Inspiration Information — CDRS/SHINE

by aaron on August 15, 2010

When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always be worse.  And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad, they have to get better.”  –Malcolm Forbes

4293164530_21235e1448The picture above is a snapshot of the Comprehensive Disaster Relief Services (CDRS) first medical team in Haiti.  If you look closely, the man in the grey t-shirt in the middle should look familiar to you.  Need a clue?  Or perhaps maybe a memory jog?

Several months ago a posted a Inspiration Information about a man named Todd Shea.  Todd is a musician turned international relief worker who has thrown himself headfirst into some of the worst natural disaster centers of the last decade: including World Trade Center’s Ground Zero, post-Katrina Louisiana, Sri Lanka after the Tsunami, and Pakistan after the devastating earthquakes.  He is the founder of CDRS/SHINE, a small non-profit that has single-handedly built 12 medical facilities and provided essential free medical services in the remote mountain towns of Kashmir, Pakistan.

Todd has extensive hands-on experience coordinating effective response in disaster-zones.  And Immediately upon hearing the devastation in Haiti, Todd was on a plane and on the ground in Haiti, using his much needed skills to help as many people as he can.

But, what strikes me as so unbelievably inspiring about Todd is that he is operating completely independently, on his own where-with-all and personal fund-raising.  Todd doesn’t wait for clearance.  He has little patience for redtape.  Where there’s a will, there is always a way.  And man, does Todd have an iron will.

Every few days I’ve been getting updates from Todd and his expanding team of volunteers on the ground in Haiti.  And the work they are doing is so incredibly vital and inspiring.  Below is the latest report from Todd and Team SHINE.  If you want to get involved, I’ve included all their information at the bottom.

Aftershocks felt in Haiti
More than a week after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, strong aftershocks were felt through the area, adding to the devastation. Over 200,000 may have perished in the last nine days; the dead have yet to be buried. But as one survivor said, “We need now to pray for the living”.

Todd Shea, Executive Director of CDRS, reached Haiti on Jan 14th and has since then facilitated the deployment of close to 100 doctors and medical staff, set up a warehouse in Croix de Bouquets and opened an urgent care facility where we are seeing over 70 cases a day. Medical supplies are critically short, and patients are arriving everyday who have not yet received any medical treatment. Todd has pointed out two key problems – the limited number of supply lines that have been established and the lack of sharing of resources and intel by some of the larger agencies on the ground.
Our goal is to continue facilitating teams of the ground, and ramp up to 10 Urgent Care Centers over the projected six week deployment. Our supporters have reached deep and so far we have raised close to $40,000 in donations and pledges. Our goal is to raise $186,000, so there is a ways to go.
We need your help so that we can continue to deploy doctors where they are most needed, and help fill the gaps in availability of  water, relief supplies and medical necessities. On the stateside, CDRS is joining hands with NYC Medics and IMANA to create an on-line registry of medical and non-medical volunteers, and with the use of GIS mapping, create an accurate match between demand for and supply of volunteers over the affected areas.

How to Volunteer

For those interested in volunteering in Haiti with CDRS, please fill out the electronic Volunteer Form. We will get back to you as soon as we can. For more information, please contact Laila Karamally at lailakaramally@cdrspakistan.org or at 714-261-1044.

How to Donate
There are 3 ways in which you can help the CDRS mission in Haiti:
1. To make an electronic deduction, please go to www.globalgiving.org/4592 Global Giving will disburse the funds to CDRS/SHINE every Wednesday, and retain a 10% administrative fee. A tax exempt certificate will be mailed to you.
2. Write a check to SHINE, and mail it to 10 Roseleaf, Irvine, CA 92620. In the memo, please write “CDRS Haiti Project”. We will be able to issue you a receipt but not a tax exempt certificate.
3. Write a check to IMANA, our fiscal sponsor. Write in the memo “CDRS/SHINE Haiti Project”. Mail the check to:
Islamic Medical Association of North America
101 W. 22nd Street, Suite 106, Lombard, IL 60148
Phone: 630.932-0000 ~ Fax: 630.932-0005
Email:   hq@imana.org ~ Website: www.imana.org
IMANA will transfer 100% of the funds to CDRS/SHINE Haiti Project, and issue a tax certificate to the donor.

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[…] acts of emergency relief workers diving headfirst to lend support in Haiti.  People like Todd Shea, Ben Skinner and Tad Agoglia.  Not to mention the United Nations raising a record $10 billion in […]

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