Tuesday, January 29, 2013
While it was once common to award grant money up front, the current policy is to repay organizations only after they’ve paid for the expenses and submitted their invoices.
The $70,000 Minnesota Department of Health grant holds big promise for the Somali community. Somali women's health education and advocacy group Isuroon is using the money to combat teen pregnancy and gather people together to discuss sexual health, an uncomfortable subject in a culture that considers it taboo. There was just one problem: While the state once awarded nonprofits grant money in advance, the current policy is to repay organizations only after they’ve paid for the expenses and submitted their invoices. Isuroon is a small, relatively new organization—and it had just $2,000 in its account when it received the grant. As a result, the Minneapolis nonprofit found it hard to round up the necessary upfront costs. “Now there’s $70,000 …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
‘I am thrilled to have my Somalia back. Now I have two countries that I both love.’
Tuesday, January 22
Editor’s Note: Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud spoke to the Twin Cities Somali community Friday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Fartun Weli—a Hopkins resident and executive director of Somali women's health education and advocacy group Isuroon—shared this guest column about Mohamud’s visit. I couldn’t go to the Convention Center to welcome our new president Hassan Sheikh Mohamed, but the energy of those who were there is amazing. I have never seen so many Somali members so happy and supportive of any president since the civil war started. They said the new president has vision and communicates well with the ordinary Somalis. He cares about the poor, especially women who have suffered unbearably. Some compared his …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
From prenatal care to postpartum rituals, the western experience can be alienating for Somali immigrants.
One Somali woman described being in labor for three or four days. She eventually went to the hospital. But the doctor told her she needed surgery to deliver the baby, and her family took her home because they didn’t want a C-section. She eventually gave birth to a dead baby. Another woman described being held for 21 days at the clinic of an Ethiopian refugee camp. Her strength depleted to such an extent that they transferred her to the hospital, where they asked her whether she wanted to save her own life or the life of the child. The woman chose to save the child’s live. But the lights went out just before surgery, and the doctors aborted the baby and took him out of her dead. Of the 13 women and the babies being born there that night, …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Isuroon provides health education and advocacy for more than 150 Somali women.
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Friday, June 22, 2012
(The following announcement comes from Isuroon.) Founded by Somali women, Isuroon provides health education and advocacy to help over 150 Somali women build and maintain self-sufficiency and live healthy lives. For the past two years, Isuroon has helped many women with infertility and other health related issues. We seek your support - financial, political and networking to provide more resources to the Somali community. Your support and financial contribution will envision better health outcomes for Somali women. As a young organization we hope to grow in empowering women in the Somali community; therefore, we to invite you to our first event for supporters. A Happy Hour for Isuroon Please RSVP to Isuroon if you can attend the event …