The CHF International 2011 Annual Report is now available. This year, we have chosen as our theme Partnership in a Changing World. Partnership is at the core of CHF’s work and in a rapidly changing global environment, partnership is more important than ever. In his introductory letter, David Weiss, President and CEO of CHF International spells out our commitment to partnering to create positive change around the world:
I. Executive Summary
- EXCECUTIVE SUMMARY
Nutrition Situation Overview. As significant scale-up of emergency response since September/October 2011, in combination with the off season harvest and the Deyr (October-December) 2011 harvest has had a considerable impact on improving food access, acute malnutrition, and mortality levels in the southern Somali population.
As a result, famine outcomes characterized by evidence of of all three of the following outcomes, based on the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) version 2.0, are no longer existent in Southern Somalia:
After over 20 years of civil war and peace negotiations, South Sudan is faced with many challenges related to its newfound statehood. Large numbers of IDPs and refugees are returning, straining the local government’s capacity to deliver basic services and meet the needs of its population. Since 2004, CHF has demonstrated leadership in promoting economic development in South Sudan. CHF is currently implementing sustainable support to these returnees, providing economic opportunities, infrastructure development, access to water and sanitation, and civic awareness.
Silver Spring, MD (March 10, 2011) - CHF International (CHF), the Silver Spring-MD based international development and humanitarian assistance organization, announced it signed an agreement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to implement a two-year HIV and AIDS program in Colombia, with the possibility to extend it for another three years.
March 9, 2011-In response to the cholera outbreak that hit Haiti in late October 2010, CHF International has been training and mobilizing volunteers to deliver cholera prevention messages and directly reach out to people in affected communities. Funds from USAID/OFDA helped to pay for mobilization in five areas: Gonaives, Port-au-Prince, Leogane, Cap Haitien and Carrefour. All of the neighborhoods and communities that were visited by the mobilizers were selected based on the needs expressed by city and municipality officials and in coordination with other agencies working in the areas.
January 14, 2011-During the month of January, CHF is mobilizing across the Cap Haitien metropolitan area in an effort to prevent the spread of cholera. Haiti's second-largest city, Cap Haitien suffered the highest mortality rate in the entire country, spiking at 12.5% during October before leveling to 1.6% in December.
December 2, 2010-"I had heard something of this disease of cholera, but didn't have any information about it," says Nadine Charles, 20, who lives in Dufossé located in the outskirts of Gonaives a city in the northwest of Haiti. When her baby girl got sick she didn't know what it was. Her husband insisted that someone had put a voodoo curse on them and as he practiced the voodoo religion he performed rituals to remove the spell. But the girl died in the early hours of the morning and Nadine's only other child got sick as well.
November 16, 2010- As cholera sweeps through the country, CHF International is deploying its community mobilizers to distribute relief supplies, disseminate prevention techniques, and raise awareness of this devastating sickness. We are working in Port-au-Prince, Gonaives, Leogane and Cap Haitien to target over 37,000 families with cholera prevention techniques. In Gonaives alone over 1,000 households were reached through cholera prevention meetings and 12,000 posters with prevention messages have been distributed.
Rwanda's engaged government and dense and active network of grassroots associations, community-based (CBOs), faith-based (FBOs), and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are succeeding in making headway against the HIV/AIDS epidemic while also handling other public health crises, chronic food insecurity, and the psychological impact of the 1994 genocide. CHF International is working closely with these organizations to address vulnerability and build the resilience of people living with HIV and AIDS.
The FY 2009 edition of Building a Better World, our Annual Report, is now available.
This year's report has the theme 'Integrated Approach to Development' and focuses on CHF's ability to bring together communities, government, the private sector, local organizations and other stakeholders to provide integrated, holistic development programming in the communities where we work around the world.
The report has three main sections:
1) Who is CHF International?
This section, written for a broad audience, explains who we are and how we work, particularly addressing …
The deteriorating humanitarian situation, stifled economy, and high unemployment in the West Bank and Gaza mean that living conditions of Palestinians continue to worsen. The construction of the separation barrier has meant the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs for Palestinians who worked in Israel, and the tense security situation that continues to prevail in the region has substantially affected the lives of the more than 3.7 million Palestinians living in the area.
Five-Year USAID and PEPFAR-funded Community-based Care and Support Program to Benefit Over 70,000 Vulnerable Rwandan Families
On March 30, 2010, CHF International and USAID formally launched the USAID/Higa Ubeho program in cooperation with Government of Rwanda and program consortium partners.
This edition of Building a Better World describes CHF 's program activities around the world during the last year and, as it does so, it describes the many different ways in which CHF manifests its commitment to helping people realize their own aspirations for a better life. Applying this philosophy and finding new ways to do so in the urban arena, as it does in rural areas, is in CHF 's DNA. As different as our programs might look on the surface, the underlying principles of self-reliance and inclusion are the same.
More than 30 years ago, Aziza Nuriyeva started working as medical assistant at Shakhnazarli medical point, providing medical emergency, counseling and obstetrician services. She remembers the time, when she worked in a dark basement. The medical point building was built in 1985, but was seriously damaged in 2000 earthquake.
CHF International conducted an assessment covering Shelter; Infrastructure; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH); and Livelihoods from January 20 through January 29. The assessment covered North Gaza, Gaza and Middle Gaza and was conducted by CHF social workers. A total of 694 people were interviewed: 300 in North Gaza, 334 in Gaza and 60 in Middle Gaza.
On December 26, 2004, the second largest earthquake ever recorded erupted off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, triggering a series of tsunamis that inundated coastal communities with waves up to 100 feet high. Less than 18 months later, Indonesians were jarred awake early in the morning on May 27, 2006, by an earthquake that struck the city of Yogyakarta on the island of Java.
The human cost of these dual blows was compounded exponentially by the massive damage done to buildings, infrastructure, the economy, communities, and the environment.
(SILVER SPRING, MD, August 12, 2008) Deeply concerned over the conflict in Georgia and its impact on the civilian population, CHF International is immediately deploying an emergency response team to affected areas to assess humanitarian needs and to determine how CHF can best provide assistance to displaced populations.
Since 2004, CHF has supported community development in Georgia, enabling Georgians throughout the country to build economic infrastructure, develop livelihoods and enhance community capacity. With a nationwide presence and strong community relations, CHF also …
SILVER SPRING, MD, January 9, 2008- CHF International is issuing an emergency appeal for funds that will help alleviate the mounting humanitarian crisis in Kenya.
Local Participation as a Catalyst for Change
The problems faced by the communities CHF International works with are often exacerbated by a lack of social cohesion and understanding about how their combined efforts can have a far greater impact than when working in isolation.