Help Refugees- Jordan and Europe

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Raised by 146 people in 34 months
Dear community

I am heading back overseas soon to continue working with the refugees needing so much support.
Since leaving Lesvos, Greece in January I have felt like a piece of my heart was left there, winding itself inextricably with the beautiful people I have met, heart broken by their plight but also inspired by their incredible resilience and determination to seek a better life for themselves and their families. Part of me is there... checking updates all the time, staying in touch with a few refugees I connected more deeply with, and finding ways to help locally and overseas.


When I received an invitation from Global Outreach Doctors ( globaloutreachdoctors.org ) to join their medical team in Jordan at the Zaatari refugee camp I could not refuse. My heart said go! What a blessing to be able to be in service to those most in need. With Global Outreach Doctors I will be offering medical acupuncture at the Zaatari refugee camp's hospital and clinics for PTSD, trauma and pain.

About Global Outreach Doctors: The Global Outreach Doctors staff and partners collectively have worked in almost every corner of the globe. Unlike other organizations, Global Outreach Doctors provides both western and eastern complimentary medical practitioners. Our team includes medical doctors, nurses, paramedics, naturopaths, homeopaths, acupuncturists and psychologists. This provides optimal care for people in disaster and underserved areas.

Jordan, a small country of just eight million people, has taken in 628,175 Syrian refugees so far - more than the entire European Union has taken in over last year. What started as a temporary tent settlement for a few hundred Syrian refugees on a barren piece of land in July 2012 has quickly grown into an informal city, with schools, hospitals, playgrounds and mosques.
The Zaatari camp now houses approximately 100 000 refugees that have fled the conflict in Syria.
See a brief video on the camp here: https://youtu.be/UMDObKVf2VE




After Jordan, I will be spending about 2 weeks in Europe helping at various camps there. As the situation is quite volatile and changes quickly, my exact location is to be determined, but will be mostly between Lesvos, Athens and Idomeni in Greece.

Why do I go?
Because I can. because it is important to be present to be a witness to the situations and to be there in person for the people that most need help. Because I feel the acupuncture I give can help people cope with the trauma and pain they are experiencing and thus be better able to move forward in life and live more. Because this work calls to my heart.

Why Donate?

The Costs:
If you feel called to help me get to Jordan and Europe, please do!
I am hoping to raise enough funds for my flights and hotel. The total for this will be about $5000.

Here is what my costs will look like:
Flight to Amman $1500
Flights and transport in Europe $1000
Hotel in Amman $97.0 per night. $1164 total for 12 nights. We are staying together as a group in a high security hotel.
Lodging in Europe will be about $630 for 2 weeks.

Any donations above this amount will go directly to continue supporting the organizations on the ground doing phenomenal work helping the refugees and the communities that support them.

Most of the funds raised to $17500 have been already  donated to groups and individuals on the ground.  The rest will be donated  when I am there where I witness it it being of most help.
$5000 above this sum will go towards helping me return overseas to volunteer.

THANK YOU!

Please share this fundraiser to as many people as you can!

Unfortuantely larger organizations like the UNCHR have been inadequate in their ability to help.

So far more than 500.000 people have arrived through Turkey to Greece then into the rest of Europe and the total number  is expected to raise to 1 million in the next year. The island is totally dependent on the work of volunteers and their international networks.

My experience volunteering on Lesvos in December has openend me to the world of possibilities of what can happen when good people work together to help others, to save lives and put themselves totally in service for their fellow brothers and sisters.
Volunteers are invaluable to keep many of the camps and help centres running and ensuring the safety and health of the most vulnerable people.
So I am called to go!

If you spare some funds, your money will end up where it is needed.

With immense gratitude! 

Peace.
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Dear community

I am heading back overseas soon to continue working with the refugees needing so much support.
Since leaving Lesvos, Greece in January I have felt like a piece of my heart was left there, winding itself inextricably with the beautiful people I have met, heart broken by their plight but also inspired by their incredible resilience and determination to seek a better life for themselves and their families. Part of me is there... checking updates all the time, staying in touch with a few refugees I connected more deeply with, and finding ways to help locally and overseas.


When I received an invitation from Global Outreach Doctors ( globaloutreachdoctors.org ) to join their medical team in Jordan at the Zaatari refugee camp I could not refuse. My heart said go! What a blessing to be able to be in service to those most in need. With Global Outreach Doctors I will be offering medical acupuncture at the Zaatari refugee camp's hospital and clinics for PTSD, trauma and pain.
About Global Outreach Doctors: The Global Outreach Doctors staff and partners collectively have worked in almost every corner of the globe. Unlike other organizations, Global Outreach Doctors provides both western and eastern complimentary medical practitioners. Our team includes medical doctors, nurses, paramedics, naturopaths, homeopaths, acupuncturists and psychologists. This provides optimal care for people in disaster and underserved areas.

Jordan, a small country of just eight million people, has taken in 628,175 Syrian refugees so far - more than the entire European Union has taken in over last year. What started as a temporary tent settlement for a few hundred Syrian refugees on a barren piece of land in July 2012 has quickly grown into an informal city, with schools, hospitals, playgrounds and mosques.
The Zaatari camp now houses approximately 100 000 refugees that have fled the conflict in Syria.
See a brief video on the camp here: https://youtu.be/UMDObKVf2VE


After Jordan, I will be spending about 2 weeks in Europe helping at various camps there. As the situation is quite volatile and changes quickly, my exact location is to be determined, but will be mostly between Lesvos, Athens and Idomeni in Greece.

