This year, I was selected to speak at the Global Health and Humanitarian Summit which was at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. I was truly honored to be amongst people and organizations that want to change the world. What is the Global Health and Humanitarian Summit you might ask?
The summit is a compelling forum for those dedicated to improving the lives of others and for those who aspire to lend their time, energy and talents to making a difference in the world. The Summit attracts an impressive and diverse assemblage of participants for in depth talks, workshops, exhibits and film screenings. From across the United States, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia, experts and extraordinary human beings have come together to share their humanitarian experience and expertise.
The topic that I had discuss about when I was invited to go to the International Diabetes Conference in 2006 at Cape Town, South Africa, where a group that I was a part of had the chance to donate medical supplies to a local township and had the opportunity to see the detrimental causes of diabetes worldwide. Here is a link to the program of the conference: http://ghhs2013.kdcdesigns.com/GHHS2013Program2.pdf
After my speech, I decided to visit the exhibit hall where I was able to talk to a wide range of non-profit companies, humanitarianism groups, volunteer recruitment operations, private own business and many more organizations.
On organization that caught my eye at the exhibit hall was the Amazon Medical Missions – www.amazonmedicalmissions.org It is a Christian based outreach ministry from Free Worship Center in Gainesville, GA where medical professionals and lay helpers from all across the US come to volunteer their time to provide free healthcare to the Peruvian Amazon people. What make this organization so different was that alot of the healthcare is done on a infirmary boat. This special boat goes to different stops on the Amazon River to treat the person who live there. Since 1997 the Amazon Medical Missions has treated over 200,000 Peruvians of nearly every conceivable disease there is on earth. There were some many incredible stories the staff told me particularly about the Piranhas that were around the infirmary boat. Here is one that did not fair so well.
The next table I stop was the Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) http://en.falundafa.org/ is an advanced practice of Buddha school self-cultivation, founded by Mr. Li Hongzhi, the practice’s master.
It is a discipline in which “assimilation to the highest qualities of the universe—Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance)—is the foundation of practice. The focus of Falun Dafa practice is the mind, with the cultivation of one’s mind and thoughts, or “Xinxing,” being singled out as the key to increasing Gong energy.
One of the teachers there demonstrate how this discipline work through the mind body practices. I was so impress that I told myself that one day we should take a class in this.
Next stop was the Watering Oasis organization http://www.wateringoasis.org which is an international relationship-building organization. The organization has done so many things that is positive such as traveling to Liberia, Ethiopia, and Haiti, implementing long-term programs to fight poverty, increase the use of solar energy, and develop farming initiatives to improve the lives of the poorest people. Below is one of the solar power panels that was placed on the homes.
Last stop was the Nathaniel Chol Nyok Foundation which is in charge of the Ambassadors for Change program. This program was founded by Nathaniel Nyok, a native of South Sudan and a former Lost Boy of Sudan. The Ambassadors for Change program exists to build educational opportunities for the children of South Sudan regardless of race, color, religion, or cultural background. It is dedicated to promoting better education in South Sudan, a country ravaged by civil war, poverty, and resource distribution challenges.
This conference was very enlightening and educational! Everyone should go to this conference to learn how they can not only impact their community but also the world as well.