March 2015

Child drawing water- Rahib Amro. SindhWorld Water Day

Water is among the most basic building blocks of human life. As 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


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!