Spirit of America recently funded a livestock health initiative in Mali that enhanced the ability of the Malian government and military to take care of its people. Responding to a local need identified by the US military team working in the country, we provided funding for vaccines and vitamins so that Malian officials could treat goats and sheep in a key area. Click here to read what the US team leader told us about the project.

Stay tuned, Spirit of America Field Rep Chris Clary will bring you the full story in the coming weeks. To read more about this project or to donate to this cause, click here.

Spirit of America Field Operations Manager Isaac Eagan just returned from the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil- a bustling metropolis only an hour’s drive from the front lines of the fight against ISIS. The humanitarian crisis there has taken on alarming proportions over the past few months. In addition to the Syrian refugees already fleeing events on the other side of the border, the recent ISIS offensives in Anbar Province and Mosul drove an estimated 800,000 Iraqis- what are known as Internally Displaced Persons, or IDPs- to the relative safe haven of Kurdistan. Here with little more than the clothing on their backs, they’ve sought refuge in formal camps, with extended family members, in ad hoc shelters in schools and places of worship, and even in half-built buildings and jury rigged tent cities. With winter coming, their plight will grow more desperate. Read more about this humanitarian assessment here. 

Different Location,  Same Mission

 It is a normal day in Afghanistan… the mountains are just visible through a dusty haze, a pair of A-10s are taxiing for take-off, and the sun is baking the tarmac as I walk toward the plane with my carry-on. The only thing different about today is that this flight is possibly the last flight I will ever take out of Afghanistan. I will continue to work closely with Soldiers, Marines, and Diplomats in Afghanistan, but I will be doing it remotely since my time has come to return to the States.

However, I won’t be in the United States all that much.  Spirit of America’s private sector support is needed around the world. I will be working with troops and diplomats in places like the Philippines, Bangladesh, and Cambodia to advance the US mission by improving the lives of the local population.

I look forward to sharing the stories with you of how Spirit of America’s agility, innovation and entrepreneurial approach has been successful in supporting the local people as well as the safety and success of Americans serving in the Asia-Pacific region.

Chris Clary

Spirit of America Field Rep Chris Clary had the opportunity to distribute school supplies and hang up a new volleyball net with Army Civil Affairs soldiers during his last week in Afghanistan.

Spirit of America Field Rep Chris Clary had the opportunity to distribute school supplies and hang up a new volleyball net with Army Civil Affairs soldiers during his last week in Afghanistan.

Boys in one of the outdoor classrooms in Afghanistan show off their new backpacks and other school supplies distributed by US Army Civil Affairs soldiers and Spirit of America.

Boys in one of the outdoor classrooms in Afghanistan show off their new backpacks and other school supplies distributed by US Army Civil Affairs soldiers and Spirit of America.

The American people are some of the most generous people in the world. Freely giving, without expecting anything in return, Americans have consistently helped meet the needs of those they will likely never meet in person. Operation “Share the Warmth” is an organization that embodies that generosity. Founded by an Airman deployed to Afghanistan, the organization’s intent is to provide warm clothing to Afghan men, women and children in need. Private American citizens, some with ties to the military, others without, send gloves, scarves, hats and coats to the deployed Airmen. They, in turn, make sure the clothing goes where it will make the most significant impact. The Wesley United Methodist Church in Georgia, Southeast Denver Rotary Club, Afghan American community in Denver and Greenwood Community Church also of Colorado are some of the other groups Spirit of America has partnered with to share the goodwill of the American people.

Over the course of the “fighting season”, which officially started a 5am on May 12th, Spirit of America has provided support to the Afghan Local Police (ALP) and other security forces in multiple districts and villages. In one northeast location, the police checkpoints were at risk of being overrun on moonless nights because they didn’t have a way to illuminate the surrounding area. Spirit of America was able to provide solar panel kits and truck mounted spotlights to help secure the checkpoints. In another district, something as simple as multi-color lens glasses and headlamps allowed the Civil Mine Removal Group, an organization responsible for clearing IEDS on civilian roads, to detect IEDs more easily in low-light conditions.