The International Trends and Services facet provides services and delivers transformational programs to people of African ancestry globally so that they may have a better quality of life. Programs are designed and developed to service educational, health and cultural needs and to help people emerge from poverty. A primary objective of our international work is to enrich the lives of women and their families.
Our “boots on the ground” approach provides for more personalized methods for assisting and improving the lives of women, children and men worldwide through long-term programs committed to empowerment and public policy leadership in advocating for social justice.
Since the International Trends and Services Facet was formed in 1970, The Links, Incorporated has demonstrated its commitment to enriching and sustaining the cultural and economic survival of people of African ancestry, through friendship and service. The Links have:
Adopted schools in South Africa, Liberia, Ghana and Jamaica
Built The Links Maternal Waiting Homes in Liberia
Provided MaamaKits in Liberia and Uganda in partnership with the World Health Organization
Partnered with Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures and performed several thousand dental exams over three years at three primary schools in Jamaica
Helped train 4th-6th grade students in CPR
Donated nearly 1,000 books to Links Friendship Library and for students to take home
Donated nearly 200 Amazon Kindles in Jamaica
Donated a Links Computer Lab
Donated an Ultra Sound Machine to Falmouth Public Hospital in Jamaica
Dug wells in Haiti
Assisted in building homes for Haitian refugees at the San Diego, California border
Provided hospital equipment, dental and medical care in Ghana and Haiti
The International Trends and Services facet of the Hoffman Estates (IL) Chapter is
in the first year of “Cycling Through Life” project which is a unique model of an
international empowerment initiative is designed to help girls 11-15 facing menstruation
difficulties due to the lack of education and cost of female hygiene products. The partnership
between Hoffman Estates (IL) Chapter and a Jamaican Primary School will be a model of The Links, Incorporated International Trends and Services facet signature program “Education Across the Miles”. Moving beyond the initial focus of working to educate young girls, the program will make a positive and long-lasting impact on the lives of young girls that do not have access to sanitary/hygiene products when they get their cycle, often preventing them from going to school.
The impact of girls missing large amounts of school puts them at risk of dropping out which
creates gender inequality and poverty. For this reason, it is necessary to educate and improve
access to female hygiene products that enable girls to better continue their education, manage their menstrual cycle and create a meaningful way to increase their self-esteem and take charge of their bodies. The Hoffman Estates (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is committed to ensuring that young Jamaican girls are academically successful and educated about puberty and hygiene health.