End-of-the-year Activities at IMANA: Ways To Help Others Before 2022 Ends
22 November 2022
The year 2022 is almost over. You may be reflecting on the things you’ve accomplished over the past several months and are wondering how to make it an even more fulfilling year that you won’t regret.
The Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) encourages members and interested parties to celebrate their blessings and good fortune by inviting them to share their time and talent through some of its end-of-the-year activities.
Many of these year-end initiatives are geared toward helping others and serving those who have not been as fortunate.Stay tuned as we discuss various volunteer opportunities at IMANA and choose which one will be best for you.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities at IMANA
IMANA is dedicated to creating a more compassionate world. With your generous support, we are saving and changing the lives of people around the world by providing timely and effective aid — whether it’s by providing healthcare to underserved communities, distributing vital supplies, or facilitating water and sanitation projects.
So, if you want 2022 to be a meaningful year for you, it isn’t too late. Here are some year-end events that you can be part of:
IMANA has been actively engaged in providing emergency relief efforts in Pakistan since the devastating earthquake in 2005. Seventeen years ago, strong tremors shook the country and over 69,000 people were injured.
Last August, the country was again overwhelmed by a natural disaster. Devastating floods washed away villages and affected millions of people. Almost ten million children needed lifesaving assistance.
IMANA has been quick to respond to both tragedies by providing $1.6 million worth of critical supplies and medications to local clinics and hospitals. We also deployed response teams to provide emergency healthcare in camps situated in Sindh and Punjab.
We’ve completed seven missions so far and have provided free primary care to 13,733 patients.
How You Can Help
We invite you to join us by volunteering in our weekly Flood Relief Program. Volunteers whose applications are approved will be dropped off at Islamabad Airport by a representative of the Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS). Participants will be based in Swat, a beautiful valley in Pakistan and a popular tourist destination. All meals will be taken care of by CDRS.
You only need to pay for your flights to and from Pakistan; IMANA will take care of the rest. U.S. and Canadian nationals will also need to apply for a visa while individuals who have a National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) can enter without one.
Syria is facing the largest human displacement crisis the world has ever seen.
Over 6.8 million Syrians were rendered homeless due to the Civil War that began on the 15th of March. Some fled to neighboring countries like Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt while many remain internally displaced.
A small percentage of these refugees also live in UN-sponsored camps, most of whom are urban refugees with no access to healthcare facilities.
IMANA has provided $50,000 worth of medical supplies, 38,550 pounds of food, and over $50,000 worth of winter survival kits to Syria’s internally displaced population since the beginning of the conflict.
In 2016, we provided free treatments and medicines to urban Syrian refugees who were trying to rebuild their lives in and around Amman, Jordan.
So far, we’ve completed 20 missions and have provided comprehensive healthcare services to 30,240 patients.
How You Can Help
Our mission to make healthcare more accessible to refugees will continue in 2023 as well. So, if you wish to be a part of it, you can volunteer and help bring peaceful change — no matter how small — to the lives of our brothers and sisters in Syria.
Team members will be received and dropped off at Queen Alia International Airport by our partners, the United Muslim Relief (UMR). You only have to pay for your flights. Food, transportation, and accommodation will be arranged by IMANA.
Let’s Make 2023 Better
Physicians and allied healthcare professionals are encouraged to check IMANA’s volunteer page for more details. Whether you choose to serve Pakistan or serve Syria, it’s not too late to make 2022 a better year for yourself and others.
Together, let’s make the year more meaningful by providing timely medical aid to those in need. With your help, our end-of-the-year activities will allow our brothers and sisters in foreign lands to greet the incoming year with hope and better health.