With each patient record our doctors see, comes the opportunity for you to increase your record of good deeds. Join us, and let’s serve humanity together.

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And those who believe and do righteous deeds – We will surely remove from them their misdeeds and will surely reward them according to the best of what they used to do”
– Surah Al-‘Ankabut (29:7) –

SaveRohingya

Imagine trauma so severe that it leaves lifelong impact. The horrors faced by the Rohingya are so extreme that the atrocities still evoke tears.

Children struck with bullets, walked for days despite bearing wounds toward safety. Those who could not leave, faced violent unimaginable atrocities. The genocide is evident.

A child came to our doctors after hours in line under the blazing sun. Quietly, he huddled in his grandmother’s lap, barely showing emotion. The doctor inquired further, “Was everything okay?” When it came time to flee, the grandmother shared the child’s parents placed him in her protective arms. They thought, since the grandmother needed more time to walk, it was best to send her first. In the chaos, the parents preparing things for the challenging journey promised to catch up.

Every morning, the boy asks for his parents. Eyes brimming with tears, the grandmother said, “I tell him each day, we’ll pray for them to make it here.” The doctor asked, “How long has it been?”. The grandmother shakily responds, “A year”.

The doctor realizes the grandmother understands the best medicine in this situation is hope. It is what the Rohingya are left to survive on.

SaveSyria

Imagine leaving your home and everything you know, to keep your family safe. Worrying not about what you’ll bring, but about your child who has a debilitating and life-threatening illness. Would they be able to survive the journey?

Maple Syrup Urine Disease. How could it be something that sounds so sweet could cause so much pain. A genetic disorder in which the patient cannot process certain amino acids. Patients are particularly prone to crisis during illness, infection, or fasting.
Refugee camps are known for high exposure risk and limited food.

The young boys’ parents, desperate to manage their child’s illness in the camps of Jordan, visited with IMANA’s medical team. They were thankful to have had someone to talk to, even if they could not do much with limited resources. But for the team, a basic wellness check, counseling, and kind words did not feel enough.

It was the kind of case you never forget. With some research, mailing out letters, and advocacy efforts on behalf of the patient, Abbott Laboratories provided the child with a lifetime supply of Ketonex, a nutrition support formula.
Imagine, one last time, how full the hearts of those parents were on the day they received the good news.

SaveSmile

Imagine traveling somewhere, knowing you do not have the money for a return ticket. An act of sheer desperation to reach your intended destination. What would it take for you to get to that point?

For Amna, it was forty years of being shunned and ridiculed for being born with a cleft lip.

When she heard the news on the radio that a medical team was in Sudan promising to repair cleft lips, excitement and anxiety rushed over her. Lovingly, her husband overcame her every objection. 

Reaching IMANA physicians meant selling their livestock, leaving her young children for four days, and traveling alone on a journey that would require 10 hours of walking. Amna made the arrangements and departed as soon as possible.

Finally, exhausted, she arrived as physician volunteers had just wrapped up the week-long SaveSmile mission and, were heading back on the next flight home. The IMANA surgeons did not think twice. They unpacked and got Amna prepped for surgery. 

Being utterly grateful, she handed them all the money which she had left as payment, not sure it would be enough. Shocked, she listened as they informed her, the surgery was free. She realized she had enough funds to return home, so her children could see her newly corrected loving smile for the first time.

SaveGaza

Imagine if photos could come alive. Would you believe your eyes?

This image may stir emotions in you, but the complexity behind it is of a delicate four-year-old Palestinian boy fighting for his life. Abdullah Shawwa was unaware that he suffered from a rare kidney tumor, the size of a cantaloupe.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anja Niedringhaus captured the struggle and survival, as Shawwa underwent surgery in a city that lacked access to surgical care due to the ongoing conflict. For children so young, stories often come from others. Pictured is Dr. Ismail Mehr, IMR Chairperson prepping Shawwa for surgery who said, “Life is fragile and can be unfair, yet people in challenging situations find the drive to endure.”

In response to the overwhelming health care needs, since 2007, IMR volunteers have conducted plastic/reconstructive surgical missions, treated wounded patients with complex injuries and provided medi-cines and supplies to hospitals in Gaza. In the words of our doctors leading this critical medical mission: “We took in some valuable life lessons; the will to survive, how to persevere, how not to allow circumstances around you to break you down. We learned so much from our Palestinian friends.”

Food Cultures of the World Events

As the months turn chilly, we can’t help but crave cozying up with warm comfort food. Since food is the single greatest unifier in cultures, our NEW four-part virtual series – Food Cultures of the World, brings into your kitchens and hearts; recipes that help you build a connection with those halfway around the world.
Well, dig out your pots and pans and join us as we kick-start our 2020 virtual series.

Travel with your tastebuds to…Sudan

Meal: Goraasa be Dama
Explore: The forgotten Nubian pyramids in Sudan
Speaker: Michele R. Buzon, PhD., Bioarchaeologist in the Department of Anthropology at Purdue University
Date: November 21 • Time: 6:00 PM ET (5:00 PM CT)

Travel with your tastebuds to…Syria

Meal: Baked Kibbeh
ExploreImpact of Civil War on healthcare facilities
Speaker: Dr. Hamza al-Kateab, from the award-winning documentary For Sama.
Date: November 28 • Time: 6:00 PM ET (5:00 PM CT)

Travel with your tastebuds to…Gaza
Meal: Rummanieh
Explore: Revitalizing the Culture of Palestinian Food
Speaker: Mirna Bamieh, Founder and Director of The Palestine Hosting Society
Date: December 5th • Time: 6:00 PM ET (5:00 PM CT)
Travel with your tastebuds to the…Rohingya

Meal: Durus Kura
Explore: Stay Tuned
Speaker: Stay Tuned
Date: TBD • Time: 6:00 PM ET (5:00 PM CT)

Support Our Work

Change the lives of those in need all over the globe. Your generous support goes towards supplies, medicine, water & sanitation projects, health centers, and professional development. It makes is possible for us to continue our work. Donate today for a more compassionate world.