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International Trends and Services

The International Trends and Services (ITS) facet provides humanitarian outreach related to education, healthcare, and basic human needs for people from developing nations who are of African descent. ITS provides advocacy on behalf of people from developing nations who are oppressed or victimized and promotes global awareness among youth that The Links mentor.
2020-2022 Facet Chair:  Joan Ray

RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2021-2022

ITS provided for a second year the financial sponsorship for an underprivileged African girl, Elizabeth to attend the I Can Fly International Butterfly House High School in Kenya. As of January 2022 she is beginning the 10th grade after successful completion of 9th grade. She has now defined admirable goals for herself in pursuing in the future a higher  education. The Tacoma Chapter of Links, Inc. has received updates regarding her progress via live streaming as part of our sponsorship.
ITS second activity for the 2021-2022 Program Year is in support of the Chapter’s  Umbrella Homelessness Initiative. In support of the Family Shelter at Bethlehem Baptist Church for the homeless, we provided 96 pairs of new socks; backpacks  for children in which we provided some essential school supplies.
For the Power of Two Program ITS donated for the homeless 5 packages of Health Bars, each containing a count of 66 variety care packages of Granola Health Bars. Also for the homeless ITS donated 96 packs of Top Ramen Noodles: 20 jars of Skippy Peanut Butter, and 108 boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Diners.
ITS will continue to work closely with the needs of the Chapter’s Umbrella Program as best we can.
                         
      Donated Socks & Backpacks                                Menstrual Kits to Kenya
  • Participated in the National Links organization initiative, Linking with Haiti, by collaborating with Partners for Care, Houston Area Urban League (HAUL), and United Parcel Service to purchase and provide 50 H20 backpacks for sanitary transport of water from the water source to their Haitian homes. These backpacks are distributed worldwide by organizations dedicated to eliminating and/or decreasing the spread of disease resulting from use of unsanitary containers to transport water. Women and children usually walk long distances to retrieve water. Backpacks reduce strain on the head, neck, and back by distributing the weight of the water.
  • Participated in the Links Western Area Haiti Initiative called 2,000 Boots on the Ground. Each chapter member has committed to make yearly monetary contributions for years 2016 – 2021.
  • Collaborated with World Vision organization and National Co-chair, ITS Facet to purchase and send 50 Women’s Hope Kits to residents in Jamaica who were visited by the Global Links Delegation to Jamaica (hurricane relief). Kits contained health and hygiene supplies for women, along with notes of encouragement and pictures of The Tacoma (WA) Links members.
  • March 8, 2018 – Engaged four students in the Honors Global Studies Program at University of Washington, Tacoma to present to Sisterhood in the City, a girls group ages 11-18, in observance of International Women’s Day/Year of the Girl Child.
    Theme: Be Bold for Change
    Topics:

    • Steps and fund sourcing process needed to study abroad and the importance of being a global citizen within one’s own community;
    • Experiences of studying abroad;
    • Examples of how working toward globally diversifying is something they can do now and in their own hometowns as stepping stones to prepare them to go abroad;
    • Experiences of living in South Korea and Germany and how that experience has shaped who I am today.

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