HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh

Miami, FL

Our mission is to provide health services to needy people in Bangladesh, particularly the women and children in rural areas.Established in 1999 by Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, a Bangladeshi-American, HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh was created with the goal of serving those most in need. Bangladesh has an extremely high maternal, infant and child mortality rate. Most of these deaths could be prevented with a mass education program of preventative health and early intervention to manage infectious conditions as well as provide basic treatment. The ratio of healthcare workers and health facilities is extremely low and consequently, the health needs of this country are vastly unmet. Medical treatment is often ill equipped to provide the necessary treatment. There are currently 300 beds in this area to treat 2 million people living in Cox’s Bazar. Dr. Mahmood, being a Pediatrician, wanted to make a profound impact on the lives of his people and provide services for those who otherwise could not afford it. Through tireless fundraising, HOPE’s team raised enough money to build a 40-bed hospital in Ramu, Cox’s Bazar, as well as 8 HOPE Medical Centers in rural areas. In addition to primary care, HOPE’s hospital boasts: Emergency & Trauma TreatmentPediatricsMaternal CareDiagnostic ServicesTraining CenterOutreach & Education Programs Specialized Care in Obstetric Fistula Repair, Cleft Lip & Palate Repair, and Burn Treatment & Rehabilitation Where We WorkHOPE Hospital: Our 40-bed hospital in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh serves the impoverished in the area. We charge 80% of the normal medical costs, or free if patients are unable to pay at all. The pillar of where our work takes place, HOPE Hospital is providing an immense amount of treatment and services. On average we are seeing over 25,000 patients a year.HOPE Medical Centers: HOPE Medical Centers are small health clinics set up in rural villages, increasing access to healthcare in hard to reach areas. As most of our patients are overwhelmingly disadvantaged, transportation to HOPE Hospital can be difficult, or completely impossible. By setting up these clinics, HOPE is able to serve even the most rural of areas. HOPE Medical Centers also serve as referral centers if a patient requires advanced treatment at our Hospital.

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Children's Defense Fund

Washington, DC

The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) was established in 1973 and continues to serve as the leading independent voice for all children in America focusing on the essential needs of every child, especially those most at risk due to poverty and inequality. CDF advocates for the best interest of children through rigorous research, public education, youth leadership development, and community-based programs every day nationally and locally in 29 states across the country. CDF advances its mission by providing scholarships, college preparation, and ongoing support to high school sophomores through their college years, particularly those who have overcome obstacles and challenges in their lives. CDF’s Freedom Schools™ reaches over 12,000 children and trains over 1,500 college-age emerging leaders annually with a focus on reading enrichment, self-esteem and empowerment, and motivation to make a positive difference in their communities. CDF conducts rigorous research and publishes reports each year to guide government officials and policy leaders toward practices that will make a meaningful and lasting positive impact in the lives of each child. National campaigns led by CDF include The Cradle to Prison Pipeline™, Protect Children Not Guns™ and Be Careful What You Cut™. Founded by Marian Wright Edelman, the first Black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, the Children’s Defense Fund maintains its independent, bipartisan voice to hold policymakers accountable and to deliver local, community-based initiatives that make a lasting difference in the lives of children.

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The Ocean Project

Providence, RI

The Ocean Project advances ocean conservation in collaboration with organizations around the world. We are the global coordinators for World Oceans Day, a fast-growing celebration of our ocean, held annually on June 8 and with ongoing involvement year-round. Strategies for Achieving our MissionThe Ocean Project network has grown to include approximately 2,000 organizations in over 100 countries. We support our aquarium, zoo, and museum partners, youth groups, and many others with strategic communications guidance, resources, and tools to help them engage their visitors and the public for conservation action, at the personal, community, and societal levels. Through our global leadership for World Oceans Day, our network has diversified immensely and now includes organizations representing not only aquariums, zoos, museums, and youth groups, but also recreational interests, especially diving, sailing, boating and surfing, the tourism and hospitality industry, universities, schools, businesses, environmental and conservation NGOs, artists, the maritime industry, and communities of faith.To help grow the reach and impact of World Oceans Day, we activate, connect, and demonstrate worldwide support for ocean conservation on June 8th and then use those connections to generate involvement throughout the year. We have been growing World Oceans Day as a global rallying point for action that unifies organizations and captures people's imaginations to catalyze enhanced awareness, modify behaviors, develop the political will, and foster important measurable societal changes, locally, nationally and internationally.Our core values underpin everything we do. We are data driven, having conducted the largest market and public opinion research initiative ever, to measure changes in awareness and action and identify opportunities for action. We focus on creating positive solutions, pursuing innovative ways to achieve positive outcomes in both the short- and long-term. We continually identify strategic opportunities to complement and add value to others' efforts to be most effective.We focus not on enhancing our own brand image, but on improving our partners' individual and collective efforts to improve the health of the ocean and create a more sustainable society. By brokering connections and providing market research and analysis, and related education and communications strategies and tools, we have built strong respect and trust among our network of partners....

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BreastfeedLA

Hawthorne, CA

BreastfeedLA is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of infants and families through education, outreach, and advocacy to promote and support breastfeeding.BreastfeedLA (formerly known as the Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Los Angeles) formed in 1994 by a group of dedicated volunteers who wanted to make a difference in the breastfeeding rates in Los Angeles County. BreastfeedLA incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation in September of 2001.GOALS & OBJECTIVESFacilitate the acceptance of breastfeeding as the societal norm for infant feeding.Create a supportive public environment for breastfeeding and the use of human milk.- Conduct outreach and facilitate networking to broaden the base of active breastfeeding support.- Increase the incidence of positive breastfeeding messages in the media.- Work together towards systemic change by educating public officials, institutions and the community about policies and practices that promote, protect and support breastfeeding.- Educate both employers and employees about the benefits of supporting breastfeeding in the workplace, and how to create a breastfeeding-friendly work environment.Capacitate the healthcare system to effectively support exclusive breastfeeding and the provision of human milk to human babies.- Advance a breastfeeding-friendly model of health care delivery to effectively support exclusive breastfeeding and the provision of human milk to human babies.- Promote breastfeeding awareness and education for healthcare providers and administrators.- Highlight the cost-effectiveness of breastfeeding as a way to manage health care costs.Establish BreastfeedLA as a trusted source of breastfeeding information and resources.- Provide comprehensive web-based information and resources for lactation and other healthcare professionals and consumers.- Produce, maintain, and distribute a free print and web-based publication listing breastfeeding resources and information in Greater Los Angeles.- Provide educational programs tailored for professional, paraprofessional and lay audiences.- Foster the development of local expertise as well as facilitate learning opportunities from nationally renowned breastfeeding experts....

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