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Help Orphans Around The World!

Posted by worldorphanrelief on June 29, 2008




Please visit the Home Page of The Orphanages


Our project for the present is to establish contact with orphanages locally and around the globe, and to open communication with them so that they might in turn communicate their needs to the public. Specific information regarding the plight orphanages everywhere will be available soon! Their needs are many, and every little bit counts!

In the mean time, you can find orphanages on this site!

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We Need Your Help!

Posted by worldorphanrelief on June 17, 2008

We are in need of an up-to-date laptop with wireless internet capabilities. If you are able to donate a machine please contact us. We greatly appreciate it and will be happy to mention you on our website!

www.thefishermenrelief.org

The Fishermen

POB 17171

Raleigh, NC 27619

Please contact us if you have a machine available!

trinity.oak@prodigy.net

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Fundraising for The Fishermen

Posted by worldorphanrelief on June 17, 2008

We are also raising funding for our 501(C)3 tax exempt status. We need to collect a total of $750 to apply for non-profit status. Any assistance is appreciated. A copy of our 501(C)3 application is available for your inspection. Please send any donations to the following address:

The Fishermen

POB 17171

Raleigh, NC 27619

You may also contact us at: trinity.oak@prodigy.net

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Donations

Posted by worldorphanrelief on June 17, 2008

We have begun to collect material donations in the form of medical supplies to take with us on pending missions overseas. Please examine the following list. Even if you cannot donate bulk quantities, remember that every little bit counts, and that you have made a child’s life that much easier! Please ship all donations to the following address:

The Fishermen

POB 17171

Raleigh, NC 27619

You may also contact us via email at trinity.oak@prodigy.net

Medical Supplies

  • Respirators rated for TB or better (0.9micron)
  • Disposable airway kits
  • Disposable bag valve resuscitators (infant and pediatric)
  • Burn sheets
  • Band aids (all sizes and shapes)
  • Abdominal pads
  • Trauma dressings
  • Sterile dressings
  • Gauze rolls
  • Waterproof medical tape
  • Elastic bandages
  • Eye pads
  • Petroleum gauzes
  • Nitrile gloves (small)
  • Hot/Cold packs
  • Iodine (preferably in individual packs rather than bottles)
  • Bandage scissors (5 1/2 and 7 1/4)
  • Splinter forceps
  • Kelly forceps
  • Shears
  • Waterproof medical tape
  • Waterproof medical tape
  • Waterproof medical tape
  • Bee sting kits
  • Snake bite kits
  • Burn pads
  • CPR masks (disposable)
  • Bacitracin ointment
  • Triple antibiotic ointment
  • PVP swabsticks
  • Blood Stopper bandages
  • Kerlix rolls
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Finger splints
  • Hand-powered pediatric suction units
  • Surgical gowns
  • Lab Coats
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Prepackaged 1st Aid Kit
  • Backpacks
  • Dental floss
  • Q-tips
  • Cotton balls
  • Tongue depressors
  • Rubbing alcohol swabs
  • New gloves and socks
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Anti-flea and lice shampoo
  • Anbesol
  • Nail clippers

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Proposal to Collaborate with the Vatican

Posted by worldorphanrelief on June 12, 2008

We have established contact with the Apostolic Nunciature (the Vatican Embassy) in Washington DC. It is our hope to develop a contact within the Vatican with whom we may discuss and coordinate a cooperative venture between The Holy See and The Fishermen to provide medical supplies and relief to the orphans under the Church’s care globally. Essentially, we wish to distribute medical supplies and basic medical training whereas the Vatican and it’s orphanages and missions will provide logistical support such as contacts and lodging.

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The Fishermen International Aid and Relief Organization for Orphans

Posted by worldorphanrelief on June 9, 2008

Who Are We?

