With Circle of Health International

As of June 2015, there are upwards of 30 million refugee women and girls across the globe and that number continues to grow. During humanitarian crises and natural disasters, women and girls are uniquely vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence and human trafficking, and have limited access to basic resources, shelter and quality healthcare due to prevailing cultural gender roles.

This campaign aims to raise awareness and generate a discussion about the challenges refugee women and girls face while on their journey to safety. 

Starting March 8th- on  International Women's Day- join us and emulate a refugee woman's journey to safety by walking, running, biking or swimming the most difficult section of her route. Or, donate $50- the equivalent to a marathon entry fee- to help COHI provide a two-weeks' worth of essential medicines and food for a refugee woman. 

This two-month campaign will culminate in an organized swim from Turkey to Greece on Mother's Day, May 8th, highlighting the 6 kilometer-distance thousands of refugees have crossed in hopes of a better future.

The journey these women face is nothing short of a marathon- help provide the security and support they need.

Find the stories of 6 women on their journey to safety, under Fundraiser Teams to the right, and sign up with your own Fundraising page! Invite your friends, colleagues and family to participate in this 

Who  Are We?

Circle of Health International (COHI) is an international humanitarian organization founded in 2004 with the mission to work with women and their communities in times of crisis and disaster to ensure access to quality maternal and newborn care. COHI has responded to eighteen humanitarian emergencies and served over three million women.

COHI, to date, has worked alongside midwives and public health professionals caring for mothers and infants in post-tsunami Sri Lanka, post-hurricane Louisiana, Tibet, Tanzania, Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria, tornado-affected Oklahoma, Sudan, the Philippines, Haiti and Afghanistan. In 2016, COHI continues our important work caring for moms and babies in Haiti, Nicaragua, the Middle East, Europe and along the U.S./Mexico border.

COHI has been actively supporting refugee women, children, and the health care providers caring for them in three distinct areas: in and outside of Syria since 2012, along the U.S. Mexico border since 2014 and in Israel since 2010.

Learn more about us here.


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