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International Trends and Services

The International Trends and Services facet provides services and delivers transformational programs to people of African ancestry globally so that they may have a better quality of life. Programs are designed and developed to service educational, health and cultural needs and to help people emerge from poverty. A primary objective of our international work is to enrich the lives of women and their families.

Our “boots on the ground” approach provides for more personalized methods for assisting and improving the lives of women, children and men worldwide through long-term programs committed to empowerment and public policy leadership in advocating for social justice.

Since the International Trends and Services Facet was formed in 1970, The Links, Incorporated has demonstrated its commitment to enriching and sustaining the cultural and economic survival of people of African ancestry, through friendship and service. The Links have:

  • Adopted schools in South Africa, Liberia, Ghana and Jamaica
  • Built The Links Maternal Waiting Homes in Liberia
  • Provided Maama Kits in Liberia and Uganda in partnership with the World Health Organization
  • Partnered with Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures and performed several thousand dental exams over three years at three primary schools in Jamaica
  • Helped train 4th-6th grade students in CPR
  • Donated nearly 1,000 books to Links Friendship Library and for students to take home
  • Donated nearly 200 Amazon Kindles in Jamaica
  • Donated a Links Computer Lab
  • Donated an Ultra Sound Machine to Falmouth Public Hospital in Jamaica
  • Dug wells in Haiti
  • Assisted in building homes for Haitian refugees at the San Diego, California border
  • Provided hospital equipment, dental and medical care in Ghana and Haiti

Education Across the Miles Signature Program

Since 1996, The Links, Incorporated has built, refurbished and furnished educational materials to more than 60 schools in South Africa, successfully making a direct and significant impact on the lives of thousands of African students and families. In 2013, we expanded our programmatic impact in Africa and adopted four schools in West Africa— the Todee School, AME University, the School for the Blind, and the Ann Sandell School. While engagement with these African schools continues today, we are also working with three primary schools in Jamaica—St. Mary’s Preparatory, Mt. Zion Primary, and Watford Hill Primary.

Through in-kind donations, monetary support, and the lending of professional expertise in curriculum and lesson plan development, we are aiding in the reestablishment of the South African, West African and Jamaican educational systems. An integral component of our outreach is the implementation of The Links, Incorporated Teacher Training program in partnership with governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations. Through this program we empower teachers who complete the training to return to their schools and train other teachers.

LinksHelp for Humanity

The Links, Incorporated believes that all people have the right to live with dignity and have access to basic life necessities. To ensure sustainable livelihoods of people of African ancestry abroad The Links Help for Humanity programmatic outreach efforts focus on providing access to clean water, personal hygiene supplies, food, and medical attention and supplies.

Women’s Survival Kits – The Links, Incorporated supports women and girls in Haiti affected by the devastating 2010 earthquake through the distribution of Women’s Survival Kits. Our outreach provides a direct and deliverable service to Haitian communities. With the supplies needed for personal hygiene and daily living are still difficult to secure, this initiative aims to provide basic survival kits to women and girls in Haiti so they can preserve their dignity. Each kit assembled by members of The Links, Incorporated contains fundamental items, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, and washcloths, that are too often taken for granted.

Toilets for Haiti – Sixty-six percent of Haitians living in urban settings don’t have access to improved sanitation and toilets, which has resulted in one of the most virulent cholera epidemics in the world and high rates of childhood diarrheal incidence. To address this crisis, we are working to deliver 1,000 dry toilets to Haitian residents so they may have access to toilets in their homes. In home toilets will provide families a sense of pride as well as increased safety and security, which will help to combat gender-based violence. Also, the waste will be collected and treated so that it can be used as fertilizer.

Links International Foreign Affairs and Business Empowerment for Youth (LIFE) Program

The LIFE program exposes minority high school students to career possibilities in foreign affairs and international business in an effort to close the race and gender divide in corporate and governmental jobs, and foreign service appointments. Chapters of The Links, Incorporated partner with local high school, college and university faculty and administrators to implement a program curriculum that includes site visits, guest speakers, webcasts and case studies on business and foreign service. The LIFE program curriculum is patterned after the successful Howard University Summer Enrichment program at the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center. Each year, nearly 400 students participate in this program.

NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION (NGO) PROGRAM INITIATIVES

Model UN

The Links, Incorporated and our NGO representative to the United Nations, have worked diligently to produce a strong and cohesive plan to strengthen our work with the United Nations. Our Model UN program engages grade school and college students at historically black colleges and universities, as well as other institutions of higher learning, to become informed and active citizens of this changing world.

Students are invited to special events sponsored by The Links, Incorporated and are encouraged to become involved in international affairs by working with the United Nations. This program’s goal is to provide as many international experiences for our students as possible. Through the Model UN program, students are given the opportunity to research and discuss complex global issues such as the role of women in developing countries, child labor and human development.

Annual Global Student Videoconference

The Annual Global Student Videoconference is an interactive forum for students ages 15 to 18 to commemorate the victims of slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. This videoconference is held at the United Nations in New York City, New York. The purpose of the conference is to help raise awareness of prejudice and racism, providing the students an opportunity to discuss the issues and brainstorm on how to bring about global awareness of topics discussed. Links chapters sponsor students to attend the videoconference.

