
  • Key 4: Keep food at safe temperatures
  • Key 5: Use safe water and raw materials.

This week marks the 20th anniversary of National Public Health Week, in which each year we shine light on significant issues in efforts to improve our nation as well as other ones. This year’s theme, Healthiest Nation 2030, is meant to address the problem surrounding the fact that we spend an enormous amount on health care compared to other similar countries, yet we still face some of the highest rates of infant mortality, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. In hopes to galvanize communities and get people involved, the APHA and other organizations feature daily themes in order to spread awareness and educate the public, including policy makers and practitioners. It’s an important time where new ideas are discussed and valuable information is spread about the health issues that threaten our families and communities. The primary aim of the event is to reduce the effects and consequences of many health conditions and diseases by preventing their onset or tackling any symptoms early on. During this time, we also celebrate our individual health and take the time to acknowledge the groundbreaking contributions made by public health.

Make sure you check out the NPHW.org site to follow the different themes for each day and educate yourself on how you can make an impact in public health!

Caitlin Maltbie

Child drawing water- Rahib Amro. SindhWorld Water Day

Water is among the most basic building blocks of human life. As Water.org puts it, “without water, life would not exist.” Each and every one of us is made up of water, ranging from about 78 percent from birth, to around 60 percent as we become adults. Serving a number of essential functions such as regulating our internal temperature and flushing our systems of toxins, it plays an essential role in maintaining good health.

While in the U.S. clean water comes readily available in different forms, it is scarce in areas like Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and Haiti. Disease runs ramped throughout the natural water resources which makes it difficult to find water that’s suitable to drink. The communities in these areas suffer as a consequence and are left in need of this crucial necessity. They are left without or with very little of this very basic building block.

Today, we celebrate International Water Day in an effort to spread awareness about the very real issue concerning the lack of clean water in various places around the world. Be mindful of the water you consume and acknowledge that somewhere someone is without it.

Caitlin Maltbie

CHILDREN OF RAHIB AMRO 2012

Today, March 20th, we celebrate International Day of Happiness. Depending on who you are asking, happiness can be defined in several different ways. A lot of the time, it’s measured by the things we own or the success we have achieved. However, I think we can all agree that good health is correlated with higher levels of happiness and an overall better quality of life. Unfortunately, many of us fall in the trap of taking for granted our health while others fight to stay alive. The health care we receive is understood as a basic human right, while for others it’s a last hope. It’s important to realize how significant the role health plays in our lives. Let us be grateful today, and the days to come, for the good health and care we have, and appreciate how it allows us lead happier lives. 

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Caitlin Maltbie                                                                                                                                                                      Intern, SHINE Humanity

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We would like to thank all our friends, supporters, donors, and volunteers for making it a successful event! Special shout out to Ghazala Dinshah for making it one of our most exquisite events to date! Thanks to Shahnawaz restaurant for going above and beyond the basics. Special thanks to Spectrum A/V Inc and Mediaflint for all their light, sound, and multimedia support. Zarposh Jewels by Zeba Masood, Travel Plus, Art by Ruby, and Mrs. Shaheen Awan for their generous raffle ticket gifts. Thank you, Umar Hussain you were great, Saad Haroon and Mujahid khan for the entertainment! Thank you to Safeer-e-Pakistan! We’d also like to thank the Hyatt Regency Long Beach for hosting us!
Thanks again to everyone, SHINE will continue to Shine!

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