The Fishermen is a non-denominational, non-political, and non-profit international aid and relief organization based in Raleigh, North Carolina. We exist to educate and provide health care to orphaned children around the world. The Fisherman’s activities are focused in Central Asia at present, but we aim to expand our international scope. Though we are not limited in any way, we emphasize caring for orphaned children with special needs. Among the services we provide are:

  • Distribution of medical supplies to orphaned children, orphanages, and refugee camp services pertaining to orphaned children
  • Offering basic medical services to orphaned children, orphanages, and refugee camp services related to orphans
  • Teaching orphaned children, orphanage administrators, and refugee camp services pertaining to orphaned children how to use the medical supplies we provide
  • Teaching orphaned children, orphanage administrators, and refugee camp services pertaining to orphaned children basic first-aid skills
  • Providing career guidance in an online forum allowing orphaned children to communicate with professionals in the United States and elsewhere

Our Goals are to:

  • Teach orphaned children how to take care of themselves
  • Assist as many orphaned children as possible both educationally and medically
  • Conduct at least 4 mission trips per year
  • Make a positive difference in the lives of others

It is also our goal to make it easy for caring individuals to make a big difference in the lives of these children. We provide several ways to volunteer and are open to suggestions about how we can expand our mission to better help those under our care.

Our Mission

Every life matters. We all know that the children of the world embody our greatest natural resource and our hope for a better future. Orphans are no different and often have the strongest hearts and greatest drive. These children deserve the opportunity to have a good life, and they deserve the chance to realize their potential.

Sadly, most orphanages are under-funded. They have good intentions but are unable to provide basic health care and are ill-equipped to educate their children properly. Since it is common practice for orphanages to evict a child once they reach the age of 18, many are forced to turn to crime or prostitution just to exist.

It is our mission to give the orphans of the world the chance they deserve not only to survive but also to be happy, one child at a time if necessary. We want these children to believe in their future and that they, too, can make the world a better place.

Current Activities

The Fishermen was established as a non-denominational, non-political, and non-profit organization to provide medical and educational aid to orphaned children around the world. Our services in Kyrgyzstan, the US, and elsewhere are helping numerous children have a chance at not only a healthier, but also a happier life with better expectations for a prosperous future.

In most of the countries wherein we plan to operate, medical services are few and ambulance response is practically non-existent. Orphanages have little to no money to pay for medical care and are quite often without transport. Imagine taking a child with a compound fracture of the leg on a bus to the nearest hospital, which in many cases may be many miles away! By delivering medical supplies and medical knowledge to orphanages, we are improving the potential for these children to have healthier lives and, in some cases, save their lives altogether.

Project Kyrgyzstan 2007/08

As with all Central Asian countries of the CIS, Kyrgyzstan has growing problems with institutionalized children, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and education. Government expenditures on education, health, and social protection are low. Poverty is a country-wide issue, giving rise to an increasing number of children living on the street.

We chose Kyrgyzstan as the starting point for our overseas operations for several reasons. First, Kyrgyzstan is the most stable country in the Central Asian portion of the CIS. The government is reasonably secure and functions in the best interest of the people. Second, there are fewer NGOs operating in Kyrgyzstan than in the rest of Central Asia. Orphans in that country have little to no outside help. Third, it is our goal to establish an office in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. With such an office it would be far less expensive to serve the rest of Central Asia, rather than making constant trips to the region. Discussions have already begun with the Kyrgyz government to establish our permanent presence in their country.

Our primary area of activity in Kyrgyzstan is Bishkek. There are a number of orphanages outside Bishkek which will also receive our services, covering all 7 regions of Kyrgyzstan:

  • Batken (Bishkek)
  • Chuy
  • Issyk-kul
  • Jalal-Abad
  • Naryn
  • Osh
  • Talas

Additionally, there are a number of refugee camps within Kyrgyzstan consisting of asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Russia (Chechens), as well as ethnic Kyrgyz from Tajikistan and the remaining Uzbeks from Andijan, all of whom are seeking residence status. All camps have children in need.

