Societal pressures and egos is not something that I want to live with. I want to live in a nurturing, creative, loving, and supportive environment. And that’s the same exact environment that we should be offering to refugees. At least that’s what we are trying to build on every mission that we go on. We are building a “space” that is loving, calm, inviting, and open to anyone. This may be a fully built clinic or this may be on the side of the road out of a backpack. Location does not mater, what matters is what is in your heart. Making the world a better place for refugees is what our mission is! LOVE WINS!
Sisters In Health went to Lesvos to respond to the refugee crisis. We constructed a comprehensive integrative clinic in the main refugee camp. We saw at least 100 patients a day and set up ongoing systems within the camp to increase the overall functional capacity of the camp (that part is Scotts department). Unfortunately, when you are doing relief work things change minute to minute. The government decided that they wanted control of the refugee camps and a decision was made to remove health care from the camp except for one central location that would be run by MSF/MDM. We support MSF greatly and know that they are working night and day to provide respectful care to the refugees. We are extremely grateful for the time that we spent working along side the incredibly hard working organizations and NGOs that are responding to the crisis! We are eternally grateful for the opportunity that we got to do the work that we did in Lesvos and continue to do to bring aid to the refugee crisis.
BECAUSE OF YOU WOMEN AND FAMILIES WILL LIVE TO SEE THEIR CHILDREN GROW UP!
The support that we have received has been incredible! Thank you for the bottom of our hearts for all of the support and love. This organization and the aid that we offer does so because of the people who support us. I am only a vessel for everyone’s love and support! Thousands of women and their family members have been effected in the most uplifting and positive ways because of you and your support! I am able to bring that love and be that vessel because of every person out there reading this right now. Thank you.
Sisters In Health was created to give free gentle and loving health care to women in need. I "created" SIH when I was 13. I saw teenage prostitutes in Ecuador and I knew that I was going