BENEFITING: International Medical Corps
Be Prepared for the Next Major Humanitarian Crisis:
Natural disasters are becoming more and more common place in our current day and age. We do not know when the next big one will be nor where on earth it will be. But we do know that it will come and when it does, it will most likely affect the lives of many who will recuire immediate relief aid in order to address the destruction caused, restore order, and once again develop self-reliance.
Becoming a fundraiser for this "dormant" campaign is your opportunity to take action in preparation for the NEXT BIG ONE to take place!
International Medical Corps' Mission: From Relief to Self-Reliance
For nearly 30 years, International Medical Corps has worked to relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease by delivering vital health care services that focus on training, helping devastated populations return to self-reliance.
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide.
The establishment of International Medical Corps was a development that had global significance, not because it added another name to the pool of international relief agencies, but because it boldly declared the emergence of a new kind of relief agency. By providing health care through training, International Medical Corps challenged— indeed, changed—the very definition of relief.
International Medical Corps has gone on to provide lifesaving care in nearly 70 countries worldwide, responding to almost every emergency in the last quarter of a century. It deploys quickly in emergencies and then stays on to teach lifesaving skills so that people locally can become self-reliant. Its training assures continuity and a new level of care for those impacted by conflict, tragedy and extreme poverty.
Over the years, International Medical Corps has responded to the world’s most devastating man-made and natural disasters, including famine in Somalia, ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, the Rwandan genocide, and atrocities against children in Sierra Leone. More recently, International Medical Corps was a first responder after the 2004 tsunami in southeast Asia, the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. International Medical Corps is also among the dwindling number of humanitarian agencies still working in Darfur and Iraq.
By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.