Sadly, hardly a day goes by when there is not a story about the plight of refugees trying to escape the horrors of conflict in some part of the world. The stories of desperation and fear will tear at your heart, making you want to find some way to help.
One of the great advantages of living in the United States is the access we have to excellent healthcare. Unfortunately, in some parts of the world people still needlessly die because of lack of vaccines for diseases that have been eradicated here.
For example, approximately 1.5 million children die every year from diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea, measles and polio that are preventable with vaccines.
Take polio, for example. This horribly debilitating disease attacks the nervous system and can cause muscle weakness, paralysis and even death. While eradicated in the US in 1979, polio has recently reemerged in areas that had been polio-free for years and is currently endemic in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Angola, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are also experiencing a resurgence in polio cases.
Specifically, the Foundation is making a contribution to Shot@Life that will provide 10,000 polio vaccines to children.
As Shot@Life Director Devi Thomas said in announcing our contribution, the world is close to eradicating polio. It is my hope that our support will play a role in putting us that much closer.
The mission of the Shot@Life campaign is to educate, connect and empower Americans to help protect children in developing countries from vaccine-preventable diseases, as well as provide life-saving vaccines to children in need. If you would like to learn more about Shot@Life or to donate, fundraise or advocate, I encourage you to visit the organization’s website by clicking here.
In keeping with the mission of the Tariq Farid Foundation to alleviate suffering by providing for the basic needs of food and healthcare, and to improve lives through the support of education and skill development opportunities that enable individuals to reach their full potential, I am pleased to announce our support of four additional organizations.
Tommy Fund is an organization that helps low-income families with children who have cancer.
Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence is a shelter that provides services to over 7,000 victims of domestic violence and their children each year throughout the Greater New Haven, Greater Naugatuck Valley, and Shoreline communities.
Bloom Again Foundation is an organization that provides help and resources for low-income women with serious medical illnesses.
I am truly grateful that we are able to help these very worthwhile organizations.
As I have written before, one of the pleasures of realizing the American Dream is that it creates opportunities to share that success with others, especially those who may not be as fortunate. I hope you will join us in supporting worthwhile organizations in your area.
Following is a current list of organizations supported by the Tariq Farid Foundation and the Farid Foundation, with links to each if you would like to learn more.
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Bloom Again Foundation (California) – provides financial support for low-income working women who are facing serious illness.
ICNA Relief USA – New York City organization supporting shelters for abused women.
Inner-City Muslim Action Network (Chicago, IL.) – donation for a health fair which includes encouraging healthy eating habits among youth and to provide low-income youth backpacks for the upcoming school year.
Islamic Center of Wallingford (Wallingford, CT) – Muslim house of worship.
The website offers more information on my new philanthropic, non-profit corporation whose mission is to alleviate suffering by providing for the basic needs of food and healthcare, and to improve lives through the support of education and skill development opportunities that enable individuals to reach their full potential.