Gift the gift of EPES this holiday season!

Read about what EPES has been up to this year – your donations are what keeps this work going!

Dec 2014 Update MapAs another holiday season and the end of 2014 approaches, Action for Health in the Americas (AHA) is again seeking your support for the amazing work of Educación Popular en Salud (EPES). I am sure that as you read through the EPES Update, it will become apparent how critical EPES’ work has been not only in Chile but across the globe.

As you read about their work in fighting for stronger tobacco control policies or supporting community rebuilding in Valparaíso, you also may notice that EPES has been fortunate to have the support of larger organizations – such as the ELCA Global Mission, the ACT Alliance and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. What you may not realize is how indispensable the donations that you make through AHA are to the overall sustainability of all EPES’ programs. While the support of these large funders is crucial, the funds are designated to specific projects. The undesignated general funds are essential to maintaining the core work EPES has done for 32 years to support the dignity and empowerment of women and families in Chile’s poorest communities, by training and working with health promoters. Your support is what keeps this work going.

Since AHA was founded almost a decade ago, we’ve annually supported a significant portion of EPES’ operating budget. For 2014, we have a goal of raising at least $100,000 to support EPES – and while your support throughout the year has brought us close to our goal, we still have $35,000 to go.

I and the rest of the AHA board have faith that we can meet this goal by December 31st! A generous board member has agreed to match up to $10,000 for donations received from now until the end of the year, and in our experience, supporters like you recognize how much your donation makes a difference in keeping EPES going, and consistently and generously give your support. We also hope you’ll consider giving the “gift of EPES” this holiday season – make a donation in a loved one’s name and we will gladly send them a holiday card on your behalf.

As always – thank you, thank you, thank you and gracias, gracias, gracias! On behalf of all of us at AHA and EPES, I wish you a joyful Christmas and a peaceful and happy new year.

Christina Mills MD FRCPC
President, Action for Health in the Americas

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Give the Gift of EPES

Give an EPES Gift this Holiday Season

This holiday season, give friends and family the gift of an EPES project. Make a donation
and your loved one will receive a card thanking them for the donation made in his or her
honor. He or she will be delighted that their gift helped to train a Chilean woman to teach
her community proper nutrition, created a mural – or whichever project you choose!

EPES Featured 2013 Projects
(Total Cost in US$ – donations can completely or partially support a project)

1.  Printing of 500 pamphlets about importance of breast cancer screening ($60)

2. One day-long training session on a key health topic with 20 community health
promoters ($100)

3. Creation of a mural in a poor community that will raise awareness about good
nutrition, violence against women, HIV/AIDS, and other vital topics ($100)

4. Training program to prepare 20 community health and nutrition promoters
(12 sessions at $400 each = $4,800)

5. Scholarship for one woman to participate in nutrition promoter training ($250)

6. Scholarship to participate in 2013 EPES International Training School ($1,000 for
one Chilean student; $2,200 for one international student)

7. Two-week training in Kenya with the Hope African Women’s Foundation to train
community health promoters in rural Kenya ($15,000)

8. EPES General Fund (which supports the above as well as many other activities!)

To make a donation by regular mail:

1. Print out  this Mail-in Donation Form.

2.Choose record the amount you would like to donate and which featured 2013 EPES project your donation will support (wholly or in part!) on the donation form
– If no project is selected, your donation will support the EPES general fund.

3. Provide the name of the person you are honoring.

4. Mail your donation enclosing the Donation form to AHA

5. Print out this Honor Card

6.  fill out the gift card and send it to the person(s) you are honoring

To donate online* go to the AHA electronic donation page HERE

1. Choose a donation amount.

2. Use the “Comments” section on the donation page to specify the project (from the list above) and honoree name & address.

3. Email this e-card to the person you are honoring