World Relief Seattle
For Kent’s newest East Hill residents, many of whom relocated here as refugees and asylees representing over 50 nations, few have access to healthy foods, culturally appropriate ingredients, and the opportunity to connect to their agrarian roots by growing fruits and vegetables themselves. Hillside Paradise Parking Plots Community Garden is changing that. Construction for Change & 3030 Project, in partnership with World Relief, King Conservation District and Hillside Church is re-imagining a one acre portion paved parking lot donated by Hillside Church to create a community garden and build out a teaching kitchen.
Many of the past and present refugee and asylee participants of World Relief as well as the diverse community in Kent have agrarian backgrounds. However, living in apartments, in a fairly densely urban city offers little connection to the soil and a chance to grow food. Especially culturally appropriate fruits and vegetables that are not available in the local grocery stores. Most of World Relief’s participants use public transportation and live in certified food deserts in the East Hill and West Hill areas of Kent. It
has been a dream of theirs to provide a community garden and teaching kitchen for refugee and immigrant community members.
The purpose of the garden is to grow culturally appropriate foods that promotes a healthier lifestyle, improve food access, foster
economic independence and build community. With an easy one bus connection, the garden will be uniquely situated to meet the needs of refugees and immigrants in the East Hill neighborhood which includes East Hill Elementary where students from over 48 countries are
educated and 65% of the student body qualifies for free and reduced lunch subsidies as well as West Hill neighborhoods.
The garden will be open for public use and easily accessible by the nearly 900 immigrants and refugees settled annually in the area by World Relief. Having a place to grow fresh, healthy, culturally relevant foods is the goal of the Hillside Paradise Parking Plots.
WPC Nepal | Hetauda House
For 14 years, Women’s Protection Center Nepal (WPC) and Hetauda House have been fighting to eradicate human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and children. Major programs include advocacy, healthcare, educational & preventative workshops in surrounding Nepali towns and villages, safe housing, and HIV/AIDS awareness & training.
CfC and WPC aim to rebuild the Hetauda House, a safe house in the Makwanpur District of Nepal that was damaged by the earthquake. This new facility will provide a secure home for women and their children where case management, advocacy-based counseling, tutoring and educational development, and vocational skills training programs are available.
WPC Nepal targets women and children who have been rescued from human trafficking, or from abusive or abandoned homes. WPC Nepal seeks to empower women and girls by providing:
- a safe environment with consistent routine;
- financial resources to complete their education through the 12th grade (Nepali schools are not free, and students who can afford it typically complete after 10th grade);
- one-on-one and group tutoring;
- computer literacy training;
- culturally appropriate counseling and therapy;
- six month vocational training program (sewing & hand crafting skills), and subsequent employment/subsidized marketplace access through the Nari Alliance
WPC Nepal, Hetauda House and Construction for Change have a shared vision that this facility will inspire and empower women and girls to take an active role in changing attitudes and culture in Nepal.
Early intervention through high-quality and consistent education will combat exploitation and decrease marginalization. Equally important, it will give women and girls the tools to find and express their self-value and their independence. The home we seek to build will provide safety, solace, hope and promise. It will undermine the efforts of human traffickers by expanding current agriculture programs, a chicken farm, clean water, and sanitation. These provisions will alleviate the desperation driving so many Nepalese parents to trust that a stranger can promise their child a better future than they can.
With an expansion of the vocational training program, women will have the opportunity to move beyond the caste they were born into, and take their place in the world as educated, capable, confident, and employable. This program will break the cycle of poverty.
Hope Through Health
Kara Region, Togo
Hope Through Health (HTH) believes that every individual deserves access to high quality healthcare regardless of the latitude and
longitude of their birthplace. They deliver effective, efficient, community-driven healthcare in the underserved nation
of Togo, West Africa.
- The Adabawere Maternity Ward will be complete in September 2017 and include a one floor addition to the existing Adabawere Clinic which we are also renovating. The new maternity ward will include a waiting room, midwife office, hospitalization room (with 8 bed capacity), labor room, delivery room, newborn care room, midwife overnight watch room, birth attendant overnight watch room, and common office.
- The second phase of this project, beginning October 2018, will include renovations to the Djamde, Kpindi and Sarakawa clinics, which will include extensive repairs and renovations to the existing structures.
HTH, in collaboration with their partner organization, Association Espoir pour Demain (AED-Lidaw), and the Government of Togo, provides comprehensive healthcare services to over 1,600 individuals living with HIV/AIDS across 5 health centers in northern Togo. HTH recently expanded their services beyond HIV/AIDS care with the launch of their new Maternal and Child Health Program, which is providing improved maternal and child health services to a population of nearly 30,000 in four communities in the Kozah District of northern Togo.
To increase access to high quality healthcare provided at these four facilities in phase 1 and the next three facilities in phase 2. This will be seen through increasing utilization rates of these facilities. Provide care and provide women at least 4 prenatal consultations. Increase the amount of women having facility based deliveries from 33% to 85%. HTH emphasizes rigorous monitoring and evaluation processes to ensure high quality care.
“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”
– Nelson Mandela