Humanitarian and Peace Activist Todd Shea to speak at Royal India Restaurant
When: Tuesday, May 24, 6-8PM
Where: Royal India Restaurant – 3901 Capital Blvd, Raleigh NC 276
About Timothy Todd Shea:
Timothy Todd Shea is a humanitarian and peace activist who has dedicated ten years in emergency and medical relief work in Pakistan. He is the founding member of Comprehensive Disaster Response Services. Mr. Shea is an ambassador for peace and justice, and is dedicated to challenging negative stereotypes of Pakistan and the Muslim world in the climate of rising Islamophobia. Join us for a wonderful discussion with Mr. Shea. Tax deductible donations for Mr. Shea’s charity work would be welcome.
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Learn more about Shea’s work:
“Seven years ago, Todd Shea landed in Pakistan to help the earthquake-hit people of Muzaffarabad and adjoining areas just for a couple of weeks. However, his stay extended from weeks to months and then years.
Shea – a musician, father and humanitarian – founded Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS) to help the affected people of the northern region in 2005. His services later on benefited flood victims and internally-displaced people.
Explaining his dedication towards serving the people of this foreign land, Shea said during his initial days in the country, he saw the side of Pakistan which was rarely presented to the rest of the world.”
“Once in Chikar, he (Todd Shea) met a local M.B.A. student, Afzel Makhdoom, who had just dragged his aunt out from under the rubble of his home. As soon as he could scrape together the money, Mr. Shea hired him.
“I had never met an American before,” said Mr. Makhdoom, now 24. “My first impression was: They just want to kill Muslims; it’s an invasion, and they’ll never go back home. But now we want to keep this American here.””
Todd Shea: The Improbable American
“After the Pakistan earthquake in 2005, Shea decided not to leave the area after many organizations did. He founded the Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS), which provides health care and aid to Pakistanis who would otherwise have limited access to medical care.
The organization includes a rapid disaster response team that provides security, logistics, and communication support to medical teams and government agencies that are on the ground.
“It’s all about coordinating together. I’ve been too many places where efforts were either wasted or duplicated,” he says. “One village has everything and one village has nothing. We spread out to areas not being reached and try to organize a centralized system where all agencies can communicate and work together.”
The CDRS facility includes a dental unit, vaccination center, maternity ward, pharmacy, laboratory, and ambulance. Shea lives in Pakistan about nine months a year.
In 2009 Shea helped to found Sustainable Healthcare Initiatives Now Empowering Humanity, which is based in the U.S. and provides international disaster relief and long-term sustainable health care initiatives in developing countries.”