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My Thoughts on our Pending Congo Mission

Posted by worldorphanrelief on March 7, 2019

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I have been a world traveler my entire life, so seeing new lands is wonderful but commonplace. The true beauty is…and has always been…in the people.

It is for this reason that I am looking so very much forward to our upcoming mission to Congo. Everyone I have met from the DRC has been so full of life and love that their souls almost outshine the sun. It is a rare and beautiful quality.

Kate and I are still a “go” for Congo Mission 1 in late July/early August. Armed with her new camera she will be able to capture images which will take you by the hand and have you join us on our adventure. This mission is important to both us…The Fishermen…and the people of Congo, so wish us luck in making it happen.

Photo: Congolese girls at a UNFPA Women-Friendly Place

 

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Ukraine Mission 10 Announcement

Posted by worldorphanrelief on March 7, 2019

Almost immediately upon my return from Colombia I will depart for Ukraine. This will be my 3rd mission for 2019.

The focus of UA Mission 10 is to deliver supplies to the Lysychansk Maternity Hospital, visit the Lysychansk State Medical College, teach English in Bakhmut, assess the needs of the hospital in Popasna, and spend time with friends and family.

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A Message from the Director of The Fishermen

Posted by worldorphanrelief on March 2, 2019

I am supremely honored that I…as director of The Fishermen…have some of the world’s best medical officers ready to help the people. Now that Kate and I have expanded our operational theater, our time to serve together in the field has finally arrived. Thank you all for your support and unbelievable skills. You are the best…and we will save the lives of many who have no hope.

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Colombia Mission 1 a Go!

Posted by worldorphanrelief on February 28, 2019

Tickets purchased and departure set for March 16.  I will be in-country for roughly two weeks and will spend as much time as possible with the refugee children of Venezuela.  Updates to follow!

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A Message from the Director of The Fishermen

Posted by worldorphanrelief on February 23, 2019

My style of executing a mission is quintessentially American – I fly in, do my work, and then leave…I always leave. In doing so, I leave behind the people for who I care, the friends who truly care about me, and families who I love.

So…after my mission to Colombia I will work on extending my time overseas. The typical duration of my missions is roughly 2 weeks. I will work towards extending this to 1 month. Doing so will increase the impact of my work and foster closer relations with the people.

 

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A Bit More Background on the Need for my Upcoming Mission to Colombia

Posted by worldorphanrelief on February 23, 2019

The below link will get you up-to-speed on why our mission is critical.  Though it may seem like a last-minute endeavor, we have been working on this plan for over two years.  We are glad that it is finally coming to fruition.

Here’s Why Colombia Opened Its Arms to Venezuelan Migrants—Until Now

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Colombia Mission 1 a Go!

Posted by worldorphanrelief on February 14, 2019

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By the end of this month I will be wheels-up for our second mission in the Western Hemisphere, this time to Colombia.  Our goal is to provide aid to Venezuelan refugees and assess the overall situation first-hand.

Currently, there are over 1 million refugees from Venezuela in Colombia, in addition to the 7.7 million Colombian IDPs (displaced during the strife with FARC).  Though The Fishermen is a small ECOSOC member, we have a responsibility to address issues such as this, especially when the affected are our neighbors.

This will be a fact-finding mission which will result in the production of a report on the conditions of orphaned children specifically.  It will be made pubic as quickly as possible.  Time in-country will be approximately 1 week.

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UN Reclassification Update

Posted by worldorphanrelief on February 12, 2019

We just received an email from the 2019 Regular Session of the Committee on NGOs in regard to our request to change our charity’s status from Special Consultative Status to Consultative Status. A decision on our request has been delayed until May.

If granted, we will have the ability to address the General Assembly directly, thus giving orphaned children and refugees a stronger voice for their needs. We would also have greater access to information and field services.

Keep your fingers crossed for us!!! In the meantime we will continue doing as much  possible for children and refugees around the world!

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The Ebola Orphans of Congo

Posted by worldorphanrelief on February 11, 2019

In late July/August, Kate and I will be attempt our first mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo.  We have been friends to the people of the DRC since 2012 and have delivered approximately $30,000 of medical aid, but this will be the first manned expedition.

As opposed to our original plans to tour North and South Kivu – an area which remains rife with conflict and complex IDP concerns – we plan to limit our activities to Kikwit and the surrounding communities.  This area is typically overlooked by aid agencies – a deficiency we wish to address.

DRC Ebola 9 2018

However, there is another issue which needs addressing – children who have been orphaned by the recent outbreaks of the Ebola virus. According to the latest reports by UNICEF there are over 400 children who have been orphaned by Ebola, but few aid agencies have responded to the call for their care. Many of these children are stigmatized and subsequently abandoned. Since orphaned children are our primary focus we must attempt to assist however possible.
When we travel to Congo this summer we will try to visit orphanages caring for these children. Our goal is to provide aid and attention, as well as compile a special report on their mental/physical condition as well as quality of care. This report will be presented to the UN.

			

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Colombia Mission 1 a Go!

Posted by worldorphanrelief on February 10, 2019

I will be traveling to Colombia to help Venezuelan refugees at the end of February or beginning of March.  This will be a 1 week fact-finding excursion.  I will also help a family obtain refugee status to enter the United States.  This will be the beginning of many visits to Colombia to help the people of Venezuela.

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