Our goal for 2007 and early 2008 is to conduct a preliminary mission to Kyrgyzstan and accomplish the following:

  • Delivery of medical supplies to orphanages with which we have existing relations
  • Visit 6 new orphanages and at least 1 refugee camp to assess their needs
  • Meet with Kyrgyz officials with whom we are currently in contact to further relations with their government
  • Meet with UN personnel within Kyrgyzstan with whom we wish to establish a cooperative relationship
  • Meet with other NGOs active within Kyrgyzstan with whom we wish to establish a cooperative relationship

In order to accomplish the above goals we have begun to collect the funding and medical supplies necessary to ensure a successful trip. Please examine our list of financial needs to see how you can help. Our goal is to raise 11,180 USD by December in order to make our first mission trip and deliver medical donations to Kyrgyz orphanages.

History of Project Kyrgyzstan

In August of 2005, Alex traveled to Kyrgyzstan to visit numerous orphanages in and outside the city of Bishkek. After inspecting the living conditions of each orphanage and determining their needs, he made a promise to return to the children he met and do everything possible to make their lives better.

As of July, 2007, Alex and Sarah met with Kyrgyz diplomats to discuss how they could help the orphans of Kyrgyzstan. It was agreed that the Fishermen should submit a formal, translated proposal to work within Kyrgyzstan to provide medical relief and education to the orphaned children of their country.

As of August, 2007, our proposal was accepted by Kyrgyz officials and we began a massive program to collect medical supplies for distribution throughout Kyrgyzstan.

United Nations

In addition to our diplomatic activity we are also communicating with the United Nations to work with key departments engaged in similar actions world-wide. Although we are currently involved in Kyrgyzstan, we have every intention to immediately expand our services to include other nations of central Asia, including Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and possibly Afghanistan. Discussions with NGOs and UN agencies in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have already begun. As long as funding is available we will continue to expand our services as far and wide as possible.

Working in coordination with the IOM (International Organization for Migration) as well as UN agencies, departments, and programs such as UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNHCR, UNODC, and the WHO, we hope to provide orphanages and orphaned children in refugee camps with vital medical supplies and other support to better their lives. In conjunction with our future projects, we believe our efforts will make a true difference in the health and happiness of children around the world.

Domestic Operations

Domestically, we have a program called The Forum. The Forum is a non-denominational, non-political internet message board intended to inspire orphaned children to become successful adults. Offering up their experience and education, volunteers use email to establish a rapport with children who contact us asking for ideas and advice regarding potential careers. Please examine our list of professions for which volunteers have agreed to consult. If you wish to assist please contact us and we will provide you with the information you need to access The Forum and begin guiding orphaned children from around the world on a career path that will help them find a brighter future.

How Can You Help?

Collectively, Alex and Sarah have provided 16 years of assistance to men, women, and children around the world with little to no outside support. However, to make a true difference in the lives of others we need your help. Please examine the opportunities below to assist us in making our work as effective as possible:

  • Funding: We need financial donations to purchase supplies for orphanages and refugee camp services related to orphans, as well as to fund missions.
  • Medical Supplies: One of our primary functions is to provide medical supplies to orphanages and refugee camp services related to orphaned children. We need as much support as possible to fulfill their needs. Please examine our list of preferred items and send what you are able.
  • Volunteers: Volunteer your time to help us raise funds and acquire medical supplies. When our activities expand we will also need volunteers to assist us with domestic and overseas projects.

Future Projects

What Do We Need?

As always, funding is necessary to accomplish the goals of any non-profit organization. We rely on the support of caring individuals to make our plans possible. For us to achieve the above projects we will need:

  • Financial Support
  • Donated printing
  • Contacts within the CDC, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNODC, UNV, WHO, and any other organization willing to provide support
  • Translators
  • Volunteers qualified in providing information on child care
  • Medical volunteers qualified in providing information on childbirth
  • Volunteers interested in teaching basic hygienic care
  • Medical volunteers qualified in communicable disease control
  • Medical volunteers qualified in providing information on HIV/AIDS
  • Medical volunteers qualified in providing information on TB
  • Volunteer dentists
  • Volunteer dental hygienists
  • Volunteer teachers
  • Volunteer tutors
  • Volunteer drivers in mission countries
  • Volunteer physical therapists

FUNDRAISING GOAL: KYRGYZSTAN

Visa

80.00

Airfare

2400.00

Accomodations

560.00

Transportation in Country

400.00

Translator

300.00

Food

840.00

Medical Supplies

6000.00

Various Expenses

600.00

Total

11.180.00

Donate

We need your assistance to provide orphanages and refugee camp services related to orphans with the medical supplies they need. Whether it is one item or an entire container, anything you donate will help.

