Deo's Talk at Global Washington
If you weren't able to see Deo's keynote lecture at the Global Washington 2013 annual conference in Seattle, you can watch his talk here (skip to 17:00 min):
VHW Featured in Crosscut
In an article titled, "The Burundian Paul Farmer is Seattle's latest global health hero," writer Collin Tong describes VHW's success and the commitment specifically of VHW supporters in the Seattle, WA region. Read the article here: http://crosscut.com/2013/11/19/health-medicine/117435/village-health-works-seattle-burundi-global-health/?page=single.
From the article:
"Global health leaders in Seattle like Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer at Seattle King County Public Health and former director of Global Health Strategies at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, view the clinic as a powerful example of community-driven health care. "The VHW concept is spot-on-- recognizing that health is determined by a lot more than what happens in a clinic, and working in a cross-sector way along multiple fronts to improve community conditions."
VHW Launches CrowdRise Campaign
As part of the CrowdRise Holiday Challenge, VHW just launched a fundraising campaign for the Women's Health Pavilion. The Team that raises the most money gets a $100,000 donation to their cause. Second place gets $40,000 and third gets $20,000.
Please help us build this urgently needed obstetrics/ surgery center by donating today: http://www.crowdrise.com/villagehealthworkswhp/fundraiser/villagehealthworks
KTVU Features Napa Fundraiser
On November 7th, 2013, VHW supporters held a special fundraiser at Fish Story Restaurant in Napa Valley. The dinner, sponsored by John Schwartz of Amuse Bouche Winery, raised more then $66,000 for the Women's Health Pavilion.
Watch the KTVU segment here: https://vimeo.com/79752293.
Deo and VHW Featured in The Seattle Times
From the article:
"Village Health Works, which started as a small clinic, provides a whole range of services from health care to education, and it has become a place not just to heal bodies, but to sow peace and renewal.
[Deo] comes to Seattle with a message from his success in Burundi: "It can teach the world what is possible," he said. "And give one hope that we shouldn't run away from problems. We should confront them," by working together."
You can read the full article here: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2022253394_jdlcolumn14xml.html
If you're from the Washington state region, be sure to check out the VHW Seattle newsletter, http://j.mp/vhwsn002. This issue of the newsletter provides an overview of Deo's upcoming visit to Seattle and fetures stories from VHW's longtime friend, Justin Hanseth (pictured below with our staff), who helped launch VHW's food security program.
Napa Raises $66k for VHW
VHW's Napa Valley community raised $66,300 for the Women's Health Pavilion. Read more about the successful fundraiser: http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/fundraiser-nets-for-burundi-health-center/article_57fa57b4-48e2-11e3-8c0d-0019bb2963f4.html.
From the article:
"Thursday’s dinner, hosted by Fish Story [Restaurant], included speeches by Village Health Works’ founder Deogratias “Deo” Niyizonkiza and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder, who told Deo’s story in his book “Strength in What Remains.” Most who attended, including members of the Napa City Council, business owners and vintners, brought copies of the book with them to be signed... Holcomb said he hopes Thursday’s fundraiser will be the first of many in Napa and that the city can soon establish a formal relationship with Village Health Works and Burundi."
To Feed the Spirit Video
Check out our latest video, "To Feed the Spirit," which features VHW's music training services and the recent exchange program with Western virtuoso musicians and educators, which was launched in February 2013. The video was filmed and edited by Joshua Frank, and produced by VHW advisory board member, Wendy Steiner.
You can watch the video here: https://vimeo.com/78568539.
At VHW, we believe that fostering artistic creativity among our youths is of utmost importance. As Plato once wrote, "Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and everything."
VHW's 2013 Third Quarterly Newsletter
Check out VHW's 2013 Third Quarterly Newsletter, which includes a message from Deo and programmatic updates from July to September 2013.
VHW Featured in the Napa Valley Register
VHW was recently featured in the Napa Valley Register. Special thanks to our Napa suppoters who have truly mobilized an army for us!
Check out the article HERE.
From the article:
"Since being introduced to Deo, Napa Valley residents have contributed more than $150,000 to fund a new ambulance, complete a staff residence, purchase seeds and materials and construct a barn for the nonprofit’s food security programs, Yamamoto said. Additional contributions funded a hydroelectricity survey and a vineyard feasibility survey, both aimed at improving the sustainability of the developing country.
VHW's 2013 Second Quarterly Newsletter
Check out VHW's second quarterly newsletter, which includes a message from founder and CEO, Deogratias Niyizonkiza, as well as noteworthy program updates and participant stories from April to June 2013.
Deo Published an Article in 'Social Research: An International Quarterly'
In the Summer 2013 issue of Social Research: An International Quarterly, founder and CEO, Deogratias Niyizonkiza published an article titled "Grassroots Philanthropy: Fighting the Power Asymmetries of Aid in Rural Burundi."
For more information about the publication, visit www.socres.org.
Huffington Post Blog
Founder and CEO, Deogratias Niyizonkiza has recently started a blog series for the Huffington Post. His first blog piece, "Bringing Burundi and Its People to the Forefront", compares Burundi to its better known neighbor, Rwanda and urges readers to have faith in Burundi's imminent success and development. Stay tuned for future blog posts!
The Week Magazine
Strength In What Remains was mentioned in The Week magazine! Check out Emily Brady's favorite books of inspiration here.
Deo Received an Honorary Degree from Williams College
On Sunday, June 2nd, VHW's Founder and CEO, Deogratias Niyizonkiza received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Williams College. Click here to read more about the 2013 honorary degree recipients.