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A new member of Horyou platform, the Haiti Cholera Research Funding Foundation (HCRFF) invests in education and awareness to prevent health issues in developing countries

Pierrette Cazeau

Despite being born in Haiti, Pierrette Cazeau grew up in New York and Florida, in the US, and thus was never aware of the country’s challenges until she first visited it as a grown up-woman. She was struck by the challenges faced by its population on a daily basis – lack of health infrastructure, corruption, abuse, poverty and hunger. That changed her life as she decided to devote her time and efforts to build a Foundation and use education to prevent such disasters as the 2010 cholera outbreak.

«You can’t predict natural disasters or climate change effects, but you can educate people to prevent and reduce poverty. Without education, you just open the door to the negative effects of the unpredictable», says Pierrette, founder of HCRFF. The NGO was created in 2013 and has since developed many projects to support and empower communities facing health and social problems. «We’ve seen so many victimized people sitting quietly, and that escalates anger and hate». Economic and social problems, she believes, are part of a cycle that comprises disruption, refugee crisis and racism.

Syphilis Project

Focusing on education, the foundation organizes workshops for students coming from challenging backgrounds. In addition to preparing them for work via professional education, and providing them with food, HCRFF also raises awareness of topics like HIV prevention (PrEP and PEP), sexual abuse and other sensitive topics that are critical for the new generations. The NGO also helps Haitians to get access to health care in the US by providing them with transportation, shelter, advocacy and even translation services whenever needed. It also supports pregnant Haitian women left behind by UN peacekeeping soldiers.

The next step is to expand the Foundation services to other countries including Ghana, in Africa, where it intends to start an education campaign on HIV and other STDs. «We need more sponsors as we never charge anything for the services we provide to the communities», says Pierrette. For the last three years, the NGO has been funded by partners, but new sources of financial support are needed. One of the plans is to organize a Marathon for People Living with HIV and raise funds for the cause of education for prevention. «One thing I’ve learned from my father is that education can’t be taken from you. It stays with you forever. I’m grateful for all the educational opportunities I’ve had and I wish more people keep benefitting from it as well».

Cancer is still a taboo in many parts of the world. Especially in Asia, where there is an urgent need to raise awareness of the disease and to support people cannot afford to get the right treatment. For 10 years now, EMPOWERED – The Cancer Advocacy Society of Malaysia, has acted on these critical issues, helping and enlightening communities who are suffering from the lack of information and hope. In this interview with Wallance Cheong, project executive at EMPOWERED, a new member of our Horyou platform, shares the values and missions of this organization with our community.

Empowered team during Colorectal Cancer Awareness, Screening & Treatment Project

When was Empowered founded?

EMPOWERED was officially registered with the Registrar of Societies Malaysia in 2008 and is governed by an Executive Committee Board consisting of elected volunteers. It was founded by Dr. Christina Ng, a Consultant Medical Oncologist and our program started from year 2009 onwards. The organization is an ally of the poor who are afflicted with cancer.  EMPOWERED is committed to helping them to cope with cancer and life through the society’s many structured and personalized programs, and we bring these programs right into their homes. Our mission is to save lives, to prevent cancer and eliminate suffering amongst the poor.

Empowered’s Milestones

Your organization raises awareness of a condition that is considered taboo by many. How do you set the tone to discuss it with the general public?

The cancer awareness level, particularly in Asia, remains a challenge and some may perceive cancer as a taboo to be discussed. All the myths and misunderstandings about cancer are generally due to the lack of the right education and knowledge. Thus, we constantly raise public awareness and advocacy through our tailored campaigns and projects, educational exhibitions and talks, workshops etc. Furthermore, in accordance with society’s vision and mission, we actually bring these programs and supports right into the underprivileged communities home. We enable our EMPOWERED professionals to touch the hearts of the public.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness, Screening & Treatment Project

Do you have any plans and projects for 2018 that you would like to share?

We will carry out our annual signature campaign – Colorectal Cancer Awareness, Screening and Treatment Project (CCASTP) 2018. However, unlike previous practice, we would like to heighten public awareness level of cancer issues by organizing a Charity Run. The run is planned to be carried out in November, in conjunction with EMPOWERED’s 10th Anniversary and the Lung Cancer Month, and we are expecting about 2,000 people to join us.

You are a new organization in our Community. Tell us about your expectations and projects for Horyou.

