About Valerie Hellermann

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

November 23: The Triage line keeps growing.

By |2020-11-24T21:29:07+00:00November 24th, 2020|Categories: Greece, Greece Nov-Dec 2020, Lesbos, refugee|

Today Tama, Lily and I went to Home Away in the morning. Lily will be doing work in their warehouse where they do food and clothing distribution as winter is coming and people need coats. We stopped at their restaurant and asked if they could include hot food delivery to the covid isolation unit and they [...]

November 22: Who is responsible for the needs of refugees?

By |2020-11-24T20:56:19+00:00November 24th, 2020|Categories: Greece, Greece Nov-Dec 2020, Lesbos, refugee|

Thinking of all my family and community and the covid numbers in the USA. Here on the island there were 70 new cases yesterday. That is huge and people are wearing masks. The restaurants and most businesses are closed. Are there still gatherings of friends and family? I am not sure. Working in the camp we [...]

November 18: Shivering in the cold.

By |2020-11-19T20:14:34+00:00November 19th, 2020|Categories: Greece, Greece Nov-Dec 2020, Lesbos, refugee|

By the sea, the beautiful sea. Triage is still outside and the weather has been very windy and cold. Wearing 4 layers and my down jacket and still chilled to the bone. I came back to the house and the team was sitting around in blankets and using hot water bottles - except for Lily who, [...]

November 15: A Day Off + Fire & Covid Update

By |2020-11-17T18:23:50+00:00November 15th, 2020|Categories: Greece, Greece Nov-Dec 2020, Lesbos, refugee|

A day off. We went over to the burned out Moria camp. WOW - what a catastrophic fire. Everything burned, iso boxes melted, fire hoses melted. It is eerie walking around this camp that was so crowded with people and tents all over. Thinking of the 24,000 refugees who lived there. It must have been [...]

November 14: We must stop creating the conditions that create refugees!

By |2020-11-14T17:08:15+00:00November 14th, 2020|Categories: Greece, Greece Nov-Dec 2020, Lesbos, refugee|

The end of our first week and we are making sense of the chaos. Working well in our positions and as a team. All the medical NGOs are working together and it is inspiring. Still, the set-up is evolving. Awaiting construction of spaces and shelters for many of the medical services. Triage both chronic and primary [...]

November 13: New life starting in a refugee camp – despite conditions.

By |2020-11-14T16:58:56+00:00November 13th, 2020|Categories: Greece, Greece Nov-Dec 2020, Lesbos, refugee|

Working triage. Love it because I get to meet all the patients. We made a few improvements working well, still need shelter. It gets cold as we are by the sea and the wind picks up every afternoon. Medications are a big issue. I just spent over $800 on replacing meds and we have only [...]

November 12: Coming together, slowly.

By |2020-11-12T23:10:22+00:00November 12th, 2020|Categories: Greece, Greece Nov-Dec 2020, Lesbos, refugee|

Worked evening triage with Lily last evening. Triage is not working so well . . . it was lined with orange construction fencing that was blowing in the wind. Triage was outside with the wind blowing and no shelter for the patients or us. We were right next to the sea and it was cold. [...]

November 11: Morning of Day 3 at the New Camp

By |2020-11-12T22:38:33+00:00November 11th, 2020|Categories: Greece, Greece Nov-Dec 2020, Lesbos, refugee|

We are working split shifts, the teams working 8 am – 2 pm and 2 pm – 8 am. Today is my evening shift. The medical NGOs are all working together in the same “tent”. It is very busy, yet organized. I think this is working well. It is amazing - the medical folks from around [...]

October 22: Hands on Global is heading back to Greece

By |2020-10-23T23:08:42+00:00October 23rd, 2020|Categories: DONATE NOW!, Greece, Greece Nov-Dec 2020, Lesbos, refugee|

Hands On Global team is heading to the refugee camps in Greece again. We are leaving the day after the election as many of us are working to get out the vote! This will be a difficult trip. The temporary camp after the Moria fire has already flooded twice. People are living in crowded summer tents [...]

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September 9: URGENT APPEAL FOR DONATIONS!

By |2020-09-10T16:16:00+00:00September 9th, 2020|Categories: DONATE NOW!, Greece, Lesbos, Moria Refugee Camp 2018, refugee|

I am heartbroken and in shock! Moria Camp on Lesvos, Greece has been devastated by a catastrophic fire. It housed 15,000 refugees.  It is now uninhabitable. All the medical clinics are destroyed (*except for MSF located outside the camp). The isolation unit for Covid patients - GONE, Primary Care Clinics - GONE, Central Triage - GONE, [...]

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