Member and partner organizations of the Alliance work to provide economic assistance to those in need in the United States and around the world. Helping fellow human beings, regardless of their ethnic, religious or cultural backgrounds, is a core principle of the Alliance, its members, and partners. Here are some examples of work we are doing throughout the world to provide economic assistance to those in greatest need:
Ethiopia: In August 2011, 5,000 Hizmet organization Kimse Yok Mu distributed care packages in the dry regions of Ethiopia. Volunteers also administered Malaria vaccines. In the regions of Harar, Mekele, Affar, Oramia, and Addis Abeba Central, 20,000 aid packages were distributed to 7,500 people.
Somalia: From August to December 2011, Kimse Yok My (KYM) treated up to 70,000 people in Somalia. Volunteers also restored Benadir Hospital and built a medical institute to train midwives, nurses, and laboratory technicians. The restoration of the hospital included renovating the operating equipment and outpatient rooms. Volunteer doctors provided outpatient services, as well as care to bed-bound patients.
Darfur: In order to combat blindness in Darfur, KYM launched the campaign, “Is Anybody There to Bring Light to Dark Eyes?” This effort provided cataract patients with free surgery. To date, Turkish doctors in Darfur have operated on nearly 6,000 cataract patients.
Peace and Sustainable Development: A Two-Way Relationship
Peace Islands Institute co-organized a panel on the relationship between peace and sustainable development with the Permanent Mission of El Salvador to the UN and The Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) on February 7, 2014 at the United Nations (UN). The event was held on the occasion of the 8th and last session of the United Nations Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. The panelists discussed how peace is essential for sustainable development and how economic, social and environmental development is necessary for durable peace.