Community | 12 Days of Giving - Day 10

By: Natalie Bates

Many political, social and spiritual groups encourage altruism and giving back to your community year-round. However, something is in the air during the holiday season that really brings out the spirit of giving in all of us. For 12 days throughout December, we want to inspire you to give back to those who are in need in our local neighborhoods. Our "12 Days of Giving" feature will share the impact and needs of 12 different Inland Empire charities. Our hope is that each feature will inform you and encourage you to donate, volunteer or give back in some way. Please consider giving the gift of kindness to a stranger this season, because it may be the only one they receive.


Day 10 – African Youth Development and Health Foundation

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The African Youth Development and Health Foundation (AYD&H) is a not for profit charity dedicated to improving and enhancing the healthcare and education of underserved communities in the Inland Empire and West Africa. They strive to develop and support innovative programs that provide access to Urgent Care hospitals for all members of the community regardless of income, ethnicity or location.  In addition, they aim to improve opportunities for youth through education, employment and community involvement.

The AYD&H Foundation was created in 1997 by an American doctor who traveled to Ghana and quickly realized there was a need for a better healthcare system so no one would ever be turned away. And so he opened the Urgent Care Hospital in Achimota, Ghana. This 50 bed hospital employs mostly locals, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He also opened mobile hospitals throughout West Africa to bring healthcare access to remote areas and villages. Within the Inland Empire, the AYD&H Foundation offers free health screenings at the Corona Mall Urgent Care. As they say on their website, “Every day people die needlessly from preventable causes, but they don’t have to.”

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By enrolling youth in healthcare training, providing education to impoverished areas and making medical assistance more accessible to those in need, the AYD&H Foundation aims to make a dramatic difference in the community and end preventable deaths and diseases. Many impoverished families see education and healthcare as luxuries; the AYD&H Foundation sees them as survival needs.

Bringing healthcare and education to undeveloped or impoverished communities is a huge undertaking and requires a great deal of support. From needing money to finance an industrial generator for their hospital in Ghana, to requiring office supplies for their youth programs in Africa and the Inland Empire, there are plenty of ways to get involved. Contact the AYD&H Foundation to see what is needed, or visit their website to give monetary donations to their secure Paypal account. You can also support the organization by shopping at their Etsy store, which benefits ongoing projects such as teaching medical skills to youth in the community, empowering women and advancing the health of underserved communities.

The AYD&H Foundation is located at 482 Corona Mall, Corona, CA, 92879. For more information on how to help, call (951) 316-3097, email or visit their website. Volunteers are always needed!

Remember that sharing is caring, and if you can’t personally give back, share it with someone who can! #ieshineon #12daysofgiving.