Thanks so much for supporting HWH!
Kristen is now a partner with HWH, standing with Afghan women for education for healthcare. Kristen’s book, A Rope and a Prayer is one of our recommended books for a better understanding of the complicated relationship of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the complicated relationship of the United States with Afghanistan and Pakistan. Kristen narrates a gripping story of the power of witnessing and support behind the scenes. We welcome Kristen’s partnership and resolve as a support for young Afghan women wanting to help women heal in Afghanistan.
Thursday, February 24 at 6:30PM
Ascension Church (St. Matthew’s Parlor), 31 Country Road, Ipswich
Discussion to follow with Umesh Bhuju and HWH co-Founders, Rachel Williams and Patty Kean. Find out the latest from the ground up!
Sponsored by HWH & Zumis
I wanted to thank you SO much again for coming down to Philly to talk with us here!!! Also, please extend our warmest thanks to Dr. Romanzi as well for giving such a compelling presentation!!! I have already heard some feed back from students and they LOVED her talk!!!
Erin A. Rocchio
President, Surgery Club
HWH was truly excited to present at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on Monday, February 7, 2011 from 6-8PM in the Zedeck Auditorium. The presentation featured Dr. Lauri Romanzi, MD, is on the Board of Advisors for HWH. She is an internationally recognized reconstructive pelvic surgeon, who will talk about her work in developing countries repairing fistulas and the broader issue of women’s health in developing countries. Scenes from the documentary Motherland Afghanistan will be shown and John Abdulla will speak about the work of HWH. Ultimately the event encouraged medical students to learn more about the plight of women in developing countries, while also providing tangible opportunities to partner in solidarity with these women. Many thanks to the sponsors of this event: the Surgery Club, Ob/Gyn Club, American Medical Women’s Association, Physicians for Human rights, and the Muslim Medical Association. And we are so thankful for the efforts of PCOM student Vicki Lawn and her team who have worked tirelessly to put this event together – to partner with Afghan women!
The Spirit of Life Catholic Community is now a partner with Help Women Heal, Inc. in 1) facilitating education about women’s lives in Afghanistan and 2) facilitating medical education and healthcare for Afghan women. www.spiritoflifecommunity.org
Unconditional welcome is the driving force of this community. Everyone is invited to come as they are, knowing that they are included in the Circle of God’s Love. It is a safe place where Catholics can explore their spirituality without fear of judgment. All members of Spirit of Life are icons of God’s love for one another. Our commitment is to help each other grow into all that God is calling each of us to be.
Harmonie is a recent graduate of the Global Health Masters program at the University of California San Francisco. She completed her undergraduate studies at Samford University in Alabama with a double major in International Relations and Pre-Medicine. Harmonie has lived in France, Burkina Faso, Northern Ireland, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. She is fluent in French and Persian. Since 2003, Harmonie has been working intermittently in Central Asia. In 2007, she spent a year in Tajikistan studying Persian with American Councils for International Education, where she received a Fulbright scholarship.
Currently her area of interest is in Afghanistan. For her master’s degree, she designed a research project looking at the development of self-immolation among young Afghan women in the western city of Herat, Afghanistan. Harmonie is planning on attending medical school in the fall of 2011. She has long term plans of working internationally as a medical doctor, serving in the areas of women and children’s health worldwide.
Once again, the members of Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua are standing in solidarity with Afghan women and Help Women Heal’s efforts to raise awareness regarding the tragic health and welfare conditions for Afghan women! Not only are we grateful for their financial contribution, but perhaps even more so, for the hope they have given all of us at Help Women Heal and Jeena & Beena.We would like to share the principles and purposes of this community. We find them to be very inspiring and obviously, they walk the talk! Read more »
To all the members of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashua, NH: Thank you for you generous donation ~ we are all deeply inspired by your support and mission statement!
The Social Justice committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, grounded in our UU principles, is committed to making our church a force for positive social change in our community and in society at large.
We advocate for peace, justice, compassion and caring. We encourage all church members to be engaged, through their deeds and generosity, in issues of local, national and global concern, and to develop action plans in areas of particular interest to them.
We provide a forum for a wide range of ideas on issues of concern. We ask church members and friends to actively participate in educational programs on important social issues.
We work with UU churches, other religious congregations, civic, labor and social service organizations and all groups that are seeking to build a more peaceful, just and caring society.
The situation for the majority of Afghan women is dire. Contrary to popular perception, their situation has not improved since the fall of the Taliban in 2001: indeed, it is equally as bad, or in some areas, even worse than it was back then. Under a 2009 law passed by the Karzai government, women are effectively the property of their husbands or male relatives, who can dictate whether women can work, socialize, go out of the house, get an education. Any woman who tries to forge a path towards independence can be severely punished by beating or even death. Read more »