August 2011


SHINE Humanity is now seeking interns and community ambassadors!

Student interns will help with every aspect of program management including fundraising, grant coordination, multimedia development and social networking.  SHINE’s formal internships are unpaid but there is the possibility of acquiring university credit, referral letter and small stipend.

Community ambassadors throughout the country will support SHINE Humanity’s program development goals including: multimedia development and fundraising activities including campaigns and events.

For more information please email us at info@shinehumanity.org or contact us at (714) 665 – 2400.

Shabana before, during and after surgery

July and August have been periods of heightened activity in Pakistan. In July  SHINE Humanity facilitated care for 5,117 patients, of which 1,058 were in flood-affected communities, and 4,059 in non-flood communities. Our flood operations include support for

  • a Pediatric Center at Shikarpur Disrtict Hospital (Sindh) and
  • a Mother Child Center in Swat Valley.

Non-flood operations are centered around mountainous communities of Azad Kashmir, where SHINE Humanity has been active since the devastating 2005 earthquake.

The IDRF-sponsored Mother-Child Center in Swat opened its doors in August 2011. In the first two days of its operation, the Outpatient Clinic’s staff treated 46 patients. Project Manager, Usman Ali Shah reports that the number of patients who come to the center is steadily increasing on a  daily basis, as the community is becoming increasingly aware of the this mother-child facility through community meetings that are held by clinic staff.

The medical team in Swat is working in two shifts:

1)    from 9am to 1pm and

2)   from 1pm to 5pm

The goal is to increase hours to 3 shifts. Patients are charged a nominal rate of Rs 30 (US$0. 35) per visit and those unable to pay, receive care without cost. Patient and medication logs are maintained each day and weekly staff meetings are held to review and improve patient care and protocols.

In September along with a safe birth center, the Radiology and Minor Operating will be fully established. Given the high rate of gastro-intestinal diseases and poor nutrition among mothers and children, the team is also working on developing and implementing a nutrition program.

A New Micro Lab Donated by Hussaini Hematology and Oncology Trust

Through generous contribution from the Hussaini Hematology and Oncology Trust, Rural Health Care Center (RHC) in Azad Kasmir is the proud recipient of a new Micro Lab. The laboratory is in place at the RHC and is capable of handling over more than 30 tests that previously patients traveled two hours to complete at a lab in Muzaffarabad.

In Weeks and Months Ahead SHINE Humanity plans to launch an Outpatient Clinic in Charsadda (Khyber Pakhtunwa). We have also conducted a field assessment in flood-stricken Bangla Iccha and plan to respond to current flooding in the Sindh province by providing food and shelter for an artisan community in Kaloi.

Mental Health Services for Japanese Victims- An IDRF Grant

Through a $53,000 grant from the Canadian-based International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF), SHINE Humanity and California-based Kokoro Wellness Network(KWN) are collaborating to provide mental health support services to a community in Ishinomaki, Japan.  The Ishinomaki community was struck by the Tsunami in March 2011.

The $53,000 grant, targets shelter residents and medical and disaster response professionals like nurses, firemen, shelter staff, etc. who have been at the front lines of relief work. This project will provide individual and group counseling, using a myriad of culturally-sensitive techniques including:

  •  music
  • massage therapy

Staff will also develop and distribute public education videos to raise awareness of presenting symptoms and make communities aware of health resources available to them. The project is being staffed by volunteers from the United States and locally recruited and trained therapists. The goal is to serve 850 beneficiaries in a four-month period. SHINE Humanity welcomes KWN to its list of partner agencies.


The Ishinomaki community was struck by the Tsunami in March 2011.  The $53,000 grant from IDRF, targets shelter residents and medical and disaster response professionals like nurses, firemen, shelter staff, etc. who have been at the front lines of relief work.

In the next four months, this project will provide individual and group counselling, using a myriad of culturally-sensitive techniques including music and massage therapy.

Staff will also develop and distribute public education videos to raise awareness of presenting symptoms and make communities aware of health resources available to them

This collaborative project is staffed by Japanese-American volunteers from the United States and locally recruited and trained therapist.The project aims to serve 850 beneficiaries in a four-month period. SHINE Humanity welcomes KWN to its list of partner agencies.

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Through generous contribution from the Hussaini Hematology and Oncology Trust, SHINE’s new Rural Health Care Center (RHC) in Azad Kasmir is the proud recipient of a new Micro Lab. The laboratory is in place at the RHC and is capable of handling over more than 30 tests; Prior to this new care center, patients needed to travel two hours to complete such basic tests at a lab in Muzaffarabad.  As such, many did not take these vital tests thus endangering their health or risking worsening of easily preventable health conditions.

Shop at this special Labor Day folk art sale and support SHINE’s cause!  
SHINE volunteers in New Mexico are holding a fundraiser at the Museum of International Folk Art to benefit flood-ravaged Ralli-quilt-maker villages in Pakistan. One hundred percent of all sales of Pakistan-made folk art and Ralli quilts will go to support artisan families who have been victim to last month’s floods.


There will be something for everyone’s taste and pocketbook, including jewelry, 
hand-woven textiles, beaded bags, lacquerware, ceramics and the famous Ralliquilts.

Start the weekend off on Friday Night, September 2, at a wine, cheese and buying reception in the Folk Art Museum’s auditorium on Museum Hill from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. The sale continues on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 3-5, from 10am – 4pm each day. There is free entry to attend the reception or sale in the Museum’s auditorium.

For additional information, contact joannbalzer@earthlink.net.
Presented in conjunction with the Folk Art Museum’s exhibition, “The Arts of Survival: Folk Expression in the Face of Natural Disaster.”(To contact the Museum of International Folk Art about exhibit information, call: 505-476-1200.)
If you are unable to attend the sale and would like to help, please visit the RalliQuilts website http://www.ralliquilt.com.pk/urgent.html to make a donation to the relief efforts.

JoAnn Lynn Balzer
3918 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505
t: 505-982-1793
f: 505-988-7368
joannbalzer@earthlink.net

             

After five surgeries, Shabana, only six years old, still needs plastic surgery.

In December 2010, she was severely burned by fires that caught her small house in the remote, rural village of Chasahe.  To make matters worst, Shabana, her eleven siblings and parents were soon displaced by floods and had to move into a tent camp in Hisara.  Still, Shabana is a lucky little girl, her family cared about her (many girls who need medical attention are neglected because of lack of resources and religious beliefs) enough to listen to SHINE/CDRS medical team’s advice to treat her.

After five surgeries, Shabana still needs plastic surgery. Shine/CDRS is making arrangements for her treatment at Al Safia International Hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan.  Shabana met Todd Shea in 2010 when she began receiving the necessary care she needed and will continue to be cared for by the SHINE/CDRS team.

We wish Shabana and her family all the best.

 

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