Alliance for Medical Outreach and Relief

Building Healthy Communities Worldwide

aka AMOR, AMORelief   |   Fresno, CA   |  www.amorelief.org

Mission

Our mission is to improve the health status of the communities we serve. We are a community based non-profit that strives to ensure equality. We build alliances with other organizations working in areas of concentrated poverty to create a safety-net of medical, social and youth development resources, tailored to the specific needs of each community that we serve.

Notes from the nonprofit

AMOR is a small nonprofit working hard to create lasting change in areas of poverty. We work hard to be culturally aware and sensitive so that families and their children can feel safe and secure when seeking services. Both in Kabul, Afghanistan and in Mendota, CA, AMOR is dedicated to providing quality care that is tailored to each specific community. We believe health is much more than just medical care. Having access to health services, healthy foods and quality care for the whole family are just as important. AMOR's mission is to support families and their children, regardless of background, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, every step of the way so they can thrive and prosper.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Ms. Davena Witcher

Main address

1396 W Herndon Avenue Suite 105

Fresno, CA 93711 USA

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Formerly known as

American Medical Overseas Relief

EIN

36-4635877

NTEE code info

Hospitals and Primary Medical Care Facilities (E20)

Community Health Systems (E21)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

To provide healthcare to those who cannot provide for themselves.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Afshar Hospital, Kabul, Afghanistan

Afshar Hospital is a 100-bed hospital and ten community clinics established in 2009 for the primary purpose of providing life-saving care, treatments, and medical services to those individuals and families who are struggling to overcome the cycle of poverty in Kabul, Afghanistan and the surrounding areas. Our primary focus is to serve women of child-bearing age, babies and young children although we are a full-service hospital. We focus on creating sustainability by training Afghans and allowing them to be the primary decision makers in all aspects of the program.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Infants and toddlers

AMOR's COPE program consists of a team which includes two midwives, a patient educator, a vaccinator, a female physician, and a driver/security guard. This team visits five different clinic sites on a rotating basis each week; one clinic is visited each day of the week.
The clinics are located in extremely impoverished areas that have limited access by vehicle, and no public transportation. The people living in these areas are usually illiterate, with strong religious, cultural, and traditional ties. Each site is essentially a small village type setting with a significant number of people living in the area. Since no true medical facilities exist in these areas, space is rented in a home of one of the business leaders where we can hold the clinic. This space usually consists of two or three rooms; space for an education class, an exam area, and a vaccination area. AMOR will be adding 5 more COPE sites in 2016.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Infants and toddlers

The HerTime initiative expands on the health education AMOR currently provides to girls in the public schools surrounding our cornerstone project in Kabul, Afghanistan to include providing sanitary supplies to the girls free of charge. Research is showing that the more time a girl spends in school, the more likely she will grow to be healthy, well-nourished and economically empowered when it comes to her well-being and that of her children. Educating girls also is a positive force for the economic growth of a community.
AMOR is launching production in 2016 using a compact low-cost machine invented by Indian social entrepreneur, Arunachalam Muruganantham. The machine will produce 1,400 sanitary pads a day, in a simple three step process using readily available raw materials for $0.13 each. The initiative will also employ three local Afghan women to operate the machine out of Afshar Hospital. Once produced, a month’s supply of 21 pads will be distributed by our Health Educator to approximately 1,000 girls enrolled in the health education classes. Accommodations for proper disposal of the used pads will be made available to the girls as well.
In addition, our program is being developed based on direct input from the Health Educator and other Afshar Hospital female staff, ensuring that we remain culturally sensitive, yet forward thinking.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adolescents

This project will transform health outcomes and improve the quality of life for farm workers and their families who are the hidden backbone of one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions. Our vision is to fill gaps in services in this medically under-served and impoverished area and to build a healthier, more vibrant and prosperous community in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. AMOR will partner with an unprecedented alliance of local community based organizations who will offer after hours preventative and specialty health care with comprehensive wraparound social services, including a safe and secure environment for developing youth.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Migrant workers