We understand Horyou is an esteemed, established platform and action-oriented social network for the social good; EMPOWERED is honoured to join as a member of this big family. As time goes by, we expect to reach a wider public, raise public awareness and advocacy of cancer and generate funding and support for the sustainability of EMPOWERED’s projects with the aid of Horyou. 

SDG#6 is an inspiration for Water Energy and Sanitation for Development (WESDE), an active member of our Horyou community. With the aim to fill the gap left by civil society organizations in terms of Health and Environment Education and Integrated Water Resources Management in Cameroon, WESDE faces security, infrastructure and funding challenges to bring development to urban and rural populations in the far North region of the country. Interview with Marie Louise Kongne, WESDE National Coordinator.

WESDE team acting in Cameroon

What are WESDE’s main goals?

While improving significantly the sanitation, hygiene and housing conditions of disadvantaged populations, we aim to reduce the percentage of the population that does not have sustainable access to a drinking water supply. We also want to train and educate people to sustainable management of water resources and the protection of the environment, trying to reverse the current trend of loss of environmental resources. In order to do so, we seek to cooperate with national and international organizations, develop and maintain partnership, exchange and learning relationships. Last but not least, one of our objectives is to accompany the community in the fight against HIV / AIDS in order to stop its spread and reverse the current trend.

Tell us about your main achievements in 2017 and your plans for 2018

In 2017, we helped to raise awareness on education and training of 125 community health workers to work closely with families in 9 health areas on 12 main themes. In total, more than 43,000 households were visited. We also had an active participation in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) coordination meetings of the far North region under the co-lead of UNICEF and the far North Regional Delegation of Water and Energy and, as a Partner of Global Water Partnership (GWP) Central Africa, we contributed to the WASH resilience project in the Mayo Tsanaga sub-basin. In 2018, we aim to implement the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach in 150 villages of 3 pilot health areas as part of the support of the government to improve sanitation conditions in rural areas.

What main challenges do you face in your work?

We have no appropriate vehicles, as we need 4X4 vehicles to reach many areas. The self-financing mechanism is still very weak and there is not a long-term program, which could be at least 3-year renewable. Also, we develop our activities in a context of high insecurity (by Boko Haram)

Your work is closely connected with the SDG#6. In your point of view, how important is it to have a global agenda for water and sanitation?

In comparison with Drinking Water Supply, sanitation has often fallen behind government and donor concerns; however, this situation is moving in the right direction as sectorial strategies are increasingly putting sanitation at the top of the agenda. Recent studies have shown the importance of sanitation for improving health, promoting social development and protecting the environment. It has also been shown that Sanitation interventions are particularly effective in terms of cost reduction if we judge the increase in productivity that they induce and the decrease in the diseases and deaths that they allow. With this in mind, in the framework of the International Year of Sanitation (AIA) by the United Nations in 2008, the African continent, with the support of the African Ministerial Council for Water and Sanitation (AWCOW) organized the AfricaSan conference in Durban in 2008. This regional conference culminated in the ambitious eThekwini ministerial statement, stressing the importance of leadership in sanitation and recommending that 0.5% of GDP must be spent on sanitation.

There are many faces to inequality, and just as many ways to deal with it

Photo: UNDP

A few days ago, an 11-year old was prohibited entry to a shopping mall, in the metropolitan area of São Paulo, Brazil. The security guards claimed he was too young to walk through the mall unaccompanied. The kid was startled as he pointed to other minors hanging out unbothered in that same mall – with no adults. The unspoken reasons, he and his mother later said, were his color of skin and the unsophisticated clothes he was wearing. For he, indeed, is poor, and does not fit into the mall’s ‘dress code’, that middle-class shopper sanctuary.

Income inequality has many faces. It may be a boy who is not wearing the right clothes, and it may be a woman who is not earning a man’s salary for the same position and job; all situations that reflect one of the biggest challenges of our times which is what the SDG number 10 addresses: how to build a more equal and fairer society among and within countries.

According to the UNDP, the poorest 10 percent earn only between 2 and 7 percent of total global income. And inequality is on the rise: in developing countries, it has increased by 11%, with consideration to population growth. Solutions are multidisciplinary – they require strong institutions, regulation of financial markets, development assistance and support on migration and mobility. There must be stronger policies for vulnerable groups like women, children, refugees and people with disabilities, as well as more funding of and support to NGOs whose work has a positive impact on reducing inequalities.

