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Raised by 36 people in 4 months
Hello, I am a midwife and nurse practitioner. I have spent the last two decades working in Gainesville Florida and most of the past decade also doing international disaster relief, development, and refugee work with aid organizations. I have worked in Haiti, Colombia, Gambia, Rwanda, Morocco, Kenya, the DRC, New Orleans & Mississippi and most recently in Turkey, Beirut,  and Iraq.  I have been extremely fortunate to have a supportive family and community. I have also worked hard and trained with amazing teachers and gained the privilege to have skills that are useful and in demand in aid work.
I will work in Jordan this November. My work is mostly with Syrian refugees but has included refugees and internally displaced persons from many other countries in the region. Last fall I volunteered in Turkey. The work involved providing health care to Syrian refugees living in unofficial camps in Turkey. I worked with an incredible team and group of friends some health care practitioners, some refugees themselves and an assorted mix of ex-pats and humans who sacrifice and give so much to take care of so many. I made trips to Turkey and another to Beirut, and with the support of friends, family, and strangers I raised enough money to buy essential medicines, provide to health care at local clinics and hospitals and assist with some housing and basic needs for people displaced by conflict. Summer 2017 I worked in Iraq, which was a paid position, and therefore did not fundraise for assistance. Through UNFPA and Aspen Medical-  I worked in a trauma and maternal field hospital during the Mosul and Tel-Afar offensives. The work was primarily with internally displaced Iraqis.
This  November I will be traveling to Jordan to provide OB/GYN care in Al Zaatari camp- a massive Syrian refugee camp. I am once again reaching out for support as this is a voluntary project, I will pay for my travel and accommodations. I am asking for help to assist with medical costs and medications for the refugees I will be serving.
We are all aware of the global need for support in so many areas and for so many people. The people of Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Bangladesh (for the Rohingya),  northern California and on and on. I am grateful to all who give and serve wherever they can. 
I am asking for small donations; they add up. I will continue to share with you information about my work and how the money is used while working in the camp. I know most of you are aware that, although the news cycle and mass media has grown weary and bored with the Syrian crisis and civil war, the people continue to suffer, it has been six years of war, and over 11 million have fled Syria. Most to live in unofficial refugee camps, stateless, and often forgotten by the world. Thank-you, every tiny bit helps!


Who you are and where you’re from:
Cindy Nelly Certified Nurse Midwife and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner from Gainesville Florida and Northampton Massachusettes
Your relationship with the parties for whom you are raising funds and your method of contact with them:
I will be working as a health care provider in refugee camps. I will be providing direct medical care to refugees within the camps. Care will include obstetrical care, gynecological care, reproductive care/contraception, primary care.
How the funds will be spent (be specific as possible):
Funds will be used to purchase essential medications, surgical or medical fees when necessary, transportation fees if necessary and other essentials of daily living.
Your specific plan for how the funds will be withdrawn from and sent to the beneficiary of the campaign:
I will withdraw funds from the campaign while in the country and use directly for services, supplies, fees, medications, etc.
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I was delivering babies into the wee hours last night when I received a text asking for support in Turkey. To return to Turkey to take care of women there who live in unofficial "refugee camps." Hasan has continued to work tirelessly with these women while colleagues have had to flee the country, have lost their jobs, and while Syrian refugees continue to be neglected by the humanitarian world. Essentially, the country that hosts the greatest number of refugees is not being scrutinized for its behavior and service delivery for refugees. Meanwhile, bombs continue to fall and years go by... Hasan, and others that work on the ground day in and day out, sacrificing and risking everything to care for the most vulnerable are the brightest lights. For me, he is the most inspiring - along with the refugees who have endured so much. I believe the only way things will change, is one person, one small team that is dedicated to grassroots to find a way to get care to people - to fight through bureaucracy and financial systems - to not live in fear but to seek solutions. I believe refugees deserve to be given a voice, to demand the human rights afforded to them by the Geneva Convention and we as individuals and countries are accountable. How will we tell this story to our children if we do not act. So, on my son's 15th birthday- I am working to make my way back to Turkey, to help. I will continue to work on my other projects, but how when asked, can I turn away from the opportunity to help?
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300 IUDs purchased today, thank you
Reproductive choices for refugees.
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I have arrived in Jordan. This is a beautiful country. As the SAMS group gathers to discuss the amazing work to be done this week, I am once again inspired, by the willingness of individuals to come together to work for something good in the world. As healthcare practitioners, organizers, logisticians, and translators this group choose to make personal sacrifices (leaving families, and jobs) to come work for what is right and good about our chosen professions. Beyond borders, without financial compensation, each person has chosen to reach out directly. We are deciding not to turn our backs, but instead, to listen to the stories, to provide as much and as good of care as possible in our short time here. I feel grateful to know and work with these individuals and honored to care for those who have lost so much and yet have such grace, humility, and strength. Inspired, tired, sad, and hopeful... all of these things at once. More later, give here or on the other link as you can, mostly just remember and talk about this important issue, remember the people, what they have been through and are living through, not to feel guilt or lost about how to help but because we are human and we must see other's pain, recognize it and find our own way to not look away- maybe it is to raise our children to understand more, or maybe to help our neighbors with more compassion or maybe to stand up and push through our fears and speak out against injustice wherever we see it, or maybe it is going to work with a smile and with gratitude and looking at those we see every day and remembering they have a story.
so many stories, so many impacted lives
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