Our Approach

HiM increases the personal health awareness of communities by improving their daily function-ability and therefore overall productivity in life. All activities are built through a relationship with local chiefs and community health workers to encourage a healthy line of advocacy within the communities.

This is accomplished through our three programs:
1. Awareness

We engage communities in awareness campaigns to understand various causes of low back injury related to rural life and cultural practices. This allows community members a personal choice of engaging in their physical health.

2. Prevention

Through locally-led initiatives, our volunteers engage community members in learning healthier patterns of movement while also creating alternative methods of daily activities to reduce causes of low back injury or limitation. This allows people an opportunity to consider the physical health of their own bodies and implement changes in prevention of injury for longevity and increased value to function.

3. Community Support

Our Community Cares program focuses on training local volunteers in skills of assessment and basic rehabilitation to support chronically impacted patients within their homes through a 2-week training module. Most communities we serve average 10+ km’s from health facilities which limits accessibility for many patients with chronic limitations. Our aim is to fill that gap.

All patients supported at home receive monthly updates from our volunteers while daily support is maintained by the commitment of the family.

All our community volunteers are engaged through our C.A.R.E. model:
C- Compassion.

The core of our motivation and inspiration.
(1) to care for others.

A- Awareness.

Learning through the voice of the community. Recognize each person’s right to be treated with
(2) dignity and respect.

R- Respond.

Leaning into the need and offering what you bring (skills, time, finances…). Working together with what we choose to offer.
(3) willingness
(4) being community
(5) own resources

E- Educate.

As we teach, each person is empowered to choose. In choosing, the transition from new knowledge to the recommended change takes
(6) own time.

The culmination of these values are illustrated in the Bible’s story of the Good Samaritan.

“But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came to where the man was and when he saw him, and took pity on him (compassion). He went to him (time) and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey (own resources), took him to an inn and took care of him (willingness). The next day he took out two silver coins, and gave them to the innkeeper (community), ‘look after him,’(dignity). Than Jesus said, ‘go and do likewise.”

Luke 10:33-35, 37