International Trends and Services
2013 – 2014
The mission of the International Trends and Services Facet of The Links, Incorporated is to expand the global platform for programs designed and developed to service the educational, health and cultural needs of people of African descent throughout the world. All programmatic components of the facet are delivered through measurable and sustainable service delivery methods that reach women and their families. The foremost goal of the International Trends and Services facet is to provide opportunities for tangible service in other countries. Our “boots on the ground” approach provides for more personalized methods for assisting and improving the lives of women and children. Recent Fort Lauderdale Chapter international initiatives have included:
- Supporting women and children in Haiti by sending Women Survival Kits to families displaced by the 2010 Earthquake.
- Purchasing a family home and supplies via Habitat for Humanity, Haiti.
- Sending school supplies and holiday gifts to Haiti.
- Sending library funds to the Ann Sandell School, in Liberia.
- Sponsoring International Endowment Scholarship Program at Florida Memorial University
Participating as an NGO, on the Board of Directors of the Broward County Chapter of the United Nations Association of The United States of America (UNA-USA) – identifying global priorities for international and local service opportunities.
Previous programs and events that have been championed and/or supported by International Trends:
- In response to the Southern Area’s initiative, developed the Fort Lauderdale Links International Scholars Endowment Fund and on March 24, presented to President Albert Smith of Florida Memorial University, a contract for the total Endowment of $10,000, and the first check of $1,000. This Endowment is provided for students to apply and receive over the next ten-year period.
- International HIV/AIDS Project through funds allowed promoting more awareness of this project through high school graduating seniors, and participation in the annual ML King Community Celebration parade and HIV/AIDS workshops at the African.
- Haitian Project – Provided support and housing for a young Haitian woman who was enslaved by a local family as reported by the local Sun Sentinel News Paper. Chapter members became surrogate parents through counseling and general support .
- Sponsorship of the Haitian Relief Program in collaboration with the L. A. Lee Branch of the YMCA.
- Purchased a number of African water wells through Africare. Financial support for the Rwanda (Africa) National Links School in a Box Project, which provides school supplies for Rwandan Children.