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Meet Andiswa – 2 month old burn victim from Swaziland

Meet Andiswa – 2 month old burn victim from Swaziland

Andiswa from Swaziland arriving to USA

Andiswa from Swaziland arriving to USA

This is a very special time for all of us at GMRF! For the first time in the 17 years of our mission, we welcomed our first two month-old baby.

Baby Andiswa was brought to our attention by our friends at Heart for Africa, a charity whose mission is to provide care and hope for the children of Swaziland. Both organizations were introduced by Mr. John A. Bardis, CEO of MedAssets, when our Founder, Elissa Montanti, became the proud recipient of the 2012 Norman Borlaug Humanitarian award which honors individuals who have exhibited extraordinary behavior in helping others and making a difference in the world.  Janine Maxwell, co-founder of Heart for Africa, was honored in 2011.

As we reflect on baby Andiswa’s tragedy, we also remind ourselves of the miracle she is and has become to all of us. 

On her behalf, Heart for Africa’s and all of us at GMRF, we thank all our partners-in-effort and our donors for allowing us to continue with GMRF’s mission.

Every Little Bit Helps…

 

More about her story:

Blog by Janine Maxwell, Director of Heart of Africa

Staten Island Advance,  December 2014 Article

Meet Sarki from Nepal

Meet Sarki – 10 year old burn victim from Nepal

Sarki during her first visit with Dr. Kozin at Shriners Hospital for children

Sarki during her first visit with Dr. Kozin at Shriners Hospital for children

Meet our precious Sarki! Sarki is from the Himalaya region, approximately 8,000 feet above sea level.  Sarki and her parents, along with her five siblings, live in a single-room hut in a remote area of Nepal. From the city of Kathmandu, the mountain where Sarki and her family reside is an eight hour trip by car and then a six hour walk.  

When Sarki was two years old, she stumbled into the family’s fire-burning stove during the night.  Due to extreme hunger, she was restless and unable to sleep.  Her father was out tending to sheep and her mother, being deaf, did not hear her cry.  The accident left Sarki with severely burned hands, especially her right one.

Thanks to a network of organizations and our donors, now ten-year-old Sarki and her guardian arrived at the “Dare to Dream” house on August 31st.  She will be in our care through this six month life changing journey as she receives treatment for her burns at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.  Sarki has undergone successful surgery on September 9th, 2014 and she is eager to begin using both of her hands again.

Meet Aldrin – 6 Year old amputee, victim of Typhoon Haiyan

Meet Aldrin – 6 Year old amputee, victim of Typhoon Haiyan

Young Aldrin Tadic, age 6, has arrived from the Philippines for medical treatment and his new leg. During the November, 2013 Typhoon Haiyan, his home city Tacloban was the “hardest hit” according to the Philippines News Agency. He lost his left leg when he was hit by a flying piece of metal. Thousands were reported killed as the storm — described as “one of the world’s most powerful typhoons” — slammed into the Philippine Island nation. As many as 10,000 people are believed to have died just in the city of Tacloban, alone, where entire streets, including homes, schools and businesses, were wiped out. The storm produced wind gusts as high as 230 M.P.H. At least one large ship was washed ashore in Tacloban by strong waves. GMRF has arranged for Aldrin, accompanied by his mother, to come to the United States for medical evaluation and treatment for a prosthetic leg by our partners-in-effort, the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia. Aldrin and his mother have become the newest members of the GMRF family to arrive to our “Dare To Dream House.”

Youth community service – Notre Dame 6th grade students donate hand made blankets

Notre Dame Academy Elementary 6th Grade Class brings warmth to our “Dare to Dream Home.”

Notre Dame students meeting with the GMRF children

The sixth grade students from Notre Dame Academy Elementary colored our day happy with blankets they made for our children. The colorful blankets will become our children’s lucky charms while undergoing treatment.

We are most thankful to Ms. Bernadette Pecora and her class for embracing our mission and making our children feel part of our community.

After a difficult road and many months of therapy Anu is walking again!

After a difficult road and many months of therapy Anu is walking again!

Anu Regmi standing on her own in front of the "Dare to Dream House"

Anu standing on her own for the first time in many years

Fifteen year-old Anu was injured in a bus accident in Nepal.  She suffered the loss of her left leg as well as severe nerve damage to her right arm and leg.  She is currently staying at the GMRF “Dare To Dream House,” while she is being fitted for a prosthetic leg.  She will also undergo surgery to repair the nerve damage in her arm and will receive rehab therapy for her other leg.  When she returns home, doctors expect that she will be able to walk and attend school, which she says misses “very much.”