The AMOR Wellness Center is a health and neighborhood resources center in Mendota, California. Two buildings on site house a variety of community benefit organizations, agencies and nonprofits that provide essential services including medical, mental, social, family and youth services.
The AMOR Wellness Center brings together all of the much-needed services that can only be found in Fresno under one roof. It provides wraparound support to the under-served city of Mendota and the surrounding rural communities.
Additional features of the AMOR Wellness Center include: food pantry, computer room, conference rooms, smart classrooms, basketball court, playground and community garden.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth
Men and boys
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Independent Charities of America 2010

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member

Khaled Hosseini Foundation Awardee 2015

USAID / ASHA Grant Awardee 2020

Americares Partner 2010

DirectRelief Partner 2010

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of patient visits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Afshar Hospital, Kabul, Afghanistan

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

AMOR's cornerstone project weathered the impact of COVID and the Taliban in 2021. We continue to provide services to the most severely impoverished of the Afghan population.

Number of vaccines administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Afshar Hospital, Kabul, Afghanistan

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of babies delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Afshar Hospital, Kabul, Afghanistan

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Medicine and Supplies Donated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Afshar Hospital, Kabul, Afghanistan

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of patients in health education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Afshar Hospital, Kabul, Afghanistan

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Afshar Hospital and COPE Clinics

Total number of adolesents attending health education classes in public schools

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Afshar Hospital, Kabul, Afghanistan

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Adolescent health education classes were taught at public schools. Unfortunately, all schools were closed during COVID in 2020 and the Taliban takeover in 2021.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

AMOR's goal is to develop self-sustaining programs.

In our global program in Afghanistan, that means providing training programs that develop capacity for Afghans to control their own destiny; reducing maternal and infant mortality and providing improved medical care to these groups; providing continuous medical training to Afghans that will bring their knowledge and experience to a level similar to the developed world; and finally to create a self-sustainable organization that will be able to provide a continuous quality level of care for Afghans without constant input from outside resources.

Our strategies are to train Afghans in all aspects of providing medical care that focus upon women and children, the most vulnerable groups in Afghanistan. We are focused specifically on women of childbearing age and providing them with education in pre and post-natal care, the need for vaccinations, hygiene, nutrition, and family planning, and seeking appropriate medical experts. We also believe that infant care begins at conception and continues through age three. In this regard we focus on early recognition, early intervention, and prevention of diseases processes. Finally, all aspects of this program would be lost if an appropriate strategy to provide not only medical training and skills but the administrative, accounting, inventory management, and business aspects of medical care are not addressed simultaneously.

AMOR was established by businessmen, physicians, and administrative personnel many with direct links to this part of the world. The direction and impact of this vast experience is critical in building capacity throughout the entire project. The project is overseen by an executive director with years of medical practice and experience in devleoping medical facilities throughout the US. AMOR also has a development director with years of experience of maternity and neonatal experience who is currently directing and overseeing these programs in Afghanistan. This combined experience is the impetus of the direction the program is taking in Afghanistan. In Afghanistan we have sought out individuals commmitted to improving the staus of their fellow citizens and who are constanting seeking new and innovative ideas. We are also constantly building capacity by continuous training and experience.

Education of women while remaining within the accepted cultural and traditional norms of the society are critical to achieve success. It is critical to our values and success that religious and family traditions are followed and that involving community and religious leaders is an essential element to growing our ever expanding outreach and influence into communities where healthcare currently does not exist.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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Operations

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Alliance for Medical Outreach and Relief

Board of directors
as of 08/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Nader Malakan

No Affiliation

Term: 2017 - 2023

Mohammad Ashraf

No Affiliation

Darius Assemi

No Affiliation

Abdul Hanifi

No Affiliation

Nader Malakan

No Affiliation

Lisa Smittcamp

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Krishna Rajani

No Affiliation

Mark Coelho

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Dennis Parnagian

No Affiliation

Todd Cook

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Catania Kathryn

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/14/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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