2016

A Year Of Giving


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Our Mission

MILESTONES

This year has been an extraordinary journey of contribution and expansion for the Urban Zen Foundation.

The Urban Zen Foundation has just returned from Haiti where we worked with our partners PRODEV and others to provide 500 children, teachers and volunteers in the community of Cite Soleil with a holiday experience. Our Executive Director, Marni Lewis, took part in the festivities passing out presents, dancing and celebrating with the teachers and community pastor, and playing soccer with the children, their favorite activity. Their laughter and their joy reminded us of why our foundation is committed to this beautiful country and its people.

Please join us in celebrating the milestones from all our programs in 2016.


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“I’m often asked, ‘Why Haiti?’ Haiti represents the 3 pillars of our foundation - culture, healthcare and education. I know that we haven’t even scratched the surface of what is possible, but it is my hope that we’ve set the precedent for the opportunity that lives in Haiti. This is just the beginning.”

– Donna Karan



HAITI: REPRESENTING THE 3 PILLARS OF OUR FOUNDATION

Our commitments in Haiti truly represent our mission in the areas of preservation of culture, health, and education. We expanded our D.O.T program, continued our Art Program, launched a wellness yoga initiative with Sow A Seed, and acted immediately to provide relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.




D.O.T

D.O.T

5 Parsons Graduate Scholarship
USAID Grant

Naturally Haiti

Naturally Haiti

300 jobs created
$845,000 invested

Circle Of Fashion

Circle of Fashion

29 artisans, designers and artists
550 attendees

Art Program

Art Program

300 children served per year
1 year Haitian teacher salary

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew

70,000 children & their families served
17,500 emergency kits

Sow a Seed

SAS

300 children & young adults served weekly
5 Haitian instructors employed & trained




“Bringing care back into healthcare.”

– Donna Karan



Our Mission

UZIT: TRANSFORMING HEALTHCARE

Our partnerships have continued to grow, with ongoing care at Southampton Hospital, CareRite Centers, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Wexner Heritage Village, and UCLA Health. We’ve also had several new areas of exposure - Addiction Treatment, Memory Care, Maternal/Infant Wellness and Trauma-Informed Care.




New UZITs trained

105

new UZITs trained

UZITs Certified

875

certified total UZITs nationwide

UZIT Sessions

9,500

UZIT Sessions




Make a Difference

Thank you for making 2016 possible. Help us continue our programs in the new year. And stay in touch with us to learn how you can help us grow.


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