- Health is a human right protected under international law.
- Health is not defined merely by the absence of disease or infirmity, but by the complete state of physical, mental, and social well being.
- War, poverty, and natural disasters don’t discriminate and neither do we.
- A statistic is merely a number, but the measure of one life is unquantifiable.
- In serving the most marginalized communities, including those affected by poverty, conflict, natural disaster, disability, and social exclusion.
- In empowering communities to build their own health systems and taking agency over their own challenges.
- That every individual can play a role in serving others including you!
The IMHO family of organizations has engaged in relief and development work in 15 countries across the globe, prioritizing support for communities afflicted by severe natural or man made disasters. While the bulk of our ongoing efforts are focused on Sri Lanka, we do have ongoing projects in other countries. Past efforts include the following countries:
- Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
- Sri Lanka
IMHO Canada helps fill the critical gaps that exist in health care delivery systems in developing countries and/or underserved communities. We use our strong network of local partner organizations and existing health care systems to help relieve poverty and assist needy populations.Our mandate, as registered with the Canada Revenue Agency, includes the following activities:
- To develop or promote public health in developing nations by educating and instructing the public on prevention of, and curative measures for, health problems and by researching and documenting changes in the health of the community.
- To relieve poverty in developing nations by providing food and other basic supplies to persons in need.
- To improve the quality of drinking water in developing nations by constructing wells and water treatment, irrigation and sewage treatment systems.
- To improve skills in forestry, agriculture and horticulture and to assist in the preservation of the environment in developing nations.
- To provide necessities of life to victims of disasters.
- To provide respite to persons caring for aged, ill or disabled persons by providing temporary care to aged, ill or disabled persons and by providing such services as accommodation, housekeeping, meal preparation, nursing assistance.
- To operate community health care centers in developing nations by providing medical, health and support services for the general public.
- To coordinate health care and social services in developing nations for people with debilitating diseases, illnesses and conditions.
- To conduct research into the causes, controls and cure of debilitating diseases, illnesses and conditions.
IMHO Canada is administered and managed entirely by volunteers. We have a successful track record of supporting and implementing humanitarian projects due to these key characteristics:
- Extensive network of proven and reliable partners on the ground.
- Direct ties to the communities we serve.
- High level of cultural sensitivity and understanding.
- Ability to work within existing frameworks in executing relief and development projects, thereby complimenting the efforts of those already working on the ground.
- Credible and proven reporting relationships.