According to the World Health Organization, "An estimated 350 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis B – with Asia shouldering a disproportionately high burden – and 170 million with hepatitis C. The epidemic wreaks a trail of destruction wherever unsafe health care, injection and blood handling practices are common. Dr Steven Wiersma, medical officer and hepatitis focal point at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, says 'the burden of disease is truly dramatic, yet viral hepatitis has been forgotten [and] misplaced'." In 2014, AFIRE will be conducting community outreach, education, and screening for Hepatitis B. For more information abour our program, contact us at (773) 580-1025.
"I've always wanted to contribute to the Filipino community in Chicago, and this was a great opportunity to do so."
- Stacy Delvo, New American Initiative Volunteer
AFIRE's achievements could not have been possible without the positive contributions made by volunteers from diverse generations and all walks of life. They help us learn about, as well as to listen and respond to, the needs of our community. They help us to further our commitment to our community's dreams and aspirations, to become part of a vibrant, diverse society forward.
AFIRE's volunteer experience offers dedicated individuals the chance to meet a group of like-minded individuals, as well as opportunities to become agents of change and help further the organization's goals and vision to new levels each year. The experience is based on the concept of "ABKD," the first four letters of the Filipino alphabet - which begins the journey of words and thoughts into pursuit of social justice: Action through Bayanihan (personal service to the good of the community), Kapitbahayan (neighborly concern), and Damayan (to help each other).
If you are interested in sharing your time and skills, or would like to learn more about immigration advocacy and related issues please apply now. AFIRE's volunteer programs offers a variety of oportunities that fit your interests, and can provide you with firsthand experience. Our program schedule also makes it easy to volunteer during the weekday(s), weekends, and in the evening.
We are excited to be part of #GivingTuesday, an international day of generosity.We're raising funds today to help kick-start our giving season and to support and grow our citizenship and immigrant justice campaign!
Faith leaders, community and youth leaders expressed relief on Obama's executive actions because many Filipino families will be shielded by the administrative relief. However, they also expressed concerns because not all overstaying Filipinos are covered.
Joseph Lariosa of Journal Global Links covered the Usap Usapan. Below is the link to his report.
For more information about the Administrative Relief go to: Executive Actions on Immigration
For local help go to: IL is Ready
Become an agent of change and help transform the immigrant experience. Join the AFIRE volunteer team today.
Anyone can champion the social justice cause! YOU can help inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow.