About Valerie Hellermann

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

Oct 23: Chaos in the Clinic

By | 2018-10-26T00:05:58+00:00 October 24th, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

The team arrived this morning to find that Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was closed and there were a ton of sick kids and babies. There were barely any pediatric medicines at the clinic but THANKS TO YOUR DONATIONS we have them!!!! Tara sent an SOS, Nancy flew over to the house to get them and also [...]

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Oct 22: 1st Day at Camp

By | 2018-10-23T14:12:28+00:00 October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

First day. We met Omar at 8:15 and he showed us how the Olive Grove Camp grew - now over 2000 refugees living in tents and tarps. Some have used wood pallets to make a floor and raise the tent above the water that floods each time it rains. They are preparing for the cold, winter [...]

Oct 21: Arrived in Mytilene

By | 2018-10-23T14:30:35+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

Long haul but here we are in Mytilene, the capital and port of the island of Lesbos. Scott missed his connection due to engine failure but was re-routed and will be arriving tonight. We are taking a siesta and then heading to meet Omar from Refuge4Refugees. We will go over to the camp tomorrow to do an orientation [...]

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Leaving for Moria Refugee Camp in 3 days

By | 2018-10-18T15:16:28+00:00 October 18th, 2018|Categories: Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

This Saturday, October 20th, Hands On Global team of 10 fly to Greece to work again at Moria Refugee Camp. Those of us who have been there before are dealing with the anxiety of impending heartbreak. Right now we cope by going into task mode, which believe me, there are a lot of tasks to get [...]

Day 1: Zanskar Medical Camp 2018

By | 2018-05-30T19:03:37+00:00 May 30th, 2018|Categories: Zanskar|Tags: |

We are off to Zanskar for our next Medical Camp. We have a great team from the USA and Brazil and Switzerland! And, of course, our Zanskari team! At the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this year we are moving forward on INTEGRATED MEDICINE. We have 2 wonderful Tibetan doctors joining us: Dr. Kalsang [...]

Day 1: Athens, Greece

By | 2018-02-08T16:53:36+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Categories: Athens, Greece, refugee|

We are in Athens. We are in Plaka, the old city beneath the Acropolis. It is beautiful and friendly. We walked up to the Acropolis on ancient walkways. The pillars, majestic, and I love the statues in the front of this amazing temple of Athena. We are tourists for a day. Ate in a fancy eatery [...]

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Day 14: Lesbos, Greece

By | 2018-02-06T17:45:38+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Categories: Lesbos, refugee|

Up early buying cooking pots, cooking utensils, small wood cook stove, washing buckets, spices and food to distribute to the African-Sri Lanka tent. Thanks to the generosity of YOU we purchased this small stove, cooking pots, cleaning buckets and good vegetables and spices. These will be shared by many people. Our last gorilla clinic today. We [...]

Day 13: Lesbos, Greece

By | 2018-02-06T00:38:28+00:00 February 4th, 2018|Categories: Lesbos, refugee|

Mark is recovering but still coughing and resting. Something we have noticed in ourselves and as a team is that we have experienced a shift, we are less raw, less emotional somehow coping with the constant state of heartbreak, the shock of the crisis. Being here witnessing and serving consumed us. We learned to maneuver ourselves [...]

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Day 12: Lesbos, Greece

By | 2018-02-03T16:13:58+00:00 February 3rd, 2018|Categories: Lesbos, refugee|

Our Dr. Mark is sick, coughing, cold, whatever. Virus the camp has he has. He had his face up close and personal with many a sick persons and he has succumbed. He is mega vitamin dosing and resting, his cough sounds terrible. Brian departed this morning for Athens - bye Brian!! We went back to the [...]

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Day 10: Lesbos, Greece

By | 2018-02-03T04:55:18+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Categories: Lesbos, refugee|

Today we are all tired but we showed up and saw 48 patients. One young woman from Cameroon, beautiful 20 year old, said she was 2 months pregnant. She complained of her breasts hurting, vomiting and acid reflux. I told her that was part of being pregnant, sadly she is alone. Has been at the camp [...]

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