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  • Syrian Refugee Crisis: Nasra's Story

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 24, 2014

    Nasra does not know if her husband is alive. 

    She is unsure what will become of her and her young children in this refugee settlement in Lebanon.

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    Nasra’s story began in the Syrian city of Homs. When the war started nearly 2 years ago and the fighting escalated, her husband’s work became more intermittent and their resources more scarce. At one point there was no food left for their two children to eat, and Nasra’s husband had to leave the house in search of supplies.

    He left and never returned. Nasra later heard witness reports that he’d been arrested along with several others and taken to prison.

    The fighting pressed closer and Nasra’s house - in the middle of a battlefield- was bombed and leveled. Thankfully, she and her children were elsewhere at the time and survived. But with no home, no food, no husband, and increasing violence all around, she knew she and her children’s lives would be in grave danger if they stayed.

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    The refugee settlement they live in now in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley provides safety. But fear and uncertainty remain. She has heard that her husband may have been executed in prison. She worries that her children will get sick living in the settlement camps with poor sanitation and meager food. She wonders how she will ever be able to provide for herself and her family. Nasra is a refugee in a foreign land with no home, no income and no clear picture of the future.

    The plight of the nearly 1.2 million Syrian refugees now in Lebanon is hard to overstate. Beyond the unimaginable uncertainty they face as refugees, their growing numbers and lack of dependable access to food, clean water and medical care have elevated the urgency of the crisis, compelling us to do more. Medical Teams International is working to mobilize additional medical volunteer teams to provide care to people like Nasra, her family and the millions of Syrian refugees who have lost so much.

    Thank you for your generous support to this crisis.  We cannot provide care without your compassion and generosity.  To donate, visit MedicalTeams.org/Syria.

  • Mobile Dental Success Story: Anonymous

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 24, 2014

    A note of gratitude to you...

    One of our mobile dental clinics recently received this story from a patient who wished to remain anonymous:

    My tooth (teeth) got so terrible that they had literally holes in them. I moved from [state withheld] with my 19-month-old baby to flee a life threatening domestic violence situation.  Now I am living at the Union Gospel Mission with my son and joined Saint Matthews Church.  While @ church I was told about Mobile dental clinic.  Not having dental insurance I jumped @ the opportunity.  I am thankful to God for the people who make this happen.

    Thank you for your compassion for neighbors who are truly in need.  Your generosity is changing lives.
  • Field Photo: Uganda/South Sudan Border

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 22, 2014
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    Say hello to our Uganda staff that is working in Adjumani on the border of Uganda and South Sudan.  They are helping to provide emergency health services for South Sudanese refugees. 

    Thank you for your support of our disaster relief programs!
  • Medical Success Story: Veronica

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 20, 2014

    We are so excited to share with you the success story of Veronica Beznos, a Moldovan child, who's life has been transformed by your generosity.

    Last year a group of MTI volunteers visited children and families in the poverty stricken village of Oxentea, Moldova. Their goal was to assist in the provision of sustainable infrastructure for community health and therapeutic training for the disabled through MTI’s Community Health Evangelism project.

    While in Oxentea, the team checked in on the Beznos family, recipients of MTI’s services thanks to donors like you. Mrs. Beznos - a mother of five - has struggled to properly support her family since the untimely and tragic death of her husband. To further complicate the situation, the youngest Beznos daughter, 6-year-old Veronica, had been in a tragic accident, rendering her physically disfigured and causing multiple brain injuries which severely affected her speech, hearing and mobility. Appropriate and timely medical care following the accident had not been possible due to limited financial resources within her family unit.

    In 2010, when MTI first met the Beznos family, Veronica was completely isolated and emotionally withdrawn. The accident had left her unable to communicate with peers or attend school.

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    Since then, MTI volunteers Dr. Darii and Mariana Socinschi have been working with Veronica to slowly rehabilitate her emotional status and physical health. In 2011, MTI brought Veronica to the capital city where she was able to undergo reconstructive surgery on a severely disfigured leg. This procedure provided Veronica the mobility she needed to attend a center for disabled children within her community.

    Your generous donations have provided Veronica the opportunity to reengage with society. Thank you!!

    Story by Krystal Foote
  • Safe Motherhood Success Story: Chalumène

    by Katie Carroll | Mar 19, 2014

    We are excited to share with you a story of how your gifts likely saved a life... or two!

    Chalumène Vernis lives in Ti Place, a locality of Crochu, Haiti. On February 21st, she delivered a beautiful baby girl safely thanks to your donations to our Community Health programs.

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    Medical Teams International's Haiti team creates emergency evacuation plans with communities in case of complications during community births. This baby was born safely as a result of training of the traditional birth attendant (TBA) by MTI and coordination among the community to execute the evacuation plan.

    Chalumène was in labor for a couple of hours when Lorinma, the TBA assisting her, noticed that she took too long to have her baby. He asked the family to transport her to the hospital. The neighbors contacted the local Ministries of Health to get an ambulance to come to the center of Crochu.

    Her neighbors took Chalumène on a makeshift stretcher to Noailles (about 3 hours of walk), a locality in the center of Crochu which is the farthest the ambulance could reach. Chalumène was then transported by ambulance to the hospital where she delivered safely with the assistance of an obstetrician.


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    Lorinma is grateful for the training he received that helped him identify the risk signs.  He says, "I used to keep women in labor for several days, now because of the training, I know I should refer them.  I know a woman should not spend two sunrises in labor."

     

    Thank you for your generous support of our Haiti programs! Join us in welcoming this beautiful baby into the world!


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