Many members of the Horyou community are tireless workers towards reaching this SDG. And speaking of people with disabilities, the Horyou platform hosts a very active member organization called Nos, Why Not? It is the first photo agency whose workers are photographers with intellectual disabilities. Based in Spain, it offers them visibility and promotes inclusion through training and providing them with work opportunities.

Another active member of the Horyou community is Serviço de Obras Sociais, a Brazilian NGO which seeks partnerships with the government and private sector to support vulnerable populations such as the homeless and migrants.

If you wish to support this SDG, you can do so through Horyou. Go to Horyou platform and choose an NGO or project that helps promote equality in your region or anywhere in the world. Your support can be made easier and more effective with Spotlight, our digital currency for impact. Check it out and start using it to engage in any cause you feel concerned about. Be the change, be Horyou!

Fundada em 1985, a Casa Pequeno Davi é uma organização incansável no compromisso com crianças e adolescentes em vulnerabilidade social e em situação de rua. Desde os anos 1990, o trabalho social realizado na capital da Paraíba, João Pessoa, vem se ampliando para atender ao entorno familiar de crianças e adolescentes, atuando também em escolas do bairro do Roger, onde funcionava o lixão metropolitano, e também no estado do Ceará. Hoje, a Casa Pequeno Davi é uma organização que atua nos espaços de formulação de políticas públicas (conselhos, fóruns e redes), conquistando parcerias ao longo do tempo e conquistando a credibilidade da comunidade e da sociedade em geral. Leia mais sobre esse membro ativo da nossa plataforma Horyou!

A Casa Pequeno Davi promove atividades de apoio a crianças e adolescentes na Paraíba e no Ceará
A Casa Pequeno Davi promove atividades de apoio a crianças e adolescentes na Paraíba e no Ceará

Quais são as principais inspirações para o trabalho da Casa Pequeno Davi?

A defesa dos direitos, o respeito à pessoa humana, a ética, a responsabilidade, a transparência, participação, a igualdade e a democracia plena.

Que tipo de impacto a organização deseja causar no mundo?

Uma sociedade justa e responsável, onde os direitos humanos, sobretudo de crianças e adolescentes, sejam respeitados e efetivados.

De que forma as redes sociais e a tecnologia influenciam no dia a dia da organização?

Maior visibilidade da organização por parte da sociedade em geral, possibilitando novas parcerias. Ainda com a possibilidade de inserção do público (crianças, adolescentes e familiares) na chamada inclusão digital por meio dos cursos, oficinas oferecidos pela instituição por meio das parcerias.

Quais foram as principais evoluções da atuação da organização em relação à comunicação e as novas tecnologias?

Visando ampliar sua visibilidade, a organização investiu na comunicação, utilizando todos os meios de comunicação possíveis (site, blog, redes sociais, campanhas e materiais impressos). Hoje, a Casa Pequeno Davi é uma organização de referência na área defesa dos direitos humanos, em especial de crianças e adolescentes no Estado da Paraíba.

A organização faz parcerias para promover atividades variadas com as crianças
A organização faz parcerias para promover atividades variadas com as crianças

Qual a importância de participar de uma rede social do bem social como a Horyou?

No mundo globalizado, a participação em uma rede social com a amplitude da Horyou, é de fundamental importância para ampliar a escala da visibilidade institucional. A conexão com outras organizações, o compartilhamento dos objetivos e das ações fortalece a metodologia do trabalho para o alcance da missão.

Vivemos em uma era de constante transformação. Quais são as mudanças positivas que você deseja para a sua comunidade e para as gerações futuras?

Acreditamos que, em primeiro lugar, precisamos de uma consciência ambiental globalizada porque as gerações futuras dependem do nosso comportamento atual. Não é mais possível conviver com o desrespeito em todos os níveis, seja entre as pessoas, seja com o ambiente em que vivemos.

Estamos contribuindo para a formação cidadã de crianças e adolescentes que são prioridade absoluta, de acordo com o Estatuto da Criança e do Adolescente. Esse público precisa ter seus direitos efetivados na prática para que possam ter melhoria na qualidade de vida e um amanhã diferente.

A Horyou é a rede social do bem social. Conectamos e apoiamos iniciativas sociais, empreendedores e cidadãos que promovem a implementação dos Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável da ONU, para que possamos construir um mundo mais harmonioso e inclusivo. Seja a mudança, seja Horyou!

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