AHA is excited to share this May’s EPES Update, a special edition that highlights the Escuela Internacional: EPES’ International Training Course that brings together participants from different countries with the common goal of leveraging EPES’ decades of participatory and community-based methodologies to empower the participants to bring those practices home. This past January, EPES hosted its 7th annual Escuela, bringing the total number of participants to 130 and countries represented to 18. For all of you who have supported EPES through donations over the past several years, you have helped make this all possible. Thank you again for your support and AHA hopes to continue to partner with you to ensure the Escuela Internacional and all of EPES’ other programming can continue well into the future. We hope that you’ll consider donating online using our secure form. AHA also accepts mailed donations via the address listed on our home page. ¡Muchas gracias!
Dear Friends of EPES and AHA:
We hope you like the new format of the EPES Update! This version is more streamlined and has fewer “pieces” for you to keep track of—allowing you to focus on the amazing accomplishments and ongoing efforts of EPES and, hopefully, reminding you of how far your donations can go.
This past year has highlighted how valuable EPES’ work can be:
- Leveraging their community-level disaster response and recovery capacity to work with victims of the September 2015 earthquake and tsunami—even while rebuilding from the April 2014 fire that devastated the poorest neighborhoods of Valparaíso continues.
- Planning for the seventh International Training Course on Participatory and Community Strategies for Health—which will be held in January. Interest and participation in this annual course continue to grow every year. In the first six courses, there have been 110 participants from 15 countries. EPES’ training model is being replicated in many places in Latin America and all the way to Kenya!
- Becoming a strong voice in Chile for health as a human right and mobilizing many organizations, communities and individuals to fight for this right.
In 2015, AHA has also sought to revamp our role as EPES’ advocates in North America. You’ll read about the exciting new #ChileTuesday campaign in this Update, but we’re also working to improve our website and provide more updates electronically—please share your email address with us if you haven’t done so already (either by noting it on the mailed donation form or when you make an online donation). We welcome your ideas for how AHA can continue to be a strong voice for EPES in 2016 and beyond!
As always, muchas gracias for your ongoing commitment to the work of EPES. In this world where there is so much suffering and need, we know that there are demands on your compassion (and pocketbook). Have a happy holiday season and a healthy and peaceful New Year!
Christina Mills MD FRCPC
President, Action for Health in the Americas
Click here to read about all the great work EPES has been up to in 2015!
Hello friends of EPES and AHA!
Most of you haven’t heard from me before, but I thought I’d give Chris, our Board President, a break from writing a letter this time. As I was proofreading this EPES Update – specifically the article about EPES turning 33 – I got to thinking how absolutely amazing EPES is and felt the need to share those thoughts. While I’ve always known EPES is a year older than me, for some reason I was struck by the fact that I’m 32 and EPES is 33. It could be that now, as responsibilities in my life and career pile up, I can better appreciate what an incredible feat it is for these four women to have founded a grassroots organization in very challenging circumstances, grown it to what it is today, and still be so committed 33 years later. I’m in awe of them and all the others who have become a part of EPES since 1982.
I feel incredibly lucky to have met Karen 9 years ago and been introduced to the work of EPES, which led to me helping with the development of Action for Health in the Americas and later serving on the board. Since those of us on the board are volunteers, other responsibilities sometimes keep us from doing more, but something keeps us connected and committed to EPES even a continent away. I know the same goes for all of you. As AHA board secretary I keep the records for donations and know that many of you donate to EPES year after year (often multiple times a year) and see that your support is critical to EPES’s continued operations in Chile and has allowed us to spread their model beyond Chile.
If you’ve known EPES for a while – as most of you have – you can see how much has been accomplished when you read through this Update. I remember helping to write one of the first grant applications for the work EPES would do with tobacco control in Chile, and now EPES is presenting its accomplishments at a prominent international conference. The International Training Course now has over 110 graduates from 15 countries. And Llareta just celebrated its 30th anniversary.
Truly an inspiration to me, and hopefully, to all of you as well.
Thank you for your continued support!
Secretary, Action for Health in the Americas Board