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A Word From Fishermen Founders Alex and Sarah

Posted by worldorphanrelief on June 27, 2013

Founders Alex and Sarah Gowen

Founders Alex and Sarah Gowen

 

Recently, Sarah and I have suffered through several tragic experiences.  We have discussed this issue thoroughly and have decided that, in the best interest of the Fishermen, we should announce to you our situation.

Sarah has a yet-to-be diagnosed severe psychiatric disorder.  This is something with which we have both been enduring 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, for quite some time.  For Sarah it is something from which she has suffered for many years.

Though this has slowed the operations of the Fishermen it has not impeded our progress.  I have had to take over the majority of the charity’s operational duties, and together with our stellar volunteer staff we have kept up our momentum.  Diligentia!  Sarah is helping as much as she can, and for that I consider her a hero.

It is important that you to understand that this illness is not Sarah’s fault nor within her control.  For those of you who suffer from or are the caretaker of someone with a mental complication, you already know what we are going through.  If not, I can summarize by saying that it is both a terrifying and traumatic experience for both sides for which there is no easy solution.  For Sarah, I ask for your prayers and support.  As for the Fishermen, we will weather any storm in order to provide aid to the people.  We deeply appreciate you standing by us through this difficult time!

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The Fishermen and Keith McLaurin to Join John Woods of Upright Africa on Upcoming DRC Mission

Posted by worldorphanrelief on June 27, 2013

Artist Keith McLaurin

Artist Keith McLaurin

 

The Fishermen and local artist Keith McLaurin will be joining John Woods of Upright Africa on his next trip to the DR Congo (July 29 – August 5, 2013) to meet existing relationships as well as form new contacts.  While John tends to his mission, Keith and I will be conducting fact finding excursions in order to get to know the area and the people with whom we will be working in South Kivu – a province in the eastern DRC.  Additionally, Keith will help raise awareness of the plight of the people via his artistic talent.  Paintings of his experiences will be displayed and auctioned by Lacey Olin of Hartisan, NYC, who will use the funds to aid those in need of medical care.  We will keep you updated on our progress.

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Tabish Social Health Education Organization of Afghanistan and The Fishermen Join Forces

Posted by worldorphanrelief on June 19, 2013

Tabish

We wish to announce our partnership with Tabish Social Health Education Organization of Afghanistan (http://www.tsheo.com.af/index.php/home).  We have been working with Dr. Wais Aria of Tabish for well over a year at this point, but felt it appropriate to move forward and formalize our relations in lieu of direct contact due to constant delays in our travel plans.  The Tabish organization provides psychological and health services to the people of Afghanistan and has been a tremendous help in the development of our “Do Not Touch” landmine awareness handbook for children.  Currently, Tabish and The Fishermen have been asked by ISAF to provide psychological assessment and treatment to children in Kandahar who have been traumatized by the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.  Once our NATO embed forms have been accepted and travel dates set, we will be spending time with Dr. Aria to help the people while at the same time gathering material for an updated edition of our landmine/IED/ERW-awareness guide.  Welcome aboard, Wais!

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Upright Africa and The Fishermen to Join Forces to Help the People of the DR Congo

Posted by worldorphanrelief on June 19, 2013

Alex, John, and Sarah

Alex, John, and Sarah

Alex, Crystal, and Sarah

Alex, Crystal, and Sarah

On Friday Sarah and I met with Dr. John Woods of Upright Africa (UprightAfrica.org) and discussed cooperative ventures in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  After 6 hours of brainstorming we agreed to join forces and help the people of the DRC.  Our efforts will initially focus on the Panzi hospital in South Kivu (http://www.panzihospital.org/) and the SOS Children’s Villiage of Bukavu (http://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/where-we-help/africa/democratic-republic-congo/bukavu/Pages/default.aspx).  The people of the eastern DRC are in great need of help and we are answering the call. It is our hope that the combined effort of The Fishermen and Upright Africa will help end the suffering of the people.

Domestically, we are launching a campaign with the help of Crystal Woods (John’s daughter) to raise the funds necessary to launch our maiden voyage to the DRC in late July. We will be arranging several local fundraisers and welcome your attendance.  Our goal is to obtain $3,000.00 for travel expenses.  To maximize the effect of my trip I will be carrying medical supplies to be disbursed to the people.  Please keep an eye on our blog so we can inform you of where and when we will hold our first event!

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Grant from Family Christian Ministries Received!

Posted by worldorphanrelief on June 12, 2013

FCS 1
Earlier this year we were selected to receive a grant from the Family Christian’s James Fund (now Family Christian Ministries).  We are honored to be recognized by the people of Family Christian Stores and will use the gift we received late last week to better the lives of orphaned children around the world.  Pictured above is Garland, manager of the Cary branch of Family Christian Stores (located at 301 Crossroads Blvd, Cary, NC), who nominated our organization for the grant.  Thank you FCM and Garland for the wonderful opportunity!

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Work Continuing on both the “Hurt Book” and “Combatants of North and South Kivu”

Posted by worldorphanrelief on June 2, 2013

Cover

 

We are resuming work on both the “Hurt Book,” which is an injury guide for orphaned/abandoned children, and “Combatants of North and South Kivu:  An NGO’s Guide to the DR Congo.”   I hope to have both books completed, reviewed, and made available on our website by the end of the summer.  As always, our publications are free of charge and available to anyone in need.

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