November 2011


Are you one of our awesome supporters in the UK or Ireland? Well Todd Shea is town! Having recently spoken at the GlobalGiving corporate seminar in the UK, he will be in the area at a variety of events until December 10th. Curious as to how you can show your support and attend? You can contact him at toddsheacdrs(at)gmail.com or via phone at +1 447424440546.

If you’re in London on December 9th, don’t miss out on a chance to attend “An Evening with Todd Shea,” sponsored by UPF, LSE PakSoc, Kings PakSoc and Juvenile Dignitaries.

“The evening will begin with a presentation by Todd Shea on the flood and earthquake affected areas in Pakistan followed by a musical evening…All proceeds will go to CDRS (Comprehensive Disaster Response Services), a non-profit social welfare organization established by Todd Shea after the 2005 earthquake. CDRS has responded to the earthquake in 2005, the Swat IDP crisis in 2009 and the flood emergencies in 2010 and 2011. CDRS, with its partners SHINE Humanity and Global Giving UK, also works to develop sustainable healthcare systems in rural and disaster affected communities in Pakistan.”

  • Tickets: £5 for students, £10 for non-students
  • For purchasing tickets please contact:
  •              Zachary Latif: 07958698598
  •              Zeeshan Suri: 07536494132

Visit http://www.facebook.com/events/108806435901931/ to RSVP.

Great news! SHINE Humanity has received its determination letter from the IRS which states that the agency is a Public Charity described in section 501(c)3 of the tax code. Contributions to the agency are exempt from Federal Income Tax retroactive to April 2009 when the agency was incorporated. Thank you for all of your support – your donations to SHINE keep our efforts strong and growing!

It has only been a few days since our “holiday shopping guide” came out via email informing all of our supporters how to support SHINE this upcoming holiday season, and there is already great news! Though that email had been about the Tribute Card Campaign going on from Nov. 23 until the end of the year, there was also some information on GlobalGiving’s gift cards. The details of the gift card grant is below:

  • “For every 500 gift cards, ecards, or print-at-home cards sold on GlobalGiving.org between Nov 1, 2011 12:00:00 AM EST and Dec 31, 2011 11:59:59 PM EST, a $500 grant will be made to a high performing project on GlobalGiving.org. A group of anonymous donors have provided enough funding for 20 grants. Only gift cards purchased online using a credit card or PayPal are eligible for the gift card challenge. Please note that GlobalGiving maintains the right to make a final decision on all matters concerning the adjudication of unique gift cards and the final results of the Gift Card Challenge.”

So what’s so great about all of that? GlobalGiving chose SHINE’s Kashmiri project to be its second recipient and JUST yesterday, the 500th card was purchased to “win” us a bonus grant! Therefore, we just wanted to say THANK YOU for helping us receive more money to help fund our relief efforts. Every bit of help you offer makes a difference in so many lives. Thank you!

Armadeus Davidson of EMPACT Northwest traveled to Pakistan to help SHINE with some of its relief efforts in Sindh for flood victims. He records his thoughts on the trip by posting a video on YouTube! Please watch and hear about the impact working in Pakistan with SHINE has had on him.

The total number of patients served in the month of October is 262 which includes 76 males, 132 females, 61 children and 19 families.

The activities that were focused on by different trainers and staff were:

  • Group Therapy for Seniors
  • Group Therapy for Children
  • Community Outreach Café Event  (supportive listening)
  • Consultation & Education
  • Individual Therapy

Our implementing partner in Japan is Kokoro Wellness Network (KWN).  Receptiveness varied in different temporary housing communities. Some were very receptive and many people joined the group session, where others had limited numbers of participants. KWN collaborated with housing staff to encourage attendance and also teamed up with a nurse to provide medical and mental health services together. Volunteers had to stay very flexible in what and how to provide services at each housing. They have used familiarity with the local dialect and different therapy techniques (including music and movement therapy).

A Halloween event was planned. The decoration materials were shipped and volunteers helped the community to decorate and plan Halloween events to promote community relationship and to prevent isolation (plan to have children visit each house and for adults to prepare candies for children). The event was very successful.  Many people including children and seniors participated and they were able to connect with each other. They were also more receptive to our services and approaches.

Since sand play was received very well as one of the median for therapeutic tool/activity, the team is  working on an instructional video to staff and volunteers at temporary housings. The team is also working on a video for relief workers and volunteers regarding burn-out, vicarious trauma and survivor’s guilt.

Chikar, Azad Kashmir: During the month of October, we were able to treat 315 patients including women and children. Our activities focused on providing on-going primary care (physician consultation and medicines). We have temporarily suspended services in Chikar pending an fresh Memorandum of Understanding with the new administration that will include a community co-pay scheme.

Namhoter, Azad Kashmir:  Our teams carried out basic health checks and provided medicines to patients.  A total of 176 patients were seen, including 71 children.

Shikarpur, Sindh: This tertiary care center provides in-patient care to acutely ill children. In October, we treated 1,389 children for gastro-intestinal and respiratory illnesses.

Swat, Khyber Pakhtunwa: With the help of our key donors, Canadian-based International Development and Relief Foundation and our ground partner Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS), the full service mother child health center is now in its third full month of operations. The women and children here have access to Outpatient Care, Emergency Care, a Pharmacy, a Safe Birth Center, a Laboratory, and Ultrasound facilities.  A total of 1,986 patients were taken care of, at the facility in the month of October.

Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunwa: A new Community Healthcare Center opened its doors in Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunwa. The Center is a collaboration between SHINE Humanity, IDRF and HEART Canada with CDRS as the implementing partner. The building was ready to be handed over by the owner on Oct 19th. The equipment, medicines, stationery, furniture and the patient beds were delivered shortly after. We were successfully able to open Outpatient Services here on October 26th and started providing medicines and initial checkups to the patients right away. By the end of the month a total of 400 patients were seen. The patient load is proved to be more than what was anticipated.

Sindh Flood Mobile Medical Team: Throughout the month of October, SHINE Humanity and its implementing partner CDRS have been providing mobile medical services to recent flood affectees in Sindh.  This follows earlier food distribution effort in September. The flood medical team has conducted medical camps in the following districts: Tando Allahyar, Tando Muhammad Khan, Hyderabad, Badin, Jamshoro, Mirpur Khas, Sangar and Umar Kot in the last one month and treated 5,325 patients.

“Pakistanis are the strongest people, a resilient people —- the Americans need to understand they have nothing to do with terrorism, the young Pakistanis want economic opportunity.” – Todd Shea

After speaking at a fundraising dinner hosted by George Mason University’s Pakistan Student Association, Todd Shea was interviewed by a reporter from the Associated Press of Pakistan. He answered questions about his history and how he helped start (and continues to work with) SHINE Humanity; the article also contains information about the other speakers present at the dinner. Please click the link to read the full article – http://app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=165793&Itemid=2

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