The Winter 2013 EPES Update is here!

*Many of you will receive the letter below and corresponding December 2013 EPES Update in the mail this week, if you haven’t already! If you would like to be added to the AHA mailing list, please email us at ahaboard@gmail.com!*

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Dear Friend:

We at the Action for Health in the Americas (AHA) board hope you are enjoying this holiday season and, depending on where you are in North America, keeping warm. Our friends at Educación Popular en Salud (EPES) in central Chile don’t have to worry about staying warm just now, of course—for them the holidays correspond with the start of summer vacation!

This year, the holidays are especially meaningful to the people EPES has been working with in the coastal area devastated by the February 2010 tsunami. EPES recently accompanied them as they moved—after almost four years in emergency camps—to their brand new permanent homes, where they will celebrate Christmas and ring in 2014. This is possible because of the support many of you gave immediately and continued to give after the earthquake, enabling EPES help residents rebuild and to maintain pressure on the government to respond.

Other exciting accomplishments for EPES in 2013, which you can read about here, include:

  • Playing a key role in the passage in February of legislation that mandates 100% smoke-free public spaces in Chile, and training community groups to monitor the law at the local level;
  • Convening over 100 participants from five regions of Chile to participate in the second Interregional Assembly on the right to health, and launching a document of community assessments and policy proposals from over 90 grassroots organizations;
  • Conducting nutrition promotion workshops that proved extremely popular with community groups and that resulted in the distribution of a cookbook produced by the participants;
  • Intensive planning for the fifth International Training Course on Popular Education in Health, which marks the start of an ongoing collaboration with the Hope Foundation for African Women; and
  • Reuniting participants from the first four International Training Courses (participants returning from 7 countries) to present their work that grew out of the course.

Needless to say, the work never ends! EPES is needed as much in 2013 as it ever was. That is why AHA and EPES are incredibly thankful to have friends like you who continue to give, year after year. Once again we turn to you for your support. To give you an idea of how you contribution can help, your donation of:

  • $60 will enable us to print 500 pamphlets about the importance of breast cancer screening
  • $100 will support painting a mural in a poor community that will raise awareness about good nutrition, violence against women, HIV/AIDS, and other vital topics
  • $250 can fund a scholarship for one woman to participate in the nutrition promoter training
  • $1,000 can help support the pilot training program of community health promoters in Kenya

Please consider making an additional donation as a gift to a loved one this holiday season – if you include your honoree’s name and contact information as part of your mail-in donation form or online donation, AHA will gladly send them a holiday card letting them know.

Heartfelt thanks for your continuing support of EPES though AHA. On behalf of all of us, I wish you a joyful Christmas and a peaceful and happy new year.

Warm regards,

Christina Mills MD FRCPC
President, Action for Health in the Americas

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