Category Archives: Humanitarian

The Suitcase Clinic

The Suitcase Clinic is a Berkeley, CA based humanitarian organization. Their goal is to supply health and medical resources to those who can’t afford it. As humanitarians and activists they believe that health is vital to the human experience, and equal access to health will go along way to heal the poverty scourge.

I met up with a couple volunteers at this years CDA Dental Conference in Anaheim, CA. This conference is attended by Dental professionals from all over Southern California. The Suitcase Clinic currently only offers it’s services in Berkeley, but they would love to spread to LA if given the chance. The need is clear.

It would have been nice to see them get more attention at the conference. Colgate, Crest, and Aquafresh had huge booths, with HD televisions, surround sound speakers, that drew lines that many people waited in for a good 20-40 minutes to get some free toothpaste and to hear about how this new line of toothpaste will improve dental hygiene.

The Suitcase Clinic booth was manned by two young college students and a poster depicting the fruits of the organizations labor. When you compare the two it’s clear to see that The Suitcase Clinic deserves more attention. The group was there looking for professionals who would like to donate their time to treat those who cannot afford it, and to spread awareness.

This is the way to fight poverty. Fight the symptoms. Make sure that the most basic services aren’t out of reach of anyone. If you want to help them visit their website. www.suitcaseclinic.org

Also it can’t hurt to think what you can do on your own. You can volunteer at similair places around your house. If you want to be more creative you can even put together very basic health packages (toothpaste, toothbrush, bandages, antibacterial ointment, etc) and give them out to homeless people, or send them to third world countries, and countries suffering from disasters.

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Kiva.Org | Shine Arm Lending Team

ShineArc was created in order to find ways for individuals to find ways to connect themselves to their neighbors all around the world. It’s important for us to not only realize that we are all neighbors, but that we all have a common responsibility. We have a duty to help each other, and to work together to improve our society and our environment.

Kiva.org is one of the many new innovations that is blurring the lines we’ve come to believe are between each other. Kiva has connected users through the internet to micro-lending institutions in third world countries. Allowing users to lend in $25 increments to those who need it other countries. The key word is “lend”. While Kiva also accepts donations to keep the wheels turning, the money you give to is only a loan, which means it will be paid back.

After the loan you’ve lent is paid back you can lend it again to someone else in need. This way it is possible to use one loan of $25 to help a number of different people.

We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Learn more about how it works. -Kiva.org

ShineArm is the part of ShineArc that is focoused on humanitarian efforts. You can visit our Kiva Loan Team here to see how we’re doing it. We encourage you to join Kiva and lend! You can also join our lending team.

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