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Update Valya

Posted by worldorphanrelief on May 31, 2019

As you may recall, I took on a stage 4 Lymphoma patient in Ukraine (fundraising only) last January. Her name is Valya, and she is a great and courageous person whose strength I admire.

Valya is now on her 2nd to last chemo session and is doing very well! The funds I was able to raise (200 + 45 bank transfer fee) was successfully delivered the other day…after many weeks of complications. A large sum for a person with my diverse financial needs but a tiny amount when it comes to trying to save a life.

I made a promise that if she beats her cancer I would pay for her to see Venice. It is her dream. I expect this day will come. Please keep her in your prayers as she is in mine…every day.


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Volunteers Needed

Posted by worldorphanrelief on May 20, 2019

We are seeking volunteers to join us for field operations in harsh mission zones. This is in keeping with my recent announcement that we are returning to the original purpose of The Fishermen, which is to assist people where other NGOs cannot. We prefer a solid team but understand that participation will be based on your availability.
1) Combat experience highly preferred.
2) Medical experience preferred.
3) Ability to remain on-location for 2 weeks minimum preferred.
4) Excellent communication and diplomatic skills required.
5) Ability to work with children…especially special needs…required.
6) Ability to operate in hostile environments required.
Our basic expectation is for you to work in coordination with UN agencies on-location, as well as provide medical aid and assistance to orphanages and refugees in complicated jurisdictions and under harsh conditions. Actual combat conditions are unlikely, but absolutely possible. The majority of what we are to accomplish is what we have done since the beginning: deliver medical supplies/services, comfort the people, provide hope, and assist in evacuation efforts when needed. We operate on our own but coordinate with UN agencies whenever possible.
Occupations of particular interest are as follows:
1) Combat Medic
2) Nurse
3) Paramedic
4) Psychologist
5) Social Workers
6) Teachers
Again, we need volunteers. There are no rewards, benefits, or paychecks. We are in this to save lives – nothing more…nothing less. If interested please contact me directly. I hope to hear from you.

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Fishermen Announcement

Posted by worldorphanrelief on May 13, 2019

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Sarah and I created The Fishermen to respond to calls in places others dare not tread. I kept this goal alive but believe that in the past few years I have become soft, choosing known targets over dangerous ones because they are easier…cheaper. This ends today.
Effective immediately, I am reinstating the original concept of The Fishermen and placing harsh targets back on the list. Priority will be based on urgency, not convenience. If there are people in need who are not being accessed by aid agencies, we will take the call. Remember – this is who we are.
Ukraine Mission 10 will remain on the roster as well as Colombia Mission 2. They are set and will not be cancelled. Working with UNHRC in CO remains a primary task, as is alleviating the crisis in Venezuela. Mission announcements to harsh targets will be censored for security purposes.
I thank you all for your continued support. I am unsure where we will go after UA 10 and CO 2, but Kate and I can promise that wherever we land, we will make a difference.
Photo:  On the way to assist an orphanage under fire in Shchastya, 2014.

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