The Women’s Faith Forum is a gathering of women dedicated to helping and empowering other women’s visions. The Women are committed to sharing ideas, opportunities, and experiences to create endless opportunities by joining a diverse, knowledgeable group of women.
Amanda Schumacher hosted her first meeting for the Women’s Faith Forum at her home on November 13, 2009.
The small luncheon gathered over 25 women to help empower each other to be part of the Tree of Life Foundation International with various missions and fundraisers, bringing the women together to better serve each other and those in need.
Women’s Faith Forum Luncheon
Held at the Kravis Center on Thursday, January 28, 2010
Singer Performing will be Melky Jean (Wyclef sister)
Luncheon raised gifts, talents and resources; all money raised 100% went back to the organizations included below.
The Carma Foundation’s, Founder Melky Jean
Is a non-profit organization classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The mission of Carma is to measurably improve the health of poor and vulnerable women and children in Haiti. Carma Foundation effectively utilizes media and pop culture to create a platform of awareness, dialogue and action. Carma Foundation an urban spin on karma, embodies the belief of cause and effect behavior or practices to affect the lives of others. It is with this belief that Carma Foundation mobilizes others to not only care, but to become involved. Since its inception in 2007, Carma Foundation has already impacted the lives of tens of thousands of Haitian women and children and plans to extend its reach to the millions of Haitian citizens.
Friends of the Orphans
A 40-year-old nonprofit organization with regional offices in six states, Friends of the Orphans supports the NPH homes and their outreach programs through fundraising and volunteer efforts. Together, we transform the lives of NPH children by creating families for life through values of unconditional love, shared responsibility and education. This enables children to grow into caring and productive members of their communities. Every day, Friends of the Orphans supports more than 3,300 children in Bolivia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru. Since it’s founding in 1954, NPH has assisted nearly 16,000 children. NPH outreach programs, including the only free pediatric hospital in Haiti, serve more than 30,000 adults and children each year.
Their Mission Statement is: Friends of the Orphans is dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children through the support of the Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) network of orphanages in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Hospital Albert Schweitzer
Speech by Jennifer Grant- Founder’s daughter
Hospital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS) opened in 1956 in Haiti’s Artibonite Valley, fulfilling the dreams of its founders, Dr. Larimer and Gwen Mellon, to serve others with medical needs.
Larry Mellon, who had left his family home and a life of privilege in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a young man to become a rancher in Arizona, was inspired by a 1947 Life magazine article about Albert Schweitzer and his hospital in Gabon, West Africa. Larry began a correspondence with Dr. Schweitzer, and with his encouragement, attended Tulane Medical School where he began to study tropical medicine at the age of 42. While visiting Haiti to complete a malaria research project, Larry and Gwen discovered a setting for what would become their lives efforts. Named for Larry’s mentor, Hospital Albert Schweitzer Haiti opened as a 100-bed facility with diagnostic, clinical and surgical services.
Today, nearly 50 years after its founding, Hospital Albert Schweitzer is an 80 bed hospital and health system based in rural Deschapelles-Haiti, serving 300,000 residents of the Artibonite River Valley. Hospital Albert Schweitzer, whose success is seen as a model for health programs in other developing countries, is comprised of three interrelated and cooperative divisions: the Hospital, Community Health and Community Development.
The hospital facility serves patients in Medicine, Surgery and Pediatrics, while outpatient clinics serve patients on a daily basis. Two operating theaters, a laboratory, X-ray services, and a pharmacy combine to support a culturally appropriate level of care.
A separate tuberculosis village, L’Escale, provides initial treatment to patients during the infectious phase of the disease. Early in the hospital’s history, the professional staff was primarily expatriates. Now 98% of staff of all medical departments are filled by Haitians. The Hospital has 11,000 admissions each year and 52,000 clinic visits. Over 90,000 prescriptions are dispensed each year.
The greatest health challenges the hospital faces include malnutrition, Tuberculosis, AIDS (often coupled with TB), and an increasing number of trauma cases, mostly due to a recently paved road through the Hospital Albert Schweitzer district, and resulting car, bus and moped accidents.
Founder: Kaleiba Ngoie
Beautiful Congo, once a peaceful nation where women and girls freely worked their fields, where people fished, planted and hunted in the forest, where children joyfully walked to school without fear, is now the war-torn heart of Africa where over six millions lives have been lost, where tens of thousands of women and girls are sexually violated and critically wounded, where children die of preventable diseases and are unschooled, where men are humiliated and defenseless. Meanwhile, hope, courage and integrity thrive amidst the chaos. Please join us as we dare to hope for Congolese men, women and children, one life at a time. Please join us to bring peace and freedom to the Congo.
In Congo DRC, thousands of women die of cancer, without ever knowing what disease they have and without ever having the chance to get treatment.
Mission: Our commitment to the women of the Democratic Republic of Congo is to provide medical assistance, training and outreach programs to empower themselves socially and economically.