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StandWithMeYear#2

$2,788 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 6 months
Hello, I am a midwife and nurse practitioner. I have spent the last two decades working in Gainesville Florida. For over 15 years I have worked/volunteered in disaster relief and international humanitarian and development work both as an independent person and with aid organizations. I have worked in Haiti, Colombia, Gambia, Rwanda, Morocco, Kenya, the DRC, New Orleans & Mississippi and most recently in Turkey, Beirut, Jordan and Iraq.  I have been extremely fortunate to have a supportive family, employer, and community.

 My work is, in most substantial part, is with Syrian refugees. However much of my work also is with refugees and internally displaced persons from many other countries in the region. Most recently I worked with IDPs in Hammam-Al-Alil Iraq.

I am asking for small donations $10/$20; they add up! I will continue to share with you information about my work and how the money is used while working in the region. When my work is contracted, and I am paid, I do not seek donations (unless for specific medications not available). When I volunteer, pay for my transportation, time off of work and accommodations, I request donations for essential medicines and necessary resources for those I serve. 

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 13 million people 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. My next travel includes work in Cox Bazaar with Rohingya refugees. I will be providing direct medical care to refugees within the region. Care will consist of obstetrical care, gynecological care, reproductive care/contraception, primary care.
I will return to Turkey, and the Middle East as this population and crisis is very close to my heart.
How the funds will be spent (be specific as possible):
Funds will be used to purchase essential medications, I have purchased over 400 IUDs, 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 spoke with my colleague at Midwife Pilgrim today. The situation in Cox Bazaar is grim. The impending monsoon season is a dark cloud; we know it is coming. What preparations have been made for this vulnerable population? Good people on the ground are doing the critical work. But this vulnerable population is not in the headlines. More must be done in preparation, prevention, prophylaxis - why are these not in the vocabulary of global funding. To prevent cholera, to prevent flooding tents, to prevent malaria, to prevent maternal and newborn death. Prevention, this is my current hope. To get there, on the ground, to work with those that have been doing so much already and to look ahead, what can we do today to make it better tomorrow? Anyway just checking in, as I try to wrap my head around what I can do to help. I try to remember, any little bit, an effort, toward behaving like an engaged human is showing hope. We all do our bit, where we can, I can't help this is my bit. It pulls me hard and deep to be there.
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Hello all,
I have been a bit absent from updates on my GoFundMe. I think a part of that is feeling that I am asking my friends to support this work over and over. I guess I should be looking for big donors, writing more grants, figuring it out on my own somehow. All if that is on my "to do" or actively "doing" list. I am still working meanwhile, trying to maintain and home for my youngest for the next three years of his high school education. Then I will go to work permanently in the region. Fortunately, both of my employers here in the states are very supportive of my volunteerism work. Most recently Midwife Pilgrim and the Syrian American Medical Society has requested I go to Cox Bazaar to work on projects with the Royhinga. Yet another humanitarian crisis that falls in and out of the headlines. I will keep you all posted on the project and my work. I appreciate all the support. I feel fortunate to be able to go and serve and saddened that there is such need. Thinking today of the children that remain hope-filled and courageous in the face of such tremendous insecurity. The hope must be contagious and I believe must be why time and time again I return and feel it all is worth it, somehow.
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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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