The May 2017 EPES Update and Celebrating 35 Years…

Check out the full EPES Update here!

Message from the AHA President

Dear friends of EPES and AHA,

EPES is far from resting on its laurels in 2017, the 35th anniversary of its founding as a project of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile (IELCH).

Already this year they have delivered the eighth International Course on Popular Education in Health, (fondly referred to as la Escuela), bringing the total number of trainees since 2010 to 150 (from 19 countries). Talk about ripple effect—that has to be a major splash! The impact of the Escuela has been particularly strong in Kenya, where the Hope Foundation for African Women is replicating the EPES model after founder Grace Mose attended the Escuela in 2010 (followed by fiveothers in 2014).

Also in this Update, you can learn about EPES’ continuing activities in emergency response and advocacy for a tobacco-free Chile, as well as about an exciting healthy schools program that emerged from a 2016 EPES workshop, just to mention a few.

Finally, I draw your attention to the announcement of a benefit concert to mark EPES’ 35 years and thank the wonderful donors and supporters who have made it all possible. If you are anywhere near the Twin Cities on September 23, I hope you will join us in celebrating this remarkable journey we have been on together. If you can’t be there physically, we will hold you in our hearts with gratitude for all you have done to help EPES fulfil its mission to contribute to health, dignity and justice for the people of Chile.

In gratitude for your continuing solidarity,
Christina Mills MD FRCPC
President, Action for Health in the Americas

EPES Update May 2016: In-depth Focus on the Escuela Internacional

AHA is exMay2016UpdateCovercited 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 Escuela2016Mapmethodologies 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!

 

 

 

The EPES December 2015 Update is here!

EPES Update December 2015

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!