Humanitarian Service

Heart to Heart International

Our Mission: Heart to Heart International is improving global health through initiatives that connect people and resources to a world in need.

Heart to Heart International has been creating a healthier world since 1992. Through volunteer-driven efforts, we provide medical education, deliver medical aid, respond to people in crisis and address community-health concerns around the globe. Heart to Heart has one goal: Transform lives through service - one volunteer and one community at a time.

Heart to Heart International was one of the first humanitarian organizations to respond to the devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed more than 230,000 people and is one of the few organizations still there providing healing and hope.

Haiti continues to be a strong focus for Heart to Heart. They have taken up residence with 3 full-time coordinators in place to work closely with volunteers and local officials and have a constant flow of volunteers and medical supplies to Haiti.

Heart to Heart is working on several fronts in Guatemala to create healthier communities around Lake Atitian. Heart to Heart supports dozens of medical teams traveling to Guatemala every year to impact health and are actively working in the Solola region with local groups, schools and officials to address several community-health concerns.

The main focus is on preventing water-related diseases. The Solola region has one of the highest incidence rates of childhood diarrhea due mainly to its proximity to a source of contaminated water, but also complicated by sanitation issues and hygiene practices. The approach relies heavily on empowering residents to participate in improving the health of their own communities. We are supplying each school in several communities with water filters, so they have a reliable source of clean water and can reinforce good hygiene practices. Heart to Heart is working with several partners locally to address sanitation issues, including reconstruction of toilets and sewer lines.

Heart to Heart volunteers typically work for 7-10 days in the region.

International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

IMC is different in that it puts emphasis on training local personnel. By providing health care through training, International Medical Corps challenged "indeed, changed" the very definition of relief.

International Medical Corps has gone on to provide lifesaving care in more than 50 countries worldwide, responding to nearly every emergency in the last two decades. It deploys quickly in emergencies and then stays on to teach life-saving skills so that people locally can become self-reliant. Its training assures continuity and a new level of care for those impacted by conflict, tragedy and extreme poverty.

Over the years, International Medical Corps has responded to the world's most devastating man-made and natural disasters, including:

  • Famine in Somalia
  • Ethnic cleansing in Bosnia
  • The Rwandan genocide
  • Atrocities against children in Sierra Leone

More recently, International Medical Corps was a first responder after the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. International Medical Corps is also among the dwindling number of humanitarian agencies still working in Darfur and Iraq.

International Medical Corps offers many exciting ways to get involved, whether working with its professional staff in the United States or with its field-based experts in offices around the world. Its volunteers work with an emergency response team to deliver life-saving care after a disaster, teach farmers about sustainable agriculture, and even build roads and clinics for poor, rural communities. International Medical Corps works on initiatives such as these in the U.S. and over twenty other countries around the world and its volunteers are critical to its success.

Emergency Response Volunteers: International Medical Corps' emergency response team works to minimize the loss of life and alleviate the suffering of disaster-affected populations across the globe. The volunteer focus during this devastating time is the provision of life-saving emergency health services, primary health care, public health, and emergency nutrition. International Medical Corps is looking for highly trained medical staff to add to its emergency response roster, which requires that volunteers be willing to deploy rapidly "usually within 72 hours and for a duration of 2 weeks." (Preference is given to those able to deploy for longer durations.) In most instances, volunteers will be required to pay for their own flights, but will receive a food allowance for each day spent in the field, shared housing, and emergency medical evacuation insurance.

Hope Shines, Inc.

Hope Shines, Inc. is a mentoring program dedicated to enhancing the lives of orphaned children. Through meaningful activities with strong role models, both foreign and local to their community, Hope Shines offers children in need continuous opportunities for empowerment, encouragement, and education. We develop and foster relationships in local communities, with the goal of continuity in mentoring, better personal hygiene and medical practices, and education. Hope Shines provides a culturally empowering experience for our volunteers so they may learn about and appreciate the community in which they are working.

Hope Shines, Inc. runs comprehensive and educational weeklong camps in July-August in Kigali, Rwanda with physical exams held in-between the two orphan camps. Our camps include arts, crafts, sports and nutrition; personal hygiene and AIDS/HIV education; self-esteem and gender equality building exercises. We provide the vulnerable children we work with an outlet for fun and creativity.

-Volunteer for 1 camp and physicals (2 weeks) or 2 camps and physicals (3 weeks)
-Donate money towards organization

Contact Number:  (917)727-HOPE (To Give)
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