Giving Back to Colorado and the World At Passport Health Colorado, we meet with members of our community every day that are traveling to all corners of the globe. While we strive to help every individual prepare for a safe and healthy trip, we know that there are people here at home and all over the world that need help beyond what we provide as travel health specialists. On this page are the efforts that we support to give back to our community both locally and globally. We hope that our clients can feel like they are a part of these efforts, since we couldn’t give back without their patronage. We also hope that by promoting these worthwhile causes, we can encourage you to do what you can to help them achieve their goals. Children’s HopeChest (Bringing Hope 5K Race) SOUP! (Shots Offer Unrivaled Protection) The Rise School of Denver Compassion International Hope for Rwanda Gala II – The Rwanda Leadership Foundation The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training Colorado Friends of the Lost Boys of Sudan Bringing Hope (5K Race) PPH Colorado’s Michelle Reesman and Jane Barnard at the Race This race supports Children’s HopeChest in taking care of Swazi children at two locations: Gege and Mahlabaneni. The information below was taken in its entirety from the Children’s HopeChest website: This small country in Africa has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world, giving it the name, “Nation of Orphans”. Generations of people in this country have been decimated by AIDS leaving many children orphaned and alone, without anyone to call mom or dad. The average person in Swaziland only lives to be about 46 years old. Because there are virtually no orphanages in Swaziland, these children are literally left to fend for themselves without any means of survival. Widely held myths and misunderstandings about AIDS have left many girls vulnerable to sexual abuse and infection of HIV. Young children throughout Swazi are often found to be the head of the household, caring for all their younger siblings and other children who have no one. Orphans are left susceptible to malnutrition, disease, and abuse. Children roam the streets unclothed and hungry looking for answers and for someone to care for them. Due to this harsh reality HopeChest has created a place for orphans to find refuge, a place to be loved and fed – a CarePoint. The HopeChest Solution In Swaziland, HopeChest partners with another organization, Adventures in Missions. Both organizations collaborate daily with local Swazi pastors to ensure that the orphan’s medical, physical, educational, emotional, and spiritual needs are met. Pastors in Swaziland oversee many of our ground programs and are the fire behind development. HopeChest highly values these relationships with local leaders. Through community sponsorship: kitchens, daily feeding, weekly discipleship programming, wells, school buildings, community centers, and garden projects are possible. Overtime, CarePoints in Swaziland will grow to be self-sustaining, enhancing the lives of both the children and the community. The most important part of our work in Swaziland is through our Discipleship Program. We have hired local believers, to mentor, build relationships, and most importantly to look after the spiritual wellbeing of the children. They do this through weekly bible studies, and counseling sessions with all of the children involved at our CarePoints. The number of orphans that HopeChest impacts is growing rapidly, and we want YOU to be involved. HopeChest is currently serving over 4,000 children through nineteen CarePoints in Swaziland. But there are still thousands of children that need support. To learn more about Children’s HopeChest and the Bringing Hope 5K Race Click Here To donate directly to Children’s HopeChest Click Here SOUP! (Shots Offer Unrivaled Protection) For over a decade, the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) has worked to increase childhood immunization through coalition building, provider education, community outreach, and legislative advocacy. As a way of thanking its partners and supporters in a fun and creative way, the nonprofit has hosts the annual SOUP! Event. Passport Health Colorado has been an event sponsor for the soup-tasting event yearly since 2009 and helped raise awareness and more than $10,000 annually for childhood immunizations. The event also honors Colorado’s “Big Shot of the Year,” in addition to networking and celebrating. Guests sample a variety of soups, breads, and desserts from Denver’s premier restaurants and vote for the Best Soup and Most Creative Soup of the year. The event draws hundreds of Colorado’s pediatricians, physicians, nurses, educators, legislators, and public health experts to further CCIC’s mission of working with local physicians, nurses, and health departments to get kids the immunizations they need to stay healthy. To learn more about SOUP! (including the winning recipes), visit CCIC The Rise School of Denver Rise & Shine Golf Tournament Research shows that early intervention in a child’s life will provide the means to become a productive, independent and social community member. The Rise Program strives to encompass key developmental aspects that will have a meaningful and lasting impact on each child and family. The Rise School of Denver began in 2003 when a group of motivated parents concluded that the metro area needed a comprehensive preschool program that focused on early intervention for children with disabilities. Modeled after the Alabama Rise School which opened in 1974, the program offers: full day classes, small class sizes, an excellent teacher-to-children ratio, an inclusive environment, and the delivery of therapies within the context of the preschool day. These services are offered to children with and without identified special needs such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Angelman Syndrome. The Rise & Shine Golf Tournament supports the efforts of the Rise School of Denver. Passport Health Colorado has been an event sponsor since 2008. Click to learn more about the Rise School of Denver Compassion International Sponsoring children in need is breaking the cycle of poverty. Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults. Founded by the Reverend Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion International began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education, and health care along with Christian training. Today, Compassion International helps more than 1 million children in 25 countries. Click to learn more about Compassion International Hope for Rwanda Gala II The Rwanda Leadership Foundation A recent New York Times article stated, “In the early 1990’s, Rwanda reinforced all the worst stereotypes of Africa: wretchedly poor, torn apart by war and seemingly destined to be an international basket case forever. Yet now it is becoming the little nation that could. It is clean, safe and enjoying economic growth more than twice as fast as the USA or Europe. Wherever you go in Rwanda people know about the 20/20 vision program of President Paul Kagame who has his sights set on developing Rwanda into a High Tech society – which he describes as the Singapore of Africa. President Kagame proclaims, ‘We are no longer Hutu’s and Tutsi’s. We are one people, speaking one language with one goal – to become the finest nation in all of Africa.'” In less than a decade Bishop John Rucyahana has established the Sonrise Orphanage and Boarding School for students 8 – 18 years of age – many of whom lost their parents in the genocide of 1994. Recently named the number one school in Rwanda, Sonrise School represents an example of the future and hope for Rwanda. Passport Health Colorado was the dinner sponsor for the Hope for Rwanda Gala II in February of 2009. Master of Ceremonies was Channel 9’s Bazi Kanani. The special guests for the evening were Bishop John Rucyahanna and Immaculee Ilibagiza, author of the book, “Left to Tell – Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust.” Immaculee told her story of faith, hope and forgiveness and how she survived with seven other women for three months in a small bathroom where she was hidden by a Hutu pastor. This powerful evening of inspiration and information was held in the Ballroom of the Wildlife Experience. The gala helped to support the Computer Technology Center at Sonrise School, a project of the Rwanda Leadership Foundation. Click for more information and to learn how to donate to the Rwanda Leadership Foundation Click for more information about the Sonrise School and The Mustard Seed Project Click for more information about Immaculee Ilibagiza The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training Organized by Travel Health Specialist and owner of Travel Med Inc. San Diego, Gina Flaharty, NP, TEAM PASSPORT HEALTH is raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, and myeloma from taking more lives. Over the past 20 years, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training (TNT) has grown to become an unparalleled sports training program. More than 389,000 participants, from first-timers to seasoned athletes, have trained with the Team and achieved their best at marathons, half marathons, triathlons, 100-mile century bike rides and hiking adventures. Gina’s team members are completing their events in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line – a cure! Please visit Gina’s TNT Page Click for more information on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training Colorado Friends of the Lost Boys of Sudan The Lost Boys of Sudan were among nearly 16,000 boys (ages 5 to 11 at the time) forced to flee from their southern Sudan villages in 1987, when Islamic militants from northern Sudan attacked their villages. Most women and girls were killed or captured; villages burned, and parents shot. In an instant, the young boys were forced to become men in order to survive. The Lost Boys trekked for years up to Ethiopia, back to Sudan, and finally to a refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya. Many thousands were killed by soldiers or lions and other wild animals. Others drowned or were eaten by crocodiles as they crossed rivers. Still more died of starvation and disease. The Lost Boys who managed survive spent 9-10 years of their lives in the Kakuma Refugee Camp. Colorado Friends of the Lost Boys of Sudan (CFLBS) is committed to assisting in the education, job training, and general welfare of Sudanese refugees known as The Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan who have been displaced by civil war in Sudan and are currently living in Colorado. CFLBS was formed by Jean Wood, a retired high school teacher, who had been deeply moved by reports of the plight of the young men and women of Sudan. Because the financial needs are great, the CFLBS Board writes and submits grants to various foundations, as well as conducts fundraisers. CFLBS is governed by seven-person board, including one Lost Boy leader from the Sudanese refugee community. Meetings are held approximately once a month. There is no formal staff, nor is the board compensated. Board members and volunteers perform all “staff” functions. 100% of proceeds go into helping the Lost Boys. It is the goal of the CFLBS to see these young men and women become fully self-sufficient, educated, healthy, and contributing citizens of Colorado. The mission includes helping them to one day return to Sudan as educated adults and start the rebuilding process in their beloved country.