Previously confined to a wheelchair, she had not walked since the accident in March of 2013. She says that she is excited that she will soon be able to walk to school with her friends again.  Due to complications and the need for extensive treatments, she received several months of care from GMRF.  When she grows up, Anu aspires to become a nurse at home in Nepal.

 

Healing the world: Anu undergoes successful surgery – Another display of corporate and private generosity

Anu undergoes successful surgery – Another display of corporate and private generosity

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Anu having her cast removed by Dr Kozin at the “Shriners hospital for Children”.

Anu is now recovering after she braved a surgery for both her arm and leg . She will stay casted for three weeks and than undergo therapy. We are all looking forward for her to stand and walk proud on her own and to be able to feel her fingers again.

We have only the  Shriners, and you, our donors to thank!

Huffington Post Article by Scott Blakeman: Repairing the World, One Child at a Time

 

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  By Scott Blakeman

 

Repairing the World, One Child at a Time

When a drunk driver in Israel killed her husband, and left her 15-year-old son with burns covering 75 percent of his body, Rita Gold desperately searched for help.

She found a woman on Staten Island who answered her email which read: “We searched your website, and learned about the humanitarian assistance you provide, and the enormous efforts of your noble institution in saving lives of children all over the globe.” Read More…

Huffington Post Article by Scott Blakeman: Repairing the World, One Child at a Time

 

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  By Scott Blakeman

 

Repairing the World, One Child at a Time

When a drunk driver in Israel killed her husband, and left her 15-year-old son with burns covering 75 percent of his body, Rita Gold desperately searched for help.

She found a woman on Staten Island who answered her email which read: “We searched your website, and learned about the humanitarian assistance you provide, and the enormous efforts of your noble institution in saving lives of children all over the globe.” Read More…

Second Annual “Children Helping Children” Fundraiser – Hosted by Emilie Hoffer Brzezinski & Mika Brzezinski

Second Annual “Children Helping Children” Fundraiser

Hosted by Emilie Hoffer Brzezinski & Mika Brzezinski

We have reached yet another milestone, thanks to Emilie Hoffer-Brzezinski, and her mom Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC Morning Joe! They gathered their friends and family to host a fundraiser that we will never forget!

Mr. Richard Mines, owner of WB Wood kicked off the night and Mika called upon her friends to help our mission. Among them, Arianna Huffington, Donny Deutsch, Gail King and many other generous guests. The surprise of the night came from Mika’s co-host Joe Scarborough! He donated $10,000 to our cause in honor of Emilie. But the fun and surprises did not stop there, Vanity Fair caricature renowned artist, Robert Risko delighted our guests with his talents!

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As our GMRF children sang, Don’t Let the Sun go Down on Me by Elton John and George Michael, Mika and Emilie urged their friends to help our global family and thanks to their eagerness to help those who are less fortunate, we will now be able to help 10 children from around the world and home within the next six months!

We are forever thankful to WB Wood and the Mines family for sponsoring the night. Natalie, you are our angel!

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MDC Partners, Goldman & Sachs, Bloomberg, Bank of America, Cosmopolitan, NY Jets, The Donald Trump Foundation and the Wilpon Family Foundation were among our generous donors. FilmAnnex was in the house to interview our guest, we are so thankful to Mr. Francesco Rulli.

The generosity of everyone in attendance and other supporters to our fundraiser has been nothing short of a MIRACLE!

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American youth helping young victims through volunteer work – Boy Scout with Troop 2 donates and builds a shed for GMRF

American youth helping young victims through volunteer work

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During the summer, Matthew Trimmer, a Boy Scout with Troop 2 from Immanuel Union Church, Westerleigh approached  our founder, Elissa Montanti, of Global Medical Relief Fund about doing a service project in order for him to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. He was inspired to do so after his mother Susan, a teacher, was involved in a fundraiser for the charity at her school, P.S. 22. Elisa explained to Matthew that their house was bursting at the seams and needed storage space. Matt realized that building a storage shed would be the perfect project if he could come up with the necessary funds.

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While discussing his idea with his neighbor Tim Sullivan, a member of  North Central  Kiwanis Club, Tim suggested, Matt speak to his club seeking their assistance.  The club members forged together and raised $1,000 towards the project.

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Kiwanis members, Frank and Marco Loffreno of Loffreno  Landscape and Contracting  offered their services laying a concrete slab as the foundation for the shed to lay on.  Along with generous donations from Gil Ross of Ace Hardware on Forest Ave, Matt’s project was becoming a reality.

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On Columbus Day, Matt with the assistance of 7 other scouts and Ahmed, one GMRF kids, set out to build the shed.  By the end of the day, GMRF had a brand new shed sitting in their backyard freeing up much needed space!

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