GHEP needs your help!

We have several worthwhile projects coming up that need your sponsorship. Please review and click to Donate. Your generosity is appreciated! We use PayPal for added security.

COMMUNITY INFANT DIAPER PROGRAM

Those of us experiencing the joys of young families know the price of a box of diapers. Diapers are not cheap. Diapers are expensive—they can cost $100 or more a month for a baby. Diapers cannot be obtained with food stamps or WIC because they are classified as “disallowed purchases.” WIC puts diapers in the same disallowed group as cigarettes and alcohol. Young babies can go through diapers very fast. Families on a fixed budget struggle to afford needed supplies. Putting clean diapers on a baby helps Mom to go to work and support her family. GHEP responds to these needs by sponsoring and operating a free community diaper distribution program/ pantry. Interested in knowing how this program operates and how you can help?

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FAMILY TREE ADOPTION PROGRAM

Good urban tree canopy is the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above. Good UTC reduces urban heat island temperatures, reduces storm water runoff, improves air and water quality, and reduces many health problems. Unfortunately, UTC is not equitably distributed; tree canopy tends to be less in residential areas of disadvantaged communities versus wealthy ones. The Family Tree Adoption Program (FTAP), our community-based grassroots movement, is shaping our world and making it a greener place. FTAP provides free native trees to homeowners who plant them in their yards. It has helped to produce greening communities and beautiful neighborhoods by increasing their tree canopy. The FTAP model was originated by us in Prince George’s County, Maryland, USA, with a goal of expanding into other regions of the United States. So far, we have planted over 230 trees and engaged hundreds of families.

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HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND AWARENESS PROGRAM

Health problems such as autism, cancer, lead poisoning, child underdevelopment, asthma, etc. are associated with poor environment conditions. These problems are related to contaminated water, weather extremes, exposure to extreme heat and cold, inadequate sanitation, pollution, and drought related conditions impacted by global warming. Young people and the elderly are the first to be affected but the least aware of these dangers. GHEP sponsors an annual health, environmental education and awareness (HEEA) program that helps educate and increase awareness of the connection between human health and the environment. HEEA program provides the educational awareness and information to understand how to avoid health issues, especially those related to risk factors caused by the environment.

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COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAM

Each year, nearly 900,000 Americans die prematurely from 5 five leading causes of death, namely heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, stroke, and lower respiratory diseases. Do you know that up to 40% of these deaths could be prevented? Diseases and deaths from leading cause of death can be prevented through changes in behaviors that increase the risks for these diseases. However, many people in our communities are unable to prevent these diseases or change their risks for these disease because they are not aware of what they can do and how to do it. Each of us possess these risks, but we must first be aware of them in order to take actions to reduce our risks and ultimately having these diseases.

And that is where we come in. Our community health and wellness programs help members of our community to heighten their knowledge and awareness of risks factors for these debilitating diseases. Our health and wellness programs include community health fairs, community-based preventive screening such as blood pressure monitoring, body mass index measurements, heart rate monitor, outdoor health activities, and wellness education programs that follow evidence-based curriculum. The needs are enormous and we cannot keep up. So, we need your help because there are more communities that need our services than we can financially provide at this time.

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ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMS

Economic sustainability and healthy wellbeing are interrelated. Without a job, it is difficult if not nearly impossible to be healthy both in body and spirit. GHEP provides youth and career counseling that help youth gain jobs and economic empowerment. Our goal is to give youth the tools they need to allow them to thrive. GHEP’s youth programs provide the tools to make them successful. Preparing for a first job or career opportunity can lead to something fulfilling in the lives of secondary school students ready to take on the world. We all remember how difficult getting that first job was, especially with no previous work experience.

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MEDICAL MISSIONS TO AFRICA

GHEP helps to provide short-term life-saving medical services to the poor and impoverished in Africa. Disease and critical medical needs are overwhelming in Africa. There are a number of reasons for the lack of medical services. Local governments do not have the money or resources available to help, and thus they are ineffective. Rural residents are often miles from a suitable healthcare facility, and just traveling there for a check-up can be an all-day experience. Funds for medicines is also lacking from private agencies and from local governments. And finally, medical services require professional doctors, nurses, and other staff to be effective.

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