December 2017                                                                                               Issu e: 21
Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays to you and yours!  We are grateful for your support! 

We kindly ask that you consider FIRE when planning your end-of-year donations

With great appreciation and wishing you the very best,
The FIRE team in Mongolia, Nepal and Arizona
Hepatitis Free Mongolia.
This past September, October and November, FIRE screened over 5,000 people for hepatitis and liver cancer in Dornod province in eastern Mongolia. Most of whom did not have health insurance. 

Mongolia has the highest rate of liver cancer and among the highest rates of hepatitis in the world. The province of Dornod has twice the national average of liver cancer, make it 12 times the international average.

"Hepatitis Free Mongolia,"  is a collaboration between FIRE, the Flagstaff Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Ulaanbaatar, funded by Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation.

Watch a video documenting the "Hepatitis Free Mongolia" Project

FIRE's innovative screening project includes: 
  • hepatitis B and C testing, 
  • vaccination for hepatitis b as needed, 
  • blood testing for liver cancer, 
  • ultrasound examination, 
  • FibroScan examination. 
  • physical exam and counseling my specialists,  
In addition to screenings, FIRE held a community awareness fair and engaged in advocacy meetings with business and government leaders to raise awareness of hepatitis, screenings, and treatments.

FIRE trained local health care workers with shadow training lead by visiting specialists and classroom trainings endorsed by the Ministry of Health. We donated 20 computers, one computer for every hospital in the province, to encourage online continuing education.

Through this award-winning project, FIRE hopes to set an example for the rest of the world on how to eliminate hepatitis C by doing it first in Mongolia.

Watch a short film documenting the experience of one participant in the Dornod screening.

In 6 weeks this project:
  • 5,017 people were tested for hepatitis B and C
  • 2,000 people were started on hepatitis B vaccinations
  • 2,588 ultrasound examinations were given
  • 1,419 FibroScan examinations were given
  • 1,897 people were seen by a hepatologist
  • 105 people were seen by an oncologist
  • 733 (14.6%) people tested positive for hepatitis B
  • 446 (8.9%) people tested positive for hepatitis C
  • 45 (0.9%) people tested positive for both hepatitis B and C
  • 181 people were found to have cirrhosis
  • 352 people were found to have fatty liver
  • 44 people were suspected liver of having cancer
  • 11 people were suspected of having some other kind of cancer 

FAIR TRADE Handi-Crafts from Bayan-Olgii, Mongolia
J ust in time for responsible holiday gift giving....

FIRE has beautiful, handmade crafts from Bayan-Ölgii, the ethnically Kazakh area of western Mongolia. 

FIRE purchased these items directly from the artists themselves in Mongolia. The six artists who made these products consists of individual artisans and women's co-ops that are helping to alleviate poverty by providing jobs to unemployed  women who are often single mothers.

Your purchase contributes to a more fair and just international economy and supports FIRE's work in Mongolia. 

Stop by our store before December 31 at 
1 13 E. Birch, Flagstaff, AZ, 
look at our inventory on eBay  or contact us for more options to shop at 

View our  Kazakh Handi-Craft photo album to view the bags and see some of the artisans at work.
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Donate TODAY
94% of your donations go directly to program expenses.

You can donate directly on-line at our website! Checks may also be mailed to:

PO Box 22187
Flagstaff, AZ 86002

Thank you very much for your continued support!

CLOSING DEC. 31, 2017

Thank you for supporting the FIREWORKS store since we opened its doors in 2015!

For the last 22 months, FIRE's pop-store in downtown Flagstaff has helped support FIRE's programs in Mongolia and Nepal. We have enjoyed interacting with our community every day, but the time has come to close the store.

Everything must go... and we're discounting nearly everything! Stop by the store for:

50% off all clothing/gear

50% off selected prints

25% off framed fine art prints by Dave Edwards

25% off antique Mongolian tuzkeez (wall hangings)

25% off fair trade Mongolian crafts and gifts

and Hours
113 E. Birch
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(across from the courthouse)

Tue-Fri, 12-6pm
Sat-Sun, 12-4pm
Nepal Volunteers 2018
We Need Your Help!

Langtang Valley is still rebuilding from the avalanche triggered by the April 2015 Nepal earthquake. 

As a Langtang Volunteer, you can enjoy breathtaking views, relaxing hikes, rewarding work, a unique culture, and generous hospitality. Through selfless service to others, we can spread the seed of compassion and cooperation. We invite you to join us on our next trip to Nepal!

FIRE's next trip is in May 2018! For more information, visit our Volunteer Page.