Most of what we need can be found at your local grocery store or pharmacy. As we collect these items, we will either ship them to orphanages and refugee camps with which we have a rapport or will schedule a mission trip to distribute the material directly to ensure their safe arrival. We will also educate both administrators and children about their proper use.

Please examine our medical supply list. All material donations will be used to supply orphanages and refugee camp services related to orphans. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Funding

Financial donations are gladly accepted. Alex and Sarah fund all of The Fishermen’s activities, but financial support will help expand current missions and provide the needed assistance to begin new projects. All donations will be used solely for the purpose of purchasing supplies for orphanages and refugee camp services related to orphans as well as to fund our missions.

We have policies in place to ensure that any financial gift will be used properly. None of The Fishermen’s officers or directors are paid a salary and administrative costs are kept to a bare minimum. Both our bylaws and Conflict of Interest policy are available for your inspection. Although our 501(c)(3) status is pending, a copy of our filed application may also be viewed. Beginning January 1, 2009, a copy of our Form 990 will be available to the public.

Medical Supplies

  • Respirators rated for TB or better (0.9micron)
  • Disposable airway kits
  • Disposable bag valve resuscitators (infant and pediatric)
  • Burn sheets
  • Band aids (all sizes and shapes)
  • Abdominal pads
  • Trauma dressings
  • Sterile dressings
  • Gauze rolls
  • Waterproof medical tape
  • Elastic bandages
  • Eye pads
  • Petroleum gauzes
  • Nitrile gloves (small)
  • Hot/Cold packs
  • Iodine (preferably in individual packs rather than bottles)
  • Bandage scissors (5 1/2 and 7 1/4)
  • Splinter forceps
  • Kelly forceps
  • Shears
  • Waterproof medical tape
  • Waterproof medical tape
  • Waterproof medical tape
  • Bee sting kits
  • Snake bite kits
  • Burn pads
  • CPR masks (disposable)
  • Bacitracin ointment
  • Triple antibiotic ointment
  • PVP swabsticks
  • Blood Stopper bandages
  • Kerlix rolls
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Finger splints
  • Hand-powered pediatric suction units
  • Surgical gowns
  • Lab Coats
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Prepackaged 1st Aid Kit
  • Backpacks
  • Dental floss
  • Q-tips
  • Cotton balls
  • Tongue depressors
  • Rubbing alcohol swabs
  • New gloves and socks
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Anti-flea and lice shampoo
  • Anbesol
  • Nail clippers

About the Founders

Although the Fishermen has been in existence for less than one year, Alexander Gowen and Sarah Blocher share over 21 years of experience in the relief sector. Thus far they have provided medical and social assistance to Chechnya, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine, Russia, Standing Rock Indian Reservation, Orange County Florida, and Wake County North Carolina. Currently, all operational costs of the Fishermen are paid for by Alex and Sarah.

Alex’s credentials include an EMS certification with the state of North Carolina and specialized courses on chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) casualty management with the Department of Energy and the United States Army. He is the author of the Surviving Terrorism counter-terrorism handbook series for first responders and is the former director of the Anti-Slavery Task Force (ASTAF), a non-profit organization that investigated cases of modern slavery. For 16 years Alex has undertaken actions to supply medical and other humanitarian aid to the people of various nations including Standing Rock Indian Reservation, ND, where he and his brother, Richard, became adopted members of the Bravebull family and the Lakota tribe.

Sarah has experience volunteering her time with educators in her community, as well as with humanitarian aid and fair trade organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Ten Thousand Villages. She has a 2006 EMT-Basic certification, and experience providing basic medical care in both the ambulance and hospital setting. The Fishermen is the realization of Sarah’s life-long goal of making the world a better place.

Contact Us

The Fishermen

Email:

trinity.oak@prodigy.net

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Posted by worldorphanrelief on June 9, 2008

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