About Valerie Hellermann

Valerie works endlessly toward her lifetime goal: To build a stronger, healthier, equitable and peaceful global community.

Nov 3: So many similarities . . .

By |2018-11-05T04:03:01+00:00November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

Ahhh Saturday ~ our day off. We all met for a long leisurely breakfast at Melis, our favorite coffee juice bar. I have become addicted to fresh squeezed green apple juice. We went in different directions. Scott ran 7 miles. He is recovered and back to marathon training for the Athens Marathon he will run on [...]

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Nov 2: Humanity really cannot wait. We must ACT NOW!

By |2018-11-03T19:16:14+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

Everyday is different and unpredictable at Moria. Today was wound day. There were many new wounds to treat along with the ones I follow up on daily or every few days. A fight the night before sent 4 men to the hospital, 3 with significant stab wounds that were stitched up at the hospital but needed [...]

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Nov 1: The System is Broken

By |2018-11-03T18:35:41+00:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

I went to a meeting with the NGOs providing healthcare in the camp. Medicine Sans Frontiers, International Refugee Committee, Rowing Together, Doc Mobile and Boat Refugee Foundations. All are frustrated by the broken system. The Greek Government Clinic is STILL closed and that is where we send referrals for X-rays, blood tests, and appointments for [...]

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Oct 31: A Life Vest Not Fit To Save A Life

By |2018-11-03T18:47:34+00:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

Last night a boat came across with 50 people and the above image is the life jacket worn by a child, crossing the Agean! We have been asking Omar for life jackets for our bracelet project that Nancy is working on - we were appalled when he delivered this to us.A rough day, many emergencies. 3 [...]

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Oct 30: Getting in the Rhythm

By |2018-10-31T17:26:51+00:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

Yesterday was another busy day. It is always full on here but we are in the rhythm. Tama is down with a virus, Karen and Scott are fighting sore throats and cough, Nancy fine. I shared a space yesterday with Karen who is doing such amazing work with massage, soothing injured bodies and calming minds. [...]

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Oct 29: What is his story?

By |2018-10-30T03:46:46+00:00October 30th, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

Monday morning - lots of people needing to be seen, the entire team is working really well together and Hadi is smiling a lot more. Tama and Nancy got the shelves up. Tama flirted with the Greek construction laborers to get them assembled and they are up in the supply room and already filled with bins awaiting [...]

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Oct 28: Sunday at the Clinic

By |2018-10-30T02:59:06+00:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

Sunday at the clinic - we only did emergencies today and pediatrics. It was busy. Tonight we gave Mohammad the money for the eye surgery. Hopefully the eye can be saved. We are all tired today. A day off, though much needed, breaks the rhythm and we have to readjust getting back to work. Maybe it [...]

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Oct 27: A Day Off, Staying Focused

By |2018-10-30T03:50:06+00:00October 28th, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

Today was our day off, the clinic was closed. We slept in, washed our hair, did some laundry, met at Melis, our favorite coffee shop, then drove north to Skala Skimenos where the refugee boats arrive from Turkey on the north side. Boats also arrive near here in Mytilini. We met with members of an [...]

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Oct 25: Hope in the Faces of Children

By |2018-10-27T03:25:22+00:00October 27th, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

{Today's Blog and Photos are brought to you by Leslie Gibbs} Moria is full of resiliency, and it is never more evident than in the children: the smiles on their faces, their quickness to hug and play ball, their eagerness to dance and learn english and math. These kids are the future, a generation that will [...]

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Oct 24: This Work Is Full On

By |2018-10-27T03:37:57+00:00October 25th, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

We arrived this morning and within the first 5 minutes, a young man was brought in - an attempted overdose. Quickly the team responded and got an IV in him. He was immediately transferred out by ambulance to the hospital. I don't know his story but the conditions here are unbearable. Because the Greek government clinic [...]

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