Life2Orphans recognizes a significant need for medical treatment, therapies, and
education in the special needs orphanages of Ukraine, and has organized a medical mission for 2006.
Step 1 (COMPLETED, September 2006):
A team of 3 orthopedic nurses who work at Shriner's Hospital in Portland OR will travel to Ukraine to visit five special needs orphanages.
Their goals are three-fold:
Serve and treat the children
Instruct and educate others on treatments and needs specific to physically impaired children
Do a needs assessment in terms of supplies, education, support and surgical intervention.
Visited - Boyarka, Green Forest baby home, Green Forest Internat, Karkiv Rybalko
1, Zhitomir baby home.
Step 2 (COMPLETED, March 2007):
Nurses return to the US and present their findings to L2O Board and to
Shriner's Hospital. Nurses will make a PowerPoint presentation and inspirational DVD.
L2O will gather information about needs and send additional
clinician/team to Ukraine and perform treatments and supply orthopedic
assistance. The orthopedic assistance will include shipping feeding spoons,
percussion cups, cleft palate bottles, etc. Physical therapist will present and
teach at various orphanages and share information with Orphanage Directors and
Doctors in Kahrkiv region. The information will be shared in a 2 day
professional seminal held at Kharkiv Rybalko #1. The participating Directors and
Doctors will train their medical staff. Clinician also visted Boyarka in Kyev.
Nurses will return to Ukraine and teach hands on daily care techniques
to orphanage caregivers. The information will be shared in a 2-3 day workshop at
Green Forest Baby Home. Techniques will include exercise, nutrition, percussion,
stretching, basic care skills and promoting attachment. Nurses will then travel
to Torez Institute and do a 2 day assessment of needs for future planning trips.
Torez is an institute for the most handicapped children, ages 4 - 18. The
institution has a high mortality rate and is in need of many services and
supports. Possible one day assessment trip to Antoshka Orphanage.
Scheduled for September, 2007
Our goal is to raise enough funds to pay
for these teams to travel from Portland to Ukraine and back. We also need
to include funds to cover the cost of shipping any donated medical items.
The nursing teams have graciously volunteered their own funds to pay for housing
and food during their stay. Please help us in this critical mission and
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Medical Mission Trip
11876 NW Tyler Court
Portland, Oregon 97229
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Many thanks to all of the contributors to this project!
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