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Giving Tuesday - A Million Reasons to Give

Dear HOPE Friends,

Giving Tuesday ๐Ÿ’ is Today, November 28, 2023! On This International Day Dedicated to Charity, We Invite You to Learn More About HOPE USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ and How We Are Taking Active Measures to Reduce Maternal ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿผ and Infant ๐Ÿง’๐Ÿป Mortality in Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ.

Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ is Projected to Be Fifth in World ๐ŸŒŽ Population by the Year 2050 ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ. Unfortunately, 25% to 40% of Pakistan's Population is Living Below the Poverty Line ๐Ÿ“‰. Health indicators ๐Ÿซ€ Suggest that it is the Lack ๐Ÿšซ of Accessible Healthcare ๐Ÿฅ โ€” not Terrorism, Drones or the Energy Crisis โ€” That is the Greatest Adversity Facing Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ.

When We Examine a Few Basic Statistics ๐Ÿ“Š, the Reality Becomes All Too Clear. Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ spends a Shockingly Low Percentage of its GDP - 2.6% on Healthcare ๐Ÿฉบ. Preventable Diseases such as Malaria, Bronchial Infections, and Gastrointestinal Issues abound. 40% of Pakistan's children ๐Ÿง’๐Ÿป are malnourished, and of those, 11% are severely malnourished.

Two Subcomponents Within the Raging Healthcare โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿฉน Crisis are the Maternal ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿผand Infant ๐Ÿฃ Mortality Rates:

๐Ÿ”ถ According to Unicef, Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ has the Highest Infant ๐Ÿง’๐Ÿป Mortality Rate in the World ๐ŸŒŽ - Infants ๐Ÿง’๐Ÿป Here Face a 1 in 22 chance of Dying Within One Month of Birth, 50 Times That of Their Counterparts in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต and Iceland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ.

๐Ÿ”ถ Similarly, Pakistan's ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ Maternal ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿผ Mortality Rate Accounts for 28% of the Global ๐ŸŒŽ Total. Every 37 Minutes, One Woman in Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ Dies Due to Pregnancy-Related Complications - This Amounts to 14,000 Women Yearly ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ.

In any Society, Poor People turn to Their Governments for Support. However, due to Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ Being a Developing Country, Both the Quality and Quantity of Government-Sponsored Health ๐Ÿฅ Services for the Poor are Lacking ๐Ÿšซ. This is where Non-Governmental Organizations ๐Ÿ’ such as HOPE Enter the Picture.

In Just This Past Year Alone, HOPE Has Launched 3 New Maternal ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿผ and Child ๐Ÿง’๐Ÿป Health Centers ๐Ÿฅ in Rural Villages ๐Ÿ›– in Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ. Each of These Facilities Which Are Sponsored By Yusuf Foundation Will Provide Prenatal and Infant Care to 20,000 Women and Children Per Year. We used a bit of Foresight and Strategy to Equip to These Centers with Birthing Provisions - Otherwise in Rural Villages ๐Ÿ›–, Women ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿผ Would Often Give Birth at Home, and When Complications Occurred, Medical Facilities Were Often Too Far Away ๐Ÿš‘ to Traverse.

In September 2023, We All Celebrated the Birth of a Baby Girl in Our Kashmir Maternal and Child Health Center - the First of Hopefully Many to Come.

In Pakistan, 80% of Infant Deaths and 33% of Maternal Deaths are Preventable - We are Using These Statistics ๐Ÿ“Š to Actively Intervene and Save as Many Lives as Possible. Every year, 15,000 babies ๐Ÿฅ are Born in our Hospitals ๐Ÿฅ, and of Those, 3,000 are Given Life-Saving ๐Ÿ†˜ Neonatal Treatments โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿฉน.

It's Been a Monumental Year for Us and We Are So Thankful to Our Supporters and to God. Altogether This Year, In Addition to Our Normal Poverty Alleviation Activities, We Played a Central Role in Relief Work for the Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ Flood Crisis ๐ŸŒŠ of 2022 which affected 33 million people and left 2.1 people homeless. We Provided 115,000 Poor People with Cooked Food ๐Ÿฅ˜, Food Rations ๐Ÿฑ , Medical Aid ๐Ÿš‘, Mosquito Nets ๐ŸฆŸ, Clothing ๐Ÿ‘•, Bedding ๐Ÿ›๏ธ, and Even Housing during this Catastrophic Crisis that Left 1/3 of the Country under Water for Months.

HOPE Uses a Calculated Interventional Approach Towards Poverty Alleviation in Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ. We Believe that Given the Proper Foundation in Basic Human Rights such as Health ๐Ÿฉบ and Education ๐ŸŽ“, People Can Rise to Their Inherent Potential.

Experience and Trust Play a Key Role in Eliciting Change in Underserved Communities and We're Humbled to Say That Throughout our 25 Years, We've Worked Very Hard to Become a Recognized Name in Poverty Alleviation in Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ. In fact, _In 2021, We Were Awarded a Medal ๐Ÿฅ‡by Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ President Arif Alvi for Our Poverty Alleviation โค๏ธโ€๐ŸฉนModel in Pakistan - We Were 1 of only 2 Organizations to Receive this Distinction ๐Ÿ’•.

We Hope That You Will Join Us in Making a Difference This Giving Tuesday. Donate to our Save Maternal ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿผand Infant ๐Ÿฃ Lives Campaign on November 28th to Save Lives โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿฉน and Get Your Donation Matched ๐ŸŒŸ!

โœจThank You to All Our Loyal Supporters, Both Public and Anonymous, Who Have Been With Us Each Step of the Way on This Incredible Journey. We Could Not Have Done It Without Your Help!

Warm Regards,

The HOPE USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, HOPE UK ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, and HOPE Pakistan ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ Teams

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