CHIRAJ

CHIRAJ is a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization created by Dr.Rajeev Fernando on behalf of his parents Chitra and Raj based on Long Island, New York. Rajeev previously worked with Doctors Without Borders in Darfur and has been voted in amongst New York’s best Infectious Diseases Doctors for the past six years, current in 2019. Our vision, help change the world for our brothers and sisters facing poverty and injustice one step at a time. We have served all over the world through medical missions, vaccination camps and Tsunami relief. Our current mission focuses on assisting with Syrian refugee children education in the field of robotics in Lebanon, care for Zika virus babies and mothers in their every day challenges and fight for their basic women's rights in Brazil. We pursue justice for our rape victims in South Africa and serve as first responders by running a medical clinic for refugees entering Europe at Lesvos island in Greece.

CHIRAJ has a separate budget for acute crises - please contact us if you feel we can assist in a particular set of circumstances. We are neutral, impartial and provide humanitarian aid basis of need, without discrimination.

We empower impoverished women around the world - assist Zika virus mothers and babies in Brazil, Rape victims in South Africa, Menstrual hygiene products in India and assist with recovering heroin addicts in adolescents and women right here at home in the U.S.

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Dr. Rajeev Fernando

Dr. Rajeev Fernando is an Infectious Diseases Doctor based in New York. He's been voted in as amongst Castle Connollys best Infectious Diseases Doctors in New York for the past five years. He has travelled the world including serving with Doctors Without Borders in Darfur, Sudan. In addition to this, he serves on a panel in New York that assists in devising protocols for the ongoing devastating opioid crisis in America by treating patients through withdrawal and counciling patients to prevent relapses. His true passion is mentoring medical students and residents towards building the physician of tomorrow. He was nominated by HSBC bank for their Heroes of the Year award for 2018.

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OUR MISSION

Thousands of impoverished girls around the world miss up to 5 school days a month owing to inability to afford menstrual hygiene products. They are forced to use just about anything to control the bleeding - jeans, rugs or pillow cases. Talking about menstruation in many countries is virtually forbidden. Many girls are viewed as dirty when they are menstruating. CHIRAJ has started its pilot project which assist three villages in South India to assist girls and adolescent women with a monthly supply of menstrual pads. Our pads are biodegradable. We are in the process of buying our own machines to mass produce pads. We are so happy to be involved in the project empowering more girls stay in school and get the appropriate education they deserve and ultimately help set them up for success for job in the world market

Rajeev models and helps fund raise for Breast cancer. This year 250 k women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer. For many women, physical changes after breast surgery can make them feel less comfortable with their bodies. Fund raising for Lucia’s Angels 9th annual reconstructive bra event. Many of our models tonight are breast cancer survivors or still fighting Celebrity status to all of you for fighting ! #youbeatcancer

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REFUGEE ASSISTANCE - GREECE, LESVOS ISLAND

There are 70 million refugees in the world today, out of which 40 million people are internally displaced people. The vast majority of refugees are from Syria and Afghanistan. The sea route between Turkey and Lesvos island Greece is 6 miles and is the easiest way for refugees to enter Europe. It is roughly a 20 minutes to 3 hours boat ride depending on which vessel is used. Almost a million people have entered Europe this way. The journey has its risks. Many refugees have acute medical problems during the boat ride when they arrive in Lesvos. CHIRAJ supports the medical needs of these people as first responders as they are rescued from the Aegean sea.

Project Completed > SYRIA REFUGEE EDUCATION

Last year, our Syrian refugee children missed 49.6 million school days and an estimated 290,000 refugee children aren't in school. Our schools keep the dream alive for hundreds of ambitious children but that all ends at grade 5. The 6th grade does not exist and our team at CHIRAJ is fighting hard to create it. Less than 1% of these children get a high school education. 40% of girls by the age 14 are forced into domestication or child marriage and our boys end picking up potatoes in the filed. Many of our children suffer with PTSD from the brutality of war which can make learning even more challenging. In 20018 CHIRAJ has supported after their after school activities and summer school program. In 2019, CHIRAJ will be the only charity in the area fighting to create the sixth grade and move forward towards a college education. We will do so with following the government endorsed educational protocol for grade 6, additional education with conversational English and education through WIFI which enables our children to connect to teachers all over the world and learn more about nternational culture.i

