International Trends and Services
The transformational and sustainable programs of the International Trends and Services facet of The Links, Incorporated are designed to provide humanitarian outreach related to the education, health care, and basic human needs of people from developing nations who are of African descent; to advocate on behalf of people from developing nations of African descent who are oppressed or victimized; and to promote global awareness among the youth that we mentor in our communities.
All programmatic components of the facet are delivered through measurable and sustainable service delivery methods that reach women and their families.
The foremost goal of the International Trends and Services facet is to provide opportunities for tangible service in other countries. Our “boots on the ground” approach provides for more personalized methods for assisting and improving the lives of women, children and men worldwide through long-term programs committed to empowerment and public policy leadership in advocating for social justice.
Read more about the International Trends and Serves initiatives and signature programs.
New Orleans (LA) Chapter International Trends and Services Programming
The New Orleans (LA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has sponsored a variety of programs meeting the goals of the International Trends and Services facet.
LINKING WITH HAITI – WOMEN’S SURVIVAL KITS
The Links, Incorporated has provided outreach and support to women and children in Haiti through the distribution of Women’s Survival Kits. This initiative provides a direct and deliverable service to the Haitian community. With the supplies needed for personal hygiene and daily living lacking and difficult to secure, this initiative aims to provide basic survival kits to women and girls in Haiti so they can preserve their dignity.
Using local connections to connect with Haitian organizations, each year members of The New Orleans (LA) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated assembly and send survival kits containing basic items, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, washcloths, deodorant and sanitary items that are too often taken for granted.
SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN IN KENSCOFF REGION OF HAITI
The New Orleans (LA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is focused on transforming the lives of the children in seven villages and schools in the Kenscoff region of Haiti through several partnerships.
Those partnerships include:
- Wynne Farm Ecological Reserve – to plant school /community gardens to promote healthy eating and living. Learn more about Wynne Farm;
- Partnership with Wine to Water and Filter Pure – to distribute ceramic water filters. which will provide clean water for a family of 10 for up to five years;
- Partnership with Children of Haiti Enhancement Foundation (COHEF) – to supply school children with school supplies.
INTERNATIONAL TRENDS AND SERVICES 2016 EXPANSION INTO JAMAICA
The Links, Incorporated is excited to expand its global presence into Jamaica. The organization has further broadened its International Trends and Services platform for programs designed to service the educational, health and cultural needs of people of African descent.
In January 2016, a delegation of Links members spent four days in Jamaica visiting Jamaican schools — Mt. Zion Primary School, Watford Primary School, and St. Mary’s Preparatory and Kindergarten. They also visited Cornwall Regional Hospital and explored the local region. The mission allowed The Links, Incorporated to display its signature brand of service while impacting hundreds of lives.
One Mission, One Love, a Signature Initiative of the Southern Area of The Links, Incorporated, in partnership with Region 4 of the Jamaican Ministry of Education, broke ground at Watford Hill Primary School, in Hopewell, Hanover, Jamaica to build a pre-school classroom during The Links January 2017 Global Delegation to Jamaica.
Phase II of One Mission, One Love will begin in May 2017 and will expand its footprints into Haiti and Africa, while continuing to support the children and families at Watford Hill Primary School in Jamaica. One Mission, One Love, will fund the new pre-school classroom with donations from Southern Area Chapters and members.
The Southern Area of The Links, Incorporated donated 500 patient kits and $25,000 to a Montego Bay, Jamaica hospital during its January 2017 visit. Additionally, 800 dental screenings were performed and 1000 hygiene kits donated.
The New Orleans Chapter is excited to participate in the One Mission, One Love program. Our programming for this initiative has included a school supply drive, community awareness about the needs of the region, and outreach to the local Jamaican community
In February 2017, the New Orleans Chapter hosted Jamaica Day at Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School in New Orleans. Students learned about Jamaican culture, history, geography, and tasted local Jamaican cuisine. Linking with Jamaican students was also important. The Bethune students reached out to the Watford Hill Primary School students by writing postcards to them. Each Bethune student extended heartfelt greetings to their compatriot in Jamaica and, in their own unique way, described New Orleans and their hope to one day journey to Jamaica.
We are truly expanding the global presence of The Links, Incorporated. Transformational!