About Valerie Hellermann

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

Road trip: Where are they now – Part I

2023-03-02T23:51:24+00:00February 24th, 2023|Categories: refugee, Where Are They Now?|

These stories will introduce you to refugees we worked with in the Greek camps. We are following their journey and to let them know they have not been forgotten. M.A. - 33 years old single man from Afghanistan Met M.A. in Greece where he was a volunteer worker at the NGO:  Home for All. He left [...]

June 4: Delhi & Buy Supplies

2022-08-04T23:06:30+00:00June 4th, 2022|Categories: Dehli, Zanskar|

Delhi has been a high of 110 degrees. Thank goodness it is dry heat, yet still heat. Plenty of a.c. in buildings. This country has 1.38 billion people and 25 million people in Delhi. If you don’t like lots of honking and noise, don’t come to Delhi. People in the city walk in a rush, [...]

May 24: Ukraine Update

2023-01-18T17:51:48+00:00May 24th, 2022|Categories: refugee, Ukraine|

UKRAINE CONFILCTHands On Global team continues serving IDPs on the ground in Chernavitzi. Due to gas shortages the team has had to move from the Romanian border town of Siret into Chernavitzi city. This is a bit unsettling as there are daily air raids but there is no other option.The shelters are still housing many IDPs [...]

May 5: Ukraine Update

2023-01-18T17:27:05+00:00May 5th, 2022|Categories: refugee, Ukraine|

UKRAINE CONFILCT May 5, 2022 Thank you for your generous donation in support of the people of Ukraine. I have returned from a month working in Ukraine. Hands On Global Team 2 is continuing on the ground and Teams 3 and 4 are in preparation. We intend to remain in Ukraine until this terrible war ends [...]

May 2: Ukraine Update

2022-05-05T23:22:32+00:00May 2nd, 2022|Categories: refugee, Ukraine|

By Lina Knutsdatter Thingstad ~ Hands On Global Team Leader Last week we were, as usual, at different shelters in Chernivtsi ~ all the way up to the Carphatian mountains, close to the Ivano-frankivsk region. We visited refugees in very remote areas, where health service is more than difficult to attend, and where internally displaced people [...]

March 29: Ready to come home

2022-04-02T20:58:43+00:00March 29th, 2022|Categories: refugee, Ukraine|

My last day in Ukraine. New team oriented. Busy day today. Over 70 patients, many with severe mental trauma. Children afraid to be outside, insomnia, and constant worry that the air raid siren means missiles will followed them. I am saying goodbye tomorrow morning to an amazing team who will continue this work with courage and [...]

March 28: Sending a young boy to Norway

2022-04-02T20:54:13+00:00March 28th, 2022|Categories: refugee, Ukraine|

Today we went to a small village outside Chenvistzi. There are many refugees there. We worked in a very small hospital/clinic and saw over 75 patients.The highlight was meeting a young boy 5 1/2 years old with a congenital heart condition. He had cyanosis lips and diaphoretic on exertion. Our doctor examined him and heard a [...]

March 27: The untold suffering we see

2022-04-02T20:49:06+00:00March 27th, 2022|Categories: refugee, Ukraine|

It has been an emotional and exhausting few days. We have seen many patients, several with really sad situations. A few women with cancer who had to leave their homes amidst the bombings. Due to the war they cannot get the chemotherapy they need. Chemotherapy agents are just not possible now for anyone. Another tragedy of [...]

March 25: The stress of war on the body and soul

2022-04-02T20:42:30+00:00March 25th, 2022|Categories: refugee, Ukraine|

Oh, the stress of war on the human body and soul. Today we held so many weeping people in our arms. And people who never had high blood pressures with bps so high. One gentleman who is alone in the shelter with no family, who has lost his home to bombings, came to us with a [...]

March 24: The painful reality of war

2022-04-02T20:36:37+00:00March 24th, 2022|Categories: refugee, Ukraine|

This beautiful child we saw in clinic today has just lost her father. He was a civilian soldier fighting for his homeland in Kyiv. This is the painful reality of war, fatherless children and a young widow.Fighting continues, bombs continue to be dropped. The humanitarian corridors were supposed to be open for some hours yesterday for [...]


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