Colleagues in Global Health
Anyone who has ever been involved with Project HOPE understands the adage, “Once a HOPIE always a HOPIE.” Learn more about our Colleagues in Global Health.
Project HOPE Colleagues in Global Health, HOPIEs, are an extraordinary group of individuals because their bond is one of giving…of themselves, their time and their treasure…to improve the health of people around the world.
The mission of the Colleagues in Global Health (formerly Alumni Association) is to keep its members informed about HOPE’s initiatives and progress, and to offer opportunities for our cherished alumni to support HOPE through their knowledge, skills, and financial resources.
Colleagues in Global Health is composed of approximately 5,100 members, representing volunteers from the original SS HOPE missions, longer-term land-based programs, and other humanitarian assistance efforts including disaster relief from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami to the 2016 Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.
Join Colleagues in Global Health Virtual Town Hall Meetings
Project HOPE Colleagues in Global Health (formerly known as the Project HOPE Alumni Association) would like to invite you to participate in a Town Hall online event, focused on keeping members of our group updated on activities and programs that may be relevant to you and your colleagues.
With the change in the name of our group, we are also changing our direction and wanting to reach out to members in various formats. We anticipate having Town Hall events several times in the next year, in addition to your receiving information via mail, email and through social media such as the Project HOPE and Facebook websites. We welcome your feedback on these formats. Feel free to contact us or Project HOPE at any time. We hope you find this Town Hall experience educational and inspiring. For more information or questions, please reach out to [email protected].
Faces of the Tsunami — William J. McDaniel, M.D., Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (retired)
At the November 2019 Alumni Association Reunion, attendees listened to an outstanding presentation by Dr. Bill McDaniel. He recounted his personal experience which he shared with HOPE volunteers on the 2005 US Navy mission to provide assistance to victims of a tsunami, centered in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Bill has continued his friendship with HOPE personnel and attended previous alumni reunions. He wrote an account of his experience entitled Faces of the Tsunami several years after the event and relates that he was not emotionally able to do this sooner.
Dr. Ellemes Phuma, 2019 William B. Walsh Fellow, Transforms Lives in Africa
Malawi and Sierra Leone are hard places to be a mother, with high neonatal mortality rates, few resources, and limited trained staff to provide for small, preterm and at-risk neonates. To help meet the challenge, Project HOPE is preparing the first cadre of neonatal nurses who will provide quality care to vulnerable newborns in Special Care Baby and Kangaroo Mother Care Units.
Overseeing this work is Dr. Ellemes Phuma, 2019 William B. Walsh Fellow, who works as HOPE’s Regional Coordinator for Nursing Education in Malawi and Sierra Leone.
2019 Alumni Association Reunion
On November 1-2, 2019, the Project HOPE Alumni Association gathered in San Francisco for a reunion.
Use of Association Funds — Rekindling Relationships
The William B. Walsh, M.D. Endowment is reserved for the funding of Walsh Fellows and the Bill Kooiman Volunteer Travel Fund has provided exceptional alumni who return to work with HOPE small stipends to help with their travel expenses. The remaining funds — Lee-Olive Harrison Fund for Basic Skills Education, the Alumni Fund and the newly established Dorothy Aeschliman Nursing Education Fund — are discretionary, governed by committees and guidelines.
Colleagues in Global Health plans to pilot a new activity to use portions of the funds to support counterpart-identified activities in former international program sites. The small awards will rekindle relationships among country-specific alumni, their counterparts and the programs on which they collaborated during their years with Project HOPE. A committee including a HOPE Center representative will review proposals according to already drafted guidelines.
Your support of Colleagues in Global Health funds will assure the success of this endeavor.
Make a Donation to One of Project HOPE Colleagues in Global Health Funds Now!
- Alumni Fund
- William B. Walsh Endowment Fund
- Lee-Olive Harrison Fund
- Bill Kooiman Fund
- Dorothy Aeschliman Nursing Education Fund
Contact Information for the Colleagues in Global Health Officers
Sharon Redding, President: [email protected]
Got Facebook? Get Social
Join the Project HOPE Colleagues in Global Health Group on Facebook. “LIKE” the Hopies page on Facebook then send us a message to join our closed Alumni Group. It’s a great place to share photos, memories and reconnect!