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Posted by worldorphanrelief on October 29, 2012

 

We are happy to announce that our medical supplies bound for the Kiwanja IDP camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo arrived safely on Friday, October 26, 2012.  Randy Bridges, our inventory manager, and Natalie Reeves assisted us with unloading the truck and inspecting the supplies.  We wish to thank Samaritan’s Purse for the donation and helping us protect the people of the DRC.  It is our hope to have our mission plan complete and ready for execution within the next 7 days.

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My Thoughts on our Actions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Posted by worldorphanrelief on October 25, 2012

Me and my old airplane, Curly.

 

As you know, we have been dedicating a great deal of financial and material resources to the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  The reason for our attention is considerable:  over the past 15 years more than 5.4 million people have died due to civil war and, because of a recent rise in hostilities between FARCD and rebel forces, almost 2.2 million people are now displaced and seeking refuge in IDP camps in Burundi, the DRC, Rwanda, Sudan, and Uganda.

Though we are a small organization with a primary focus on orphaned children, we realize that even if every international agency provides aid to the DRC it would still be insufficient.  Thus, we must answer the call and do whatever we can do draw attention to the needs of the people and get them the necessary support to survive this crisis.

For our task, we ask that you join us and provide the aid required to help the children of Kiwanja.  We need combat-experienced medics, logistical support from in-country NGOs, donated air fare to the DRC for our volunteers, and medical supplies of any sort.  Let them know that the people of North Carolina and America have heard their cries and are rising to the occasion.

We cannot stop all the mass rape, brutal murders, forced military servitude, and other horrors these children face on a daily basis, but to save just one life will make our effort worth-while.  As Edmund Burke said several centuries ago, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”  Speaking for myself, I shall not stand idly by.

Please bear with us as we engage in this dangerous but necessary mission.  We have not forgotten our other responsibilities and will continue to provide the support needed to care for the orphaned children of the world.

Thank you for listening.

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$10,000.00 USD in Medical Supplies Being Prepared for Shipment to Kiwanja

Posted by worldorphanrelief on October 24, 2012

 

We will be shipping in excess of $10,000 USD of medical supplies to the Kiwanja IDP camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the next 60 days.  I will be leading a small team of volunteers to accompany our aid package to assure proper delivery and dispersal.

Since our last posting, the M23 rebel group has made a successful push north and has occupied the territory around the Kiwanja camp.  FARCD (Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo) and MONUSCO (United Nations Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo) troops will be unable to provide assistance.  That being said, with proper clearance from local authorities it will be possible to access Kiwanja safely.

As soon as a departure date has been selected it will be announced.  If you have medical training (Paramedic or above) and wish to volunteer please let me know asap.  Those with military experience preferred.

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5th Substantive Meeting of The Fishermen Concludes

Posted by worldorphanrelief on October 24, 2012

 

We have concluded our 2012 fall meeting and have the following to announce:

1) Ravi Mehta will be the new director of our Refugee Program.  His exemplary work and leadership on the Kiwanja IDP camp project showed us that he has what it takes to manage such a daunting task.

2) Natalie Reeves’ program proposal for India has been officially accepted.  Shipments for select orphanages in the state of Maharashtra will begin shortly.

3) A team will accompany our aid shipment to Kiwanja to assure dispersal and proper use.

4) The date of our Kiwanja mission will be announced in the next 30 days.

5) Joanna LiVecchi will be engaging in a new literary effort to be submitted to the fifty-seventh session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
We wish to thank everyone for their time and participation in the 5th annual Substantive Meeting of the Fishermen and look forward to seeing you again in the next few months!

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New Project to Provide Medical Aid to Orphanages in Maharashtra to Begin in December

Posted by worldorphanrelief on October 19, 2012

Fishermen Spokesperson Natalie Reeves

Our celebrity spokesperson, Natalie Reeves, has been a significant contributor of exploratory project initiatives and funding, some of which have become permanent Fishermen programs (e.g.:  medical support for IDP camps in the Democratic Republic of the Congo).  Last month Natalie spearheaded a new campaign to expand our services to India where there is a great need for our support.  As a result of her effort we are able to begin providing basic medical aid to several orphanages in the state of Maharashtra without overwhelming our budget.  Thank you, Natalie, for your contribution to the health and welfare of the orphaned children of India!

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Samaritan’s Purse to Provide Material Assistance for Our Mission to the DRC

Posted by worldorphanrelief on October 18, 2012

 

We are happy to announce that Samaritan’s Purse (http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php) will be donating a large shipment of medical supplies for our mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Once received we will immediately see k a suitable cargo service to deliver the material to the Kiwanja IDP camp, which is located in the North Kivu province close to the Rwandan border on the eastern side of the DRC.  The M23 rebel group (http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/09/11/dr-congo-m23-rebels-committing-war-crimes) operates heavily in the North Kivu region, which means that any mission will be extremely hazardous and Fishermen accompaniment will be strictly voluntary.  That being said, since the Kiwanja camp maintains a population of nearly 2/3 children our presence is worth the danger.  Our mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo is tentatively scheduled for late November, 2012, and will incorporate a visit to the Mary Herbert Batt clinic in Kikwit to which we have been providing aid.  Thank you, Samaritan’s Purse, for your support!

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Our “Do Not Touch” Coloring Book in Pashto Being Reviewed

Posted by worldorphanrelief on October 15, 2012

 

Our “Do Not Touch” coloring book has been transferred to MRE experts in Afghanistan for review.  The publication is in the hands of the Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (MACCA) and will asses our work for cultural awareness, accuracy of translation, and adherence to MRE guidelines.  Once returned we will add a few landmines which have been causing trouble specific to Afghan children and begin the printing and distribution process.  We hope that our new comprehensive regional MRE/UXO awareness program will save the lives of many children around the world.  Again, thank you for your patience as we refine our education process.

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Medics to Help Complete our “Basic Medical Care” Handbook for Children

Posted by worldorphanrelief on October 15, 2012

To assist us in the successful and expedient completion of our “Basic Medical Handbook” for children (which has been changed to the “Hurt Book”), US Army medics have volunteered their time.  With their participation we will be able to focus on impromptu medical care of life-threatening wounds using items on-hand rather than standard medical supplies, which is the situation that most of the children using our book will face.  We thank our volunteers for helping us with this important endeavor.

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The Fishermen to Meet About Upcoming Aid Mission to the Kiwanja IDP Camp, DRC

Posted by worldorphanrelief on October 15, 2012

 

Members of The Fishermen will be meeting this Saturday to discuss the final details of our aid package for the Kiwanja IDP camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During this meeting we will address logistics as well as who will be accompanying the shipment.  It is our hope to have the supplies collected and dispatched before Christmas, 2012.

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