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We Will Deliver! Week 3 Spotlight: Washington's Summit in Solidarity

We’re just finishing up our third week of We Will Deliver with nearly 70,000 dollars of our 100,000 dollar goal. We’re going to need some big final pushes from everyone over the next week and a half if we’re going to reach our goal for the mothers and children in Maryland County, Liberia.

In order to inspire you and get your fundraising gears turning for your last fundraising efforts over the course of this month, we’re sharing highlights from a cool and exciting fundraising event called Summit in Solidarity hosted by the Washington area PIH Engage Teams and then also share some more from a community health worker on the ground at the Pleebo Health Center.

First, let’s hear from Christina Elsberry, the team’s top fundraiser and Hannah Roberts, Seattle Team Coordinator, who organized the first Summit in Solidarity event!

Summit in Solidarity is a set of hikes put together by the Seattle, Bainbridge Island, and University of Washington PIH Engage teams. Each hike is themed around a different aspect of this year's PIH Engage campaigns, and started with a theme around maternal and child health as a part of We Will Deliver! (join in here)

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Where did the idea for Summit in Solidarity come from?

Hannah: The idea of summit was to engage the culture of the PNW by involving hiking in our advocacy and fundraising. People here hike all the time and often also post about it on social media. We really wanted to encourage people to use those posts as a way to advocate for global health issues that PIH is working on. We are tailoring each of the three hikes around the campaign topics this year: maternal and child health, tuberculosis and nutrition. 

What made you sign up for Summit in Solidarity?

Christina: It’s all my favorite things; supporting and learning more about a great cause, hiking with fun and friendly people and getting outside in the fresh air!

What was the goal of the first hike?

Hannah: The goal of the first hike was really to just engage the hiking community and open up the idea of the campaign. We centered it around maternal and child health and have raised over 1.5k for this hike alone. Our yearly fundraising goal is 3k so we are doing great! We also wanted to use this hike and the future ones to expand our engage network here in WA. Hiking with people was a great way to talk about our mission and vision.

What was the best part of the hike?

Christina: The best part of the hike was meeting positive people and getting outside. It was a super windy day that rained off and on, but we had fun! Reaching the top of the ridge and looking out to a gorgeous view was stunning! 

How did you go about fundraising for the hike?

Christina: I was inspired to do my part of fundraising and help the broader team reach their goal of $3,000. I began with customizing my PIH Crowdrise donation page with photos from the hike, a message and setting my goal. I sent an email to my wonderful friends and family. I also posted on my Instagram and Twitter with a link to my donation page. I’m still working on getting those last donations to reach my goal!

 What was your favorite part about setting up this fundraising and educational event?

Hannah: What I've enjoyed about putting this together is that hiking is a great way to bond with others and it's also important be physically active. It helps motivate and encourage people to be active in other aspects of their lives and that's our hope- that they will be active in advocacy. We saw that happen with the first hike. Everyone was eager to sign our petition for the REACH act and, especially after the elections, everyone felt that it was good to hike out some emotions, express feelings, open up conversations around political and health issues, and achieve a sense of empowerment at the end. 

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Spotlight on Pleebo Health Center #2:

This week, we’re excited to, once again, spotlight Mary Hnede A. Kondy, CHW Peer Supervisor with PIH at Pleebo Health Center and expand on what we presented last week. Once again, Anthony Blair, Community Health Officer spoke with Mary for us at the Pleebo Health Facility.

Mary: Right now, we have three persons in labor. The beds are filled. Two persons delivering, and the other moms are two to a bed. No space. We don’t have space for those who are in labor now, because there is no bed and no space to put a bed. So we have two patients each in a bed. That is a complete disaster.

Anthony: So what would be your recommendation to Partners In Health?

Mary: My recommendation to Partners In Health is that we need another station, because right now plenty of people are coming to deliver in the facility, but we don’t have space to keep the patients at least for 12-24 hours before going home. You have to monitor them after delivery to see who is bleeding and who is not bleeding for any change in their conditions. Right now we have two patients in each bed which is not conducive for their health.

The other person may have a different illness, though they are in labor or they are pregnant. Some may have malaria and the other person does not have malaria and they still can die from it. So the place is not conducive. The place is very small we need a spacious place. That’s our request. Please.

Join PIH Engage in working to fill Mary's requests. Help us fund Pleebo Health Center as a part of We Will Deliver! 

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