MedShare’s Faiths Act Fellows on YouthUniverse

MedShare’s Faiths Act Fellows, Clint Fluker and Sana Rahim, recently spoke with Rev. Rob Hughes in the series premiere of YouthUniverse, an educational television program that explores creative local and global community development initiatives through the expressed viewpoints and demonstrated actions of interfaith youth and young adults.

Take a moment to watch this wonderful and engaging interview, won’t you?

To learn more about Clint and Sana’s initiatives (including an upcoming art auction!), click here.

For more YouthUniverse, tune in to Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, Saturdays at 4 p.m. ET.

The Stitch Project: World Malaria Day Art Auction Official Promo

MedShare’s Faiths Act Fellows’ World Malaria Day Art Auction is fast approaching. Want to learn more? Watch their official promo video below.

Since 1998, MedShare has diverted $100 million+ worth of supplies and equipment to prevent more than 2 million cubic feet of valuable supplies from entering local landfills. However, occasionally there are supplies that can simply no longer be used. Rather than dispose of these materials, MedShare has donated these supplies as canvases for innovative artists. 

Using the surplus medical supplies, artists will have the opportunity to create works of art concerning the themes of diversity, unity, and common action. In this way, even the supplies that will no longer help save a life directly can be used indirectly to fight malaria. The recycled materials will be offered to artists as a canvas for art that will thematically address the humanitarian crisis of malaria. Artists will have the challenging and inspiring task of creating art that tackles the question of how faith and spirituality can forge a better world. This will be a unique opportunity for artists to gain international traction and diversify their portfolio.

For more information, or to find out how you can get involved, visit their website or contact Clint Fluker (cfluker@medshare.org) or Sana Rahim (srahim@medshare.org).

World Malaria Day Art Auction: Artist Interviews

Last week, we told you about MedShare’s Faiths Act Fellows  upcoming World Malaria Day Art Auction. We shared photos of local artists who gathered at MedShare’s Headquarters to create a work of art entirely from unused medical supplies.

Now, we want to share a video of the undertaking, and also interviews with all the artists (Brian Walker, Brian Hebert, Baba Ra Fudge, Masud Olufani, and Kottavei Williams) who participated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The auction will take place on April 25, 2012. Local Atlanta artists to take part in this momentous endeavor include: Brian WalkerAlfred ContehCurtis McHardyMasud Olufani, Chris Hutchinson, Paul Benjamin, Hailey Lowe, Stephen Hayes, Whitney White, Audrey Pollock, Dana Gray, Brian Hebert,Baba Ra Fudge, and Kottavei Williams. Other artists submitting orignal and printed pieces to the auction include: Jim FiscusJoey Fischer, Brenda Ball, Clint Fluker, and Kevin Cole. More details can be found here.

Making Art from Surplus Medical Supplies

You may know that MedShare is hosting two Faiths Act Fellows from The Tony Blair Faith Foundation, but did you know that they’re planning a World Malaria Day Art Auction?

The auction will take place on April 25, 2012. Local Atlanta artists to take part in this momentous endeavor include: Brian WalkerAlfred ContehCurtis McHardyMasud Olufani, Chris Hutchinson, Paul Benjamin, Hailey Lowe, Stephen Hayes, Whitney White, Audrey Pollock, Dana Gray, Brian Hebert,Baba Ra Fudge, and Kottavei Williams. Other artists submitting orignal and printed pieces to the auction include: Jim FiscusJoey Fischer, Brenda Ball, Clint Fluker, and Kevin Cole. More details can be found here.

In preparation for the art auction, we hosted local artists earlier this week who created a work of art entirely from unused medical supplies. Here are photos of this impressive undertaking:

beginning stages

bottles are amoung the supplies used

Do you see the face coming through?

Another angle

Every 45 seconds, a child dies of malaria.

Finished work of art.

All proceeds from the World Malaria Day Art Auction will go directly towards the shipment of medical supplies to Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone: What You Didn’t Know About #102

MedShare is partnering with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s Faiths Act Fellows, Clint Fluker and Sana Rahim, to mobilize multi-faith communities to advance the UN Millenium Development Goals and combat malaria.

