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Waad returns to Iraq with his new prosthetic leg

Little Waad returned home with a new prosthetic leg. We give thanks to our partners-in-effort – Shriners Children’s hospital for making this operation possible.
Saying goodbye is never easy for us, but we hold hope in seeing Waad on his next trip to USA for continued treatment. We wish them a safe trip to Iraq. Until next time, so long sweet Waad!

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Get inspired by incredible medical stories! Six-year-old Marzia nearly lost her life when Taliban militants shot her in the face. See her remarkable story…

By Laura Vasile

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Approaching my senior year at The College of New Jersey, I began searching for an internship.  As a Political Science major, I’ve always been interested in the relationship between the United States and other countries.  I was introduced to GMRF through family, and I had no choice but to fall in love.  I was greeted with two warm hugs by Waad and Sajjad on my first day interning at GMRF.  They immediately invited me to a game of “thumb war,” and just like that, I was no longer the newbie.  Spending time with the children at the “Dare to Dream House” has been so rewarding: Waad, Sajjad, and Ahmed, from Iraq, Ngawang from India, and Sarah from Haiti, always have smiles on their faces, and its evident how much they deeply care about one another.  While I collaborate files, help update the GMRF website, research grants, and help with other tasks in the office, never more than a few moments go by without a child stopping in to say hello, asking a question, or performing a magic trick.  Each child is so full of life, love, wit, and contagious humor– and it is incredibly humbling, considering the trauma they’ve experienced.  Interning with GMRF has been an enormous privilege; I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to work alongside such a passionate and caring staff, and I’m excited to see what’s next!

By Laura Vasile

Laura copy
Approaching my senior year at The College of New Jersey, I began searching for an internship.  As a Political Science major, I’ve always been interested in the relationship between the United States and other countries.  I was introduced to GMRF through family, and I had no choice but to fall in love.  I was greeted with two warm hugs by Waad and Sajjad on my first day interning at GMRF.  They immediately invited me to a game of “thumb war,” and just like that, I was no longer the newbie.  Spending time with the children at the “Dare to Dream House” has been so rewarding: Waad, Sajjad, and Ahmed, from Iraq, Ngawang from India, and Sarah from Haiti, always have smiles on their faces, and its evident how much they deeply care about one another.  While I collaborate files, help update the GMRF website, research grants, and help with other tasks in the office, never more than a few moments go by without a child stopping in to say hello, asking a question, or performing a magic trick.  Each child is so full of life, love, wit, and contagious humor– and it is incredibly humbling, considering the trauma they’ve experienced.  Interning with GMRF has been an enormous privilege; I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to work alongside such a passionate and caring staff, and I’m excited to see what’s next!

Date Aired: August 3, 2012 Global Medical Relief Fund Gets “Dream House”.

Date Aired: August 3, 2012
Global Medical Relief Fund Gets “Dream House”.

Date Aired: August 3, 2012 The Saint of Staten Island Elissa Montanti found a cause worth her passion: helping war-wounded kids.

Date Aired: August 3, 2012
The Saint of Staten Island Elissa Montanti found a cause worth her passion: helping war-wounded kids.

Date Published: August 3, 2012 Daring to Dream on Staten Island.

Date Published: August 3, 2012
Daring to Dream on Staten Island.

Date Published: August 3, 2012 The Staten Island home that love and angels built.

Date Published: August 3, 2012
The Staten Island home that love and angels built.

Date Aired: March 27, 2011 (CBS News) Of all the tragedies of war, none are greater than those that involve children. Caught in the crossfire or hit by a roadside bomb, children are often wounded but rarely receive the heroic, high tech medical care that our troops depend on.

Date Aired: March 27, 2011
(CBS News) Of all the tragedies of war, none are greater than those that involve children. Caught in the crossfire or hit by a roadside bomb, children are often wounded but rarely receive the heroic, high tech medical care that our troops depend on.
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Date Published: March 26, 2011 ’60 Minutes’ to feature relief agency based on Staten Island.

Date Published: March 26, 2011
’60 Minutes’ to feature relief agency based on Staten Island.

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