The number of immigrants and immigrant families seeking asylum has reached record highs. Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security began busing and flying immigrants from areas on the border where they enter the United States to other towns deemed able to accommodate the overflowing populations.
“Our mission has always been to help people in need, and right now there is a huge need within our own country’s borders,” Kim Carroll, HHI CEO, said. “While we have not been able to provide hygiene items to every detention facility, we are helping thousands of people who have nothing, and we will not stop working to bring health to these people who desperately need it right now.”
In July, members of our disaster response team traveled to towns in Texas and southern New Mexico to meet with partners, including Save the Children and Catholic Charities, and other local community leaders to determine additional ways to provide assistance and deliver aid to asylum seekers who had been processed through Customs and Border Patrol and were on their ways to their U.S. sponsors. The health needs of the children and families in the temporary transit centers were immense.
We first began addressing this issue in 2014 with the onset of the unaccompanied minor crisis. initially worked the National Latino Evangelical Coalition as they were setting up housing facilities for unaccompanied minors in California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Arizona and Texas.
We continued our work by providing hygiene kits, blankets, medicines and medical supplies to Save the Children and Catholic Charities.
The first shipment of OPERATION EBOLA relief aid left Heart to Heart International’s Global Distribution Center today, September 8th, 2014.
Eighteen pallets of medical aid and supplies were loaded into a FedEx truck bound for Liberia, to be used by front line health workers in the fight against the Ebola Epidemic. This first shipment contained massive quantities of supplies desperately needed in the field. Watch the video…
Wrapped up and on the way are thousands of needles and syringes courtesy of BD, one of HHI’s long time corporate partners. Also in the shipment – thousands of exam gloves and thousands of face masks. All items that health workers need, items that are running low or have run out in the fight to stop the spread of Ebola.
Help us ship more aid! Donate now to sustain OPERATION EBOLA and help save lives in West Africa.
Heart to Heart International has returned to the Philippines – leading a second team of volunteer medical providers to operate makeshift clinics and bring healthcare to people in far-flung regions of the island nation.
This follows the first wave of our Typhoon Relief Operations and the successful deployment of more than two dozen medical volunteers and staff in November/December of 2013 to areas like Tacloban and Ormoc in the wake of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. You can read about those efforts HERE, HERE and HERE.
This second team is smaller but more mobile, as they travel across the central Philippines by air, by vehicle and by boat in order to reach quite remote locations. The folks living in these areas, Isla Gigantes for example, were pummeled by Haiyan/Yolanda, yet have seen very little aid – and no medical attention to speak of.
So far, the team – made up of three HHI staff, a doctor, a physician’s assistant (PA) and 4 nurses – has met and treated nearly 400 people in just a couple of days. From here, the team will travel to the large island of Samar, visiting communities that took the full brunt of the typhoon and are still dealing with the aftermath.
Click on the images below to see more from the Heart to Heart International team in the Philippines…