The entire 5.6 million population of Sierra Leone is currently at high risk for malaria. There are only 102 doctors in the entire country- that’s one doctor for every 50,000 people. This year, we are raising funds for 2 medical containers to Sierra Leone that will include critical medical supplies and insecticide treated bed nets, which will help address the pressing challenges of malaria. 

Click here to join us in the fight against malaria!

Commemorating MLK’s Legacy as an Interfaith Leader

Commemorating MLK’s Legacy as an Interfaith Leader

On January 16, volunteers from Morehouse College, Emory University, YouthUniverse, and the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation will converge for a Day of Interfaith Service at MedShare

Keynote reflections will be offered at 9:15 AM by Rev. Robert H. Hughes, Founder of the Generator Development Group and YouthUniverse

Rev. Robert H. Hughes, M.Div. seeks to live out his faith in God through direct action and service, everyday. Rob has made a lifetime commitment to invest in growing spiritual, ethical, sustainable, and moral leadership in urban environments and organizations. In 2007, Rob founded the Generator Development Group, LLC and YouthUniverse in Atlanta, Georgia to build capacity in local community leadership and to serve youth and young adult development through producing live events, educational media programs, cultural training and neighborhood quality of life projects.

In his faith community, Rob was ordained for pastoral leadership in Christian ministry in 2009 by Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta. He currently serves as an Executive Committee Board Member with Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta, as a General Board Member with the Faith Alliance of Metropolitan Atlanta and with the Future Foundation. In summer 2005, Rob traveled to Jerusalem with the Atlanta-based World Pilgrims, an interfaith group of clergy and community leaders seeking common ground.

Rob is currently a doctoral student in Urban Ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He is a 2005 Master of Divinity degree honors graduate of the Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. He completed his practical ministry experience with the United States Congressional District Office of Congressman John Lewis. In 1996, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Communication from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

For more information, please contact MedShare’s Faiths Act Fellows, Clint Fluker (cfluker@medshare.org) or Sana Rahim (srahim@medshare.org). 

The Intersection of the Local and Global at MedShare

By Sana Rahim, MedShare’s Faiths Act Fellow

Sana Rahim

Contemporary discourse on globalization continues to emphasize increasing interconnectivity between national economies, popular culture, and individuals. While people may never meet in person, through tweets, blog posts, or Skype calls, ideas and information have never been so rapidly communicated and shared.

As we can all attest, this heightened availability of information has made us profoundly aware of global poverty and inequity, and the role we can play in addressing these problems. The idea of helping our local neighbor has now extended to a global family.

Working at MedShare for only 3 weeks- I have repeatedly witnessed the all-encompassing definition of who our neighbor truly is. Volunteers throughout metropolitan Atlanta come to MedShare to sort medical supplies for communities that they may never meet. Although volunteers rarely get to see the face their service has impacted, they feel a very real sense of responsibility and accountability to bridge the gap between surplus and need. While leading tours at MedShare, I often tell volunteers that every medical supply they touch has a life attached to it. The more stories I hear from recipients of MedShare containers, the more I can see the tangible global impact that local communities here in Atlanta are making.

Just today, we received a letter from a Nigerian sponsor who visited the recipient hospitals that MedShare most recently shipped to. It is clear from her account of bare shelves and lack of basic biomedical equipment that the supplies sent from MedShare are meeting a need that is otherwise not being met. Similar to the volunteers at MedShare, the individuals receiving the supplies feel a powerful sense of solidarity with people across the world who have donated their time and effort to send supplies.

I can only imagine how powerful it would be to unite the community at MedShare and the communities all over the world that are connected across lines of ethnicity, language, faith, and nationality in the fight for a more equitable world. Although MedShare is a non-profit based in Decatur, GA – the volunteers and staff are part of a global community that goes far beyond Georgia.

With a community like that, it’s hard to determine where local ends, and global begins.

To read other Tony Blair Faiths Act Fellows blog posts, visit their website here.