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ASHA Partners Meeting – February 2020

This year’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) Partners Meeting was held on February 18 – 19, 2020. The
annual meeting, held in Washington DC, was dedicated to the theme “Financing Self- Reliance.” There were two key objectives to the gathering: USAID resources for finance strategies and organizational transformation enabling new opportunities for partnership. The attendees were introduced to three initiatives within the USAID framework: the Development Credit Authority, Global Development Alliance and Center for Faith & Opportunity Initiatives. As a 2018 grant recipient, it was inspiring to meet the individuals of the ASHA team; they are tireless in their efforts to provide the support needed for the many missions it funds. The most rewarding moments of the two day meeting were comprised of idea sharing with fellow recipients and being reminded of how USAID is making a difference in countries all around the globe.

Our USAID ASHA grant application for FY2019 was submitted on March 2, 2020. Our 2019 application, “Advanced Simulation Center for Excellence in Nursing and Multidisciplinary Emergency Team Training”, seeks funding for an advanced simulation training center for nursing students and multi-disciplinary emergency teams in anesthesia, obstetrics and pediatrics to improve outcomes for high risk mothers and infants.

The Partners Meeting was truly a hopeful reminder of how USAID disbursed funds to convey the American people’s desire to support institutions that will provide prosperity and improve the quality of life for everyone.

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President’s Year-in-Review

The Foundation and CMC have once again been selected by USAID as an American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) grant recipient, a federally funded program that supports infrastructure and capital improvement initiatives. The FY2020 ASHA Grant will support the use of robotics and Artificial Intelligence to help improve physical rehabilitation for people with disabilities.

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“Rekindle: Sisterships in Mission” Event Held in Partnership with RCA

On Thursday, Dec. 9th the Women’s Transformation and Leadership ministry from the Reformed Church in America (RCA) in collaboration with the Vellore Christian Medical College (CMC) Foundation held a virtual celebration entitled “Rekindle: Sisterships in Mission”. The RCA Women’s Leadership group including Reverend Liz Testa, Coordinator for Women’s Transformation and Leadership, helped to design and host this global mission event for hope. The evening’s program highlighted the season of Advent, Dr. Ida Scudder’s 151st birthday, and CMC’s endeavor to construct a maternity hospital in the Jawadhi Hills region of south India.

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Lecture Series: Philip Yancey on “God, Medicine, and the Pandemic”

Philip Yancey shares the principles he has come to learn through years of writing about God and suffering. Yancey also speaks about his relationship with Dr. Paul Brand, a prominent physician who worked with leprosy patients at Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, and how that relationship influenced his perception of pain.

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