April 2012


I am a mother

My heart aches when my child cries
from hunger but I don’t have the money
to buy him food.

I am a mother

My heart bleeds, listening to my child
moan in pain, but I don’t have the
resources to get him medical help.

I am a mother

My head bows in shame, for I cannot
provide my child an education, the one
thing that will change his future forever.

Give the Gift of Hope to a Mother this Mother’s day.

The mothers of Pakistan need your help.
Help Shine Humanity bring Health,
Happiness and Prosperity into these
mothers’ lives.
Tayyaba Hassaan

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This Mother’s Day: Honor your mother by giving to SHINE Humanity’s project “ Improve Health for Mothers and Children in Pakistan. “ Please click on the third giving option” gift or in honor of”.Your donation could help us qualify for the Global Giving  $500 Bonus Award if we have only 10 new donors. Please give as generously as you can and help us achieve this Bonus Award for all the Mothers today.

40 percent of the approximately 4500 patients seen monthly at SHINE Humanity/ CDRS’s post- flood affected charitable healthcare facilities in Charsadda and Swat are women who need nutritional supplements, maternity care and medical care. We believe improving a woman’s health, especially a socio-economically disadvantaged woman’s health, helps improve the health of her whole family leading to better development opportunities for all.

-$10 will pay for a month’s supply of iron and folic acid supplements for 3 women 
-$20 will cover a day’s supply of basic medicines for 5 women 
-$50 will pay for a single primary care service for 5 women
-$100 will pay for the inhospital delivery and care of 1 woman


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Remembering Haiti

To mark the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti and SHINE Humanity’s role in the initial relief response  a small gathering of SHINE Humanity Board members and Haitians including  an award winning producer/director,social worker, singer/realtor, an athlete, a surgeon, a lawyer and other Haitians met at TiGeroges’ restaurant in Los Angeles to highlight  some of the ongoing issues in Haiti. This  meeting served as a launching venue for Board member Ethan Casey’s latest book” Bearing the Bruise” where Ethan describes his lifetime involvement with Haiti.

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SHINE Humanity would like to thank all our  donors who contributed so generously towards helping us raise 520 pounds of food  for the Orange County Second Harvest Food Bank in December 2011. Your contributions helped provide 433 meals to the  local community. We  would like to  thank our volunteers Fizza Ashary, Neelo Faruqi, Aliya Ali, Haya Farooqui, Samiya Khan,  Samira Saleh,  Atiya Khan, Mara Bryant,  Shaheen K Awan and Farzana Naqvi for their help in making this food drive a success

December/ January Field Report

Charsadda: The Charsadda Community Clinic continues to provide outpatient and urgent care services to the flood- affected people still living in the neighboring tent villages and also those from elsewhere in Charsadda. 3,552 patients  received medical care   at the Clinic from Dec.1st, 2011 to  Jan. 31st,  2012.   Children under the age of 14 comprised half of the patient load, while females including girls under the age of 14 constituted two thirds of the total cases seen.           This center  is being run by support from individual donors and International Development and Relief Foundation with a nominal fee for affording patients.Medicines are provided free of cost through donations from  HEART, Canada.

Shikarpur: The SHINE Humanity/ CDRS  pediatric ward and the Civil Hospital pediatric ward in the flood affected region of Shikarpur provided care to 1329 children during the period of December and Janaury 2012.. Almost 52 percent of the patients were boys under the age of 14. Most of the children in this area suffered  from  respiratory tract infections, acute diarrhea, suspected cholera, suspected malaria and malnutrition.

Swat: There has been a continued increase in the number of patients in out patient clinic during  December and January. The total number of patients treated was 5,794, among which almost 92% were just women and children. The medical staff has also been counseling the patients about the importance of hygiene and health and medicines continue to be supplied free of cost. The center also has a functionng laboratory, EKG and Ultrasound services,

Problems with power outages have been overcome with the provision a  power generator and an Uninterruptible Power Supply. Power The community has been very positive and supportive of this project, expressing their appreciation of the services being provided here.

On Jan 21, 2012 the Shine Humanity Team comprising of  8 physicians, 6 nurses, 2 physical therapists, a respiratory therapist  and a pharmacist from the White Memorial Medical Center was led by our Board member Dr. Faisal Khan to  to provide coverage at the Bernard Mevs hospital in Port au Prince for one week. This team integrated their services with a 5 member pediatric team from Louisiana and worked together with Haitian doctors, nurses and other hospital staff  and  handed over responsibility to another team at the end of the week.

During this week, the team managed all kinds of cases from simple ones to complex blunt and penetrating trauma, multi organ problems, complicated wound management, complicated respiratory management, pediatric surgery and acute and chronic rehab and physical therapy as well as being involved in teaching of medical and nursing students from local institutions.

SHINE Humanity is proud of the dedicated volunteer specialists, many of whom were rendering their selfless service with us for the second time. We extend a special thanks to  Dr. Faisal Khan, Cesar Aranguri, Asad Khaja, Scott Jacobs, Sam Loh, Anne Walker,  Kandice Medina, Victoria Nidoy, Patty Rodriguez, Rhett Porter, Jesus Morales, Tami Ramsey, Percy Dignadice, Sylvia Sinaga, Robin Kim ,Tapan Sarker, Isaac Schmid,  and Agnes Ho for undertaking this mission.