Why do I go?
Because I can. because it is important to be present to be a witness to the situations and to be there in person for the people that most need help. Because I feel the acupuncture I give can help people cope with the trauma and pain they are experiencing and thus be better able to move forward in life and live more. Because this work calls to my heart.

The Costs:
If you feel called to help me get to Jordan and Europe, please do!
I am hoping to raise enough funds for my flights and hotel. The total for this will be about $5000.

Here is what my costs will look like:
Flight to Amman $1500
Flights and transport in Europe $1000
Hotel in Amman $97.0 per night. $1164 total for 12 nights. We are staying together as a group in a high security hotel.
Lodging in Europe will be about $630 for 2 weeks.

Any donations above this amount will go directly to continue supporting the organizations on the ground doing phenomenal work helping the refugees and the communities that support them.

Peace and Love.

THANK YOU!


PS
You may be wondering where the already raised funds have been donated to.... Together we have

- Supplied thousands of cups of tea and snacks to refugees
- helped the Dirty Girls of Lesvos pick up, clean and redistribute hundreds of clothing, sleeping bags and blankets
- Directly bought and given gloves, hats, sweaters to refugees
- helped Starfish Foundation on Lesvos continue their work on the beaches and at the camps with refugees
-donated to the medical clinic at Moria camp
- given directly to many individuals and families who have lost so much so they could more safely continue their trip in Europe
- donated to Calais and Dunkirk refugee camps
- helped a small school for refugees run by refugees in Istanbul, Turkey be able to stay home. This school serves the children of an extremely impoverished population of those that have escaped war.


























Zaatari from the sky
Zaatari
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A radio interview I did this morning about my time on Lesvos.
http://cirh.streamon.fm/listen-pl-1117
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First of all thank you. Because of your ongoing donations we are able to keep giving to the refugees and volunteer organizations on Lesvos. As funds come in, I assess where best to give depending on the situation of the day. Giving directly to the small grassroots NGOs and to the refugees has huge, immediate impact.

I have decided to alter my campaign slightly from donating all funds to the needs on Lesvos, Greece, to extending the donations to various refugee camps in Europe in desperate need of support. Thousands of people escaping violence and persecution are still arriving daily, seeking safety, security, peace.

In the past year over 500 000 have passed through Lesvos alone, before entering the rest of Europe, and over a million refugees have entered Europe seeking asylum. Officials think that the numbers will double in 2016.
The need for funding and physical help is constant and profound in places like refugee camp Moria on Lesvos as it is in many of the refugee camps in Europe.
There is totally inadequate shelter for many people at many refugee camps, including Moria so many refugees are stuck in the freezing cold, the rain and the elements. When it rains camps turn into muddy, dirty, cold, even more gloomy and unhealthy places. The camps are always running out of dry sock, shoes, warm clothes and often food to give out to the refugees that arrive.

Even in the highly dangerous winter conditions, people keep arriving by the thousands in boats from Turkey escaping their war torn homes with almost no possessions.

On many days, people die at sea trying to reach Greece from hypothermia or drownings. People are dying of malnutrition, insufficient medical care and hypothermia throughout Europe.
Children, women, men... all desperately trying to reach a land of safety. None spared by the cruelty of human folly and the biting cold of winter and stormy seas.

I am blessed to be able to donate, because of you, to some of the incredible grassroots volunteer organizations saving lives every day. The work done on the ground is hard, heart wrenching, constant. The lives of many of the most vulnerable depend on the wonderful volunteers tirelessly working. Time and time again I hear how inadequate the large organizations are at helping people in the quickest, most appropriate and humane way...

Please share this fundraiser to as many people as you can!

My intention and hope is to return to Greece and Europe in the spring to continue doing some work there.
I will be bringing my acupuncture supplies and my years of healthcare knowledge to help refugees and volunteers with the trauma, pain and health concerns that many have and will be also continue helping in whatever capacity is needed.

The journeys these people take to find new lives in security are so dangerous but for many people, their land and homes are more dangerous. Children, women, men... all desperately trying to reach a land of safety. None spared by the cruelty of human folly and the biting cold of winter and stormy seas.

Please donate.
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I am deeply appreciative of all the people that have donated to this campaign.
Many, many people were helped by the contributions made by this caring community. It was so touching to see how quickly contributions were well used by volunteer groups and the grateful faces of some of the families that could get immediate support for their journeys into Europe in the middle of winter.

I am now back in Vancouver and back at work. The readjustment to home life has been a bit challenging and emotional as there is much to process about this trip.
It was intense, challenging and hugely heart opening. The people I encountered on Lesvos, from the residents, the volunteers to the refugees were incredibly kind and wonderful people.

I hope to return to Europe in the spring to volunteer again at refugee camps. The UN estimates twice as many people will be displaced from their homes in 2016 as were in 2015. Help is really needed on the ground and I will be in touch then to update you all with my plans.

Thank you.
Peace be with you.
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Raised by 146 people in 34 months
Created November 18, 2015
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$70
Anonymous
30 months ago
EJ
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Edward and Jon
30 months ago

Thanks for enabling us to help by courageously going to work again on the front lines.

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30 months ago
AN
$20
ari neimand
31 months ago

If only there were more like you in the world.

$240
Anonymous
31 months ago
MN
$25
Meredith Nicole
32 months ago

You're efforts are admired and appreciated. xoxo

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32 months ago
CR
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Chris Ricard
32 months ago

You are making a huge difference. Thank you!

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