United Nations Conference on the Status of Women

Women today confront enormous challenges. Statistics show that two-thirds of the world’s one billion illiterate adults are women and roughly 66 percent of the 130 million children not in school are females. In addition, one in every four households today is headed by a woman. Statistics such as these seem to paint an ominous future for women and families. As an organization consisting of women who are leaders in their communities, established for the main purpose of strengthening and improving the lives of women and men of African ancestry worldwide, The Links, Incorporated is strategically positioned to tackle the issues confronting women. Furthermore, our past success in dealing with like challenges proves our effectiveness as a Non-Governmental Organization, essentially a not-for-profit, voluntary citizens group at the local, national and/or international level. Through the Conference on the Status of Women, The Links, Incorporated arms members with information that will significantly aid in bolstering and developing effective programs under the International Trends and Services facet. Also, this conference provides the opportunity to engage with UN officials, governmental officials of UN member countries, and NGOs worldwide about matters affecting women and children and those living in poverty.

Linking with Haiti – Women’s Survival Kits

The Links Incorporated provides outreach to women and girls in Haiti who were affected by the devastating 2010 earthquake through the distribution of Women’s Survival Kits. This initiative provides a direct and deliverable service to the Haitian community. With the supplies needed for personal hygiene and daily living still difficult to secure, this initiative aims to provide basic survival kits to women and girls in Haiti so they can preserve their dignity. Each kit assembled by members of The Links, Incorporated contains fundamental items, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, and washcloths, that are too often taken for granted.

International Children’s Day

The Links, Incorporated hosts annual programs aimed at increasing awareness of issues affecting young people.

 International Women’s Day

The Links, Incorporated takes this opportunity to assess the progress of women worldwide in their struggle for equality, peace and development. Again, workshops such as “Women’s Economic Empowerment in Africa” will provide us with current information and incite discussion on how the organization can work to assist women in achieving their goals.

 United Nations Millennium Goals

The Links, Incorporated seeks to implement programs and initiatives that target the eight Millennium Goals. These goals aim to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women, confront the treatment of women and children in developing countries, human trafficking, violence against women, the HIV/AIDS crisis and other health issues.

 

The Links at the United Nations

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Why does The Links at the United Nations exist?

One of the five programmatic thrusts of The Links, Incorporated is the International Trends and Services (ITS) facet. Through this facet, the organization implements programs and initiatives aimed at significantly improving the lives and opportunities of people of color worldwide. The organization has had significant success in achieving its ITS goals, however, the continued success of this facet is due in part to the information shared and the partnerships forged through The Links at the United Nations event. This event provides significant opportunities for Links members to communicate with world leaders to learn the critical issues impacting their countries and ways in which these issues may be tackled. Through communication, collaboration, and cooperation, we are then able to tweak existing programs and/or develop new initiatives that effectively target the crises faced.

The role of The Links , Incorporated's NGO Representative

The role of The Links’ NGO representative is to provide knowledge and expertise to The Links, the United Nations and other international organizations. The NGO representative assists in monitoring and implementing national and international memoranda of understanding and other agreements between The Links and similar organizations. The NGO representative also relays useful information about current world issues and aids in developing strategic programs that target these issues. The NGO representative works to further understanding of world issues and international affairs and seeks to find the most effective ways to improve the lives of women and men worldwide.

The role of attendees of The Links at the United Nations

Through this event, The Links, Incorporated hopes to arm members with information that will significantly aid in bolstering and developing effective programs under the International Trends and Services facet. Members should take the information provided and present it to Chapter Presidents, Chapter Program Coordinators and community members with the goal of constructing initiatives that work. Following this event, attendees should, in essence, serve as representatives – relaying information, offering suggestions and influencing changes that eventually improve our programs, our communities and our world.

The Links, Incorporated as a Non-Govermental Organization (NGO)

Women today confront enormous challenges. Statistics show that two-thirds of the world’s one billion illiterate adults are women and roughly 66 percent of the 130 million children not in school are females. In addition, one in every four households today is headed by a woman. Statistics such as these seem to paint an ominous future for our women and families.

As an organization consisting of women who are leaders in their communities, established for the main purpose of strengthening and improving the lives of women and men of color worldwide, The Links, Incorporated is strategically positioned to tackle the issues confronting our women. Furthermore, the organization’s past success in dealing with like challenges prove its effectiveness as a Non-Governmental Organization, essentially a not-for-profit, voluntary citizens group at the local, national and/or international level.

Projects under The Links,Incorporated as NGO

The Links Model United Nations Program – This program engages grade school and college students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as other institutions of higher learning. Students are invited to special events sponsored by The Links and encouraged to become involved in international affairs through working with the UN. Students research and discuss complex global issues such as the role of women in developing countries, apartheid, child labor and human development.

Day of the African Child – The Links, Incorporated hosts annual programs aimed at increasing awareness of issues affecting young people and encouraging young people through the UN to consider leadership and international affairs. This year’s Links at the United Nations workshop entitled “Empowering Adolescent Girls: Challenges, Strategies & Opportunities” will stimulate new ideas and initiatives for effective, future programs.

International Women’s Day – The Links, Incorporated takes this opportunity to assess the progress of women worldwide in their struggle for equality, peace and development. Again, workshops such as “Women’s Economic Empowerment in Africa” will provide us with current information and incite discussion on how the organization can work to assist women in achieving their goals.

United Nations Millennium Goals – The Links, Incorporated seeks to implement programs and initiatives that target the eight Millennium Goals. These goals aim to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women, confront the treatment of women and children in developing countries, human trafficking, violence against women, the HIV/AIDS crisis and other health issues. The issues sometimes seem daunting but through events such as The Links at the United Nations, members learn the most effective ways to target these issues and can return to their Chapters and communities armed with defined plans for effective programs and initiatives.

Mama Kits – The Links, Incorporated supports the Safe Motherhood Initiative which reinvigorated the Mama Kits program. The Mama Kit contains basic supplies to facilitate clean and safe delivery of babies and reduce the risk of deadly infection to the mother and her newborn baby. Over 10,000 women were helped through these efforts, and the program now reaches women in Uganda, Ethiopia and Mozambique.

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