OUR PROJECTS

Our projects begin with listening and assessing, not imposing. We serve in multiple areas of asset-based community development including health, education, agriculture and appropriate technology. Our medical projects are focused on educating local professional doctors, therapists, nurses and dentists to grow in knowledge and improve the outcomes for their patients.

STLI has a long history of training doctors and nurses in family medicine, especially in Kyrgyzstan. The outcomes have had far-reaching effects in the whole region. We are now developing this program in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq while also providing medical and dental services to IDPs and refugees that are located in 27 different camps.

FAMILY MEDICINE

Our appropriate technology and engineering projects include working with local farmers to solve their felt needs in the areas of water systems, housing insulation, solar power, and stove efficiency.

ATIK ENGINEERING

This project includes translation of key texts including "Disabled Village Children," nursing and dental education, work among families with disabled children, including medical, occupational and physical therapies.

HEALTHLINK

STLI is working with dairy farmers to figure out how to increase milk production which will bring economic development to the rural region. Work in the area of nut trees is also progressing as a source of food and economic growth.

ASP - AGRICULTURE

FEATURED PROJECT-Work in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Dr. Tom and Dr. Ruth, STLI Associates, work in the refugee camps of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

FEATURED PROJECT-Work with disabled children at Ak Suu Therapy Center

Dr. Nick Woolfield, an STLI Associate, works with local doctors, nurses, and therapists to deliver the newest treatments and therapies at Ak Suu Center, nestled in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Every qualifying family is sponsored by the government to attend for a few weeks every year. 

FEATURED PROJECT-Work with disabled children at Ak Suu Therapy Center

Dr. Nick Woolfield, an STLI Associate, works with local doctors, nurses, and therapists to deliver the newest treatments and therapies at Ak Suu Center, nestled in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Every qualifying family is sponsored by the government to attend for a few weeks every year. 

FEATURED PROJECT-Work with disabled children at Ak Suu Therapy Center

Dr. Nick Woolfield, an STLI Associate, works with local doctors, nurses, and therapists to deliver the newest treatments and therapies at Ak Suu Center, nestled in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Every qualifying family is sponsored by the government to attend for a few weeks every year. 

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FEATURED PROJECT-Babywell

Babywell is an STLI project in an IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, where STLI team leaders, Drs. Ruth and Tom, work in a medical clinic. Dr. Ruth heard a recurring story of mothers with young babies in the refugee camp, supplementing with formula because they believe their milk is of poor quality due to life stress. (Who isn’t stressed living in a refugee camp?) From there it becomes predictable — declining milk supply, abandonment of breastfeeding, no money for additional formula, and threatened infant health. In 2018, a lactation consultant came out to help for two weeks and from that visit our breastfeeding project was born. Serving our camp population of approximately 30,000, the “Baby Well Project” focuses on identifying lactation-risk pregnant women and new mothers, providing classes and ongoing support to keep women exclusively breastfeeding until at least an infant age of 6 months. Four local women have been trained to teach, address specific breastfeeding problems, and monitor infant nutritional health. They work at the medical clinic and also regularly visit women in their tent homes in the camp, making a world of difference one baby at a time.

SERVE. TEACH. LEARN. INNOVATE. 

Developing People to develop themselves, their families, their communities & their country.

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Arlington VA  22205
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