ZIKA BABIES AND MOTHERS,BRAZIL

Mosquitos are the most dangerous animals in the world. The CDC says 3.6 billion people are at risk for mosquito borne disease. Like many, Brazilian people are very religious and strongly believe all babies are gifts from God despite having any deformities. CHIRAJ supports them and we will continue to work with them to attain a supreme level of care for them. CHIRAJ works in conjunction with Uniao De Maes De Anos in Recife, Brazil - the epicenter of the outbreak. We help by raising funds to assist in quality health care, and fight for their inclusion in society. Our goals for 2019 are: 1. Despite government promises, our babies receive only 35 % of milk/formula of their daily nutritional requirement. Our children are already have low birth weight and this compounds the problems. Mothers are forced to divide a single meal into three. You can also donate by Danone fortini formula which provides 1.5 kcal/ml which is doctor recommended. 2. Babies with Microcephaly can have compromised neurons that are responsible for the swallowing mechanism which renders many off our children to get Gastrostomy tubes where food/formula is delivered directly to the stomach from a tube located externally. We are fighting government corruption, where they provide haphazardly adults size tubes for our babie giving them complications like rupture, bleeding and infection. CHIRAJ will streamline this process by making sure every baby get an optimal size gastrostomy tube to prevent such complications. 3. Mothers are often alone in their efforts to support our Zika babies. When life becomes more challenging with Zika babies, husbands frequently abandon them. They have to stop working as looking after the babies can be a 25 hour day job. They undergo whats called a Caregiver syndrome. Depression is universal in these mothers, yet none of them get proper psychological care. CHIRAJ strives to achieve strives to provide a stronger support system by arranging therapy sessions for them to express their difficulties. We also provide 'spa' days with manicures, pedicures and massages for them to give them a break fromtheir their routine while CHIRAJ assists in looking after the babies the time.

RAPE VICTIM CRISIS, SOUTH AFRICA. #METOO

South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, but unfortunately all too oftenhas been labeled as the “rape capital of the world”, with one of the highest rates of rape. The main targets are women and girls, where 68.5% of the sexual offences victims were women. Victims of Crime reports that 250 out of every 100,000 women were victims of sexual offenses compared to 120 out of every 100,000 men in 2016-17. South African Police Service (SAPS) statistics also in 2016-17 report 80% of the reported sexual offences were rape. The Minister of Police report 40% of all rapes in South Africa are against children and have increased over the years. Although there has been a decrease in reported rape cases recently, victims are less willing to come forth due to lack of support, being ridiculed and inculpated at police stations and medical facilities. This is a grave issue and deserves the attention and action for change. What resources are available for rape victims? The Rape Survivors' Justice Campaign advocates for the planned and funded rollout of sexual offences courts. These courts are the key to restoring faith in the criminal justice system as well as increasing conviction rates for rape and decreasing the secondary victimisation of rape survivors. The idea of Sexual Offences Courts was developed in South Africa. Eventually, this concept earned recognition across the world as something highly efficient. In 2013, a new Sexual Offences Court Model was developed as a way to set out the requirements for other Sexual Offences Courts. They have specially trained prosecutors and magistrates as well as a special court room, a separate waiting room for adult witnesses/survivors, a separate waiting room for child witnesses/survivors, and a special testifying room with CCTV equipment.

OUR LOCAL PARTNERS ARE IN LEBANON, BRAZIL, SOUTH AFRICA & GREECE

CHANGE THE WORLD - ONE PERSON AT A TIME

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We're looking for Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or graduate level students, or recent college graduates Preferred Majors: Communication, Journalism, Media Studies, Digital Communication, Public Relations, Marketing, English, Health Studies, Social Work, Public Health or Non-profit Management. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Outgoing Personality with outstanding interpersonal skills

Interested in changing the world.

Reach out to us at rajeevfernando@chiraj.com

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