About Valerie Hellermann

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

Reporting from Ukraine: First CAT delivery a success

2024-04-06T21:43:04+00:00April 6th, 2024|Categories: Ukraine|

First delivery happens.  We meet Max who will make sure the Combat Application Tourniquets (CATs), emergency trauma bandages and antibiotic creams are delivered to the front lines.  His expression of gratitude is sincere.  He plays an audio text from a soldier who tells him that it is a CAT that saved the life of his brother.   Max, [...]

Hands On Global (HOG) Medical NGO, is back in Ukraine

2024-04-06T21:36:05+00:00April 4th, 2024|Categories: Ukraine|

HOG team members left with 16 medical suitcases weighing close to 50 pounds each.  Each suitcase was numbered, and large signs attached with the names of the doctor, designated hospital and the city, specifying:  Humanitarian Aid. Unfortunately, despite numerous attempts, we were unable to secure a Humanitarian Aid discount from the airline for baggage fees. The baggage [...]

Ukraine Wrap Up – 9.30.2023

2023-10-05T21:59:28+00:00September 30th, 2023|Categories: Ukraine|

Ukraine Wrap Up “The war is always in the recesses of our mind, yet we live as normal as possible. If we cry, Russia wins.” Repeating themes we were told: We are stronger and more united than ever before in our history. We have been growing economically and we work to continue that growth. We go [...]

Doctors and their Bags – 9.25.2023

2023-10-01T01:38:23+00:00September 25th, 2023|Categories: Ukraine|

Doctors and their Bags This second trip to Ukraine as a Medical supply courier reinforced the importance of these supplies to the work that these orthopedic trauma surgeons are doing. We are moved by how humble and dedicated these doctors are. Per Dr. Rhikter, “We had to learn how to treat this new type of war [...]

This is a hard one – 9.24.2023

2023-09-24T21:12:14+00:00September 23rd, 2023|Categories: refugee, Turkey|

There is a shortage of medical care here as all the hospitals were destroyed. Woah … it is so hot today! It will be 97. The mosquitos are bad. We all have bites all over us. We are about halfway through our Türkiye commitment for team 1. Team 2 arrives Oct 6 and I leave for [...]

The Bus – 9.20.2023

2023-09-24T21:10:20+00:00September 20th, 2023|Categories: refugee, Ukraine|

Extraordinary ways people are helping people Imagine having severe physical disabilities and because of the invasion you are making the decision to leave family and country with the likelihood you may never see them again. Crossing the border from Poland into Ukraine we met  Lucas (lives in Poland near German border), Paulina (Ukrainian living in Poland) [...]

Team 1: Hatay Türkiye – 9.16.2023

2023-09-24T21:11:49+00:00September 19th, 2023|Categories: refugee, Turkey|

The immensity of the tasks to recovery will take years and are overwhelming. We started in another Syrian camp where there is a lot of healthcare needs and the police came and told us to leave. We still seem to not have permission to help the neediest - which are the Syrian refugees. We packed up and [...]

Working in Turkey – 9.15.2023

2023-09-23T18:17:29+00:00September 15th, 2023|Categories: refugee, Turkey|

SETTING UP IN TURKEYThe Middle East is in turmoil: earthquake in Morrocco , floods in Libya. It has changed our plans a bit as medical first response teams in Turkey needed to leave for those new disaster zones. Our team split up. Hands On Global has sent three people to deliver supplies in Ukraine and then [...]

Reflections in Lviv, Ukraine – 3.16.23

2023-09-24T17:08:17+00:00April 1st, 2023|Categories: refugee, Ukraine|

UKRAINE CONFLICT   This morning I was on my own in Lviv, a large urban city in the Ukraine.  It feels no different like being in a city center like San Francisco, Budapest, Vienna, Hamburg, etc.  I’m thankful we have a place to stay in the city center as it is so easy to be just another [...]

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