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Starting Back and Giving Back!

Starting Back and Giving Back!

Stephanie Olcay – Atlanta, GA

I recently decided I wanted to get more involved with charity work, but with a full-time job, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to pursue (other than the usual monetary donations to several animal rescue, breast cancer awareness, and other organizations). I started researching many charitable organizations, but none caught my attention and really struck a chord with me as much as Global Medical Relief Fund did. The timing was incredible!

I had been researching organizations for months.  One evening my husband and I were flipping through the t.v. channels and we landed on CBS-TV’s “60 Minutes”.  It just so happened that the topic was charitable organizations.  They talked a lot about large, well-known organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation among others.  At the end of the segment was an interview with Elissa Montanti, the founder of Global Medical Relief Fund and the story of one of the children they helped.  That very night I sent GMRF an email to get more information. I was searching for an smaller organization with a focus specifically on children. Continue Reading…

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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…

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

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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!

Marzia from Afghanistan

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We brought precious little Marzia from Afghanistan last December. She was injured in a firefight and lost her right eye from a gunshot wound. While with us and our children at GMRF’s “Dare to Dream House,” she received a beautiful prosthetic eye courtesy of Annette Kirsrot, B.C.O., from Ocular Prosthetics, Inc. Her face lit up when she first looked in the mirror! Marzia also received nasal surgery from our partners-in-effort Mission: Restore to open her airways and aid in her breathing. Marzia is now home; we look forward to having her back for follow-up visits.

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