The HEARD Foundation
HEARD is a community based IRS tax exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides a variety of resources to promote physical activity and mental well-being among displaced (refugee, immigrant) children and enable them to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Mission: Our mission is to enable displaced children lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle by providing them with resources to engage in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.
Vision: We will be a leading non- profit organization that enables displaced children lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle, regardless of their nationality.
Values: Empathy, Equality, Integrity, Respect, Passion (for service), Inclusive
Issue: Currently, in the United States around 25% of children live in refugee or immigrant families, and they already face significant trauma and challenges due to their forced displacement. Moreover, they lack resources to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle during their formative years, primarily due to a lack of adequate physical activities and exercise. Refugee children are 5 times more likely to be out of school than other children. As a result, these displaced children often suffer from a variety of physical and mental ailments and diseases, some of which are long term and life threatening.
There are several organization and non-profits supporting this target population that offer academic support, health services, economic support, dietary support etc. but very few are focused on solving one of the root causes for their physical and mental ailments.
Root Causes/Barriers: We identified the barriers impacting displaced children’s physical activity and mental health under two main contexts
Poverty/low income levels, parents’ work schedules, lack of interest, lack of resources, and competing commitments.
At the community level
Affordability, safety, illicit activity in public spaces, access to high-quality facilities, transportation, neighborhood inequities, program availability, lack of information, and low community engagement.
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