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Jenny's Hope ToGo

Jenny and Kevin at HTH Fundraiser

By Rosey Mulderrig

In Greek Mythology, Hope was personified as Elpis. When Pandora opened Pandora’s Box, she let out all the evils except one: hope. Apparently, the Greeks considered hope to be as dangerous as all the world’s evils. But without hope to accompany all their troubles, humanity was filled with despair. It was a great relief when Pandora revisited her box and let out hope as well. The Greeks had Pandora but Huntington let out Jenny Schecter

Huntington’s own Jenny Schecter is bringing hope to people who without her would have none.

Hope Through Health (HTH) was founded in 2004 by Peace Corps Volunteer Kevin Fiori and his brother Thomas Fiori.  Jenny met Kevin and became involved with HTH while serving as Peace Corps Volunteers in Togo, West Africa.  The mission of HTH is to promote health as a human right. Their approach is two fold, (1) to reduce inequity in poverty settings by providing technical and financial support to community-based health initiatives, and (2) to establish solidarity through the development of long-term global partnerships.  Their goal is to empower communities in Africa and mobilize communities in the United States to ensure that the highest standard of care is available to individuals regardless of their ability to pay.

Currently, HTH works in partnership with a community based association of people living with HIV/AIDS in northern Togo and helps them to provide comprehensive care to over 1500 people living with AIDS through four health centers.  Jenny currently serves as the Executive Director of HTH and Kevin Fiori serves as the Co-founder and Associate Director of HTH. Jenny and Kevin were married in June of this year. Jenny is currently in her second year of a joint Master’s in Social Work/Master’s in Public Health program and Kevin is in his second year of Medical School, both at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Kevin and Jenny are both deeply committed to HTH because of the real change they have seen on the ground in Togo.  HTH is a small organization with virtually no overhead costs.  So over 98 cents of every dollar we receive is spent directly on programs in Togo.  They are currently one of the only organizations working in northern Togo, thus they provide some of the only services for people living with HIV/AIDS.  One of their most successful programs aims to prevent the transmission of HIV from pregnant mothers to their newborn children.  Kevin and Jenny feel strongly that providing such services is absolutely essential.

Jenny feels especially proud of the commitment the residents of her hometown have shown to helping individuals in Togo.  This is evidenced by the successful event they organize each year.  The 4th Annual Hope Through Health Benefit will be held on Saturday November 14, 2009 from 7 to 9 pm at the Huntington Yacht Club.  This event promises to be a fun and rewarding evening.  The Benefit has grown significantly over the past four years as a direct result of the tireless efforts of local Huntington residents.  “Huntington’s support for HTH and our work in Togo is inspiring”, said Jenny.” It has also had a tremendous impact.”  Last year’s event raised over $15,000, which was used to fund one of HTH’s rural health clinics in Togo for an entire year!  Huntington is showing the world that one community truly can have a global impact.

Tickets for the benefit are $75 each (remember 99 cents of every dollar will be spent directly on programs in Africa) and can be purchased by calling (631)427-1486.  Please reserve your tickets by November 1st. The HTH website is www.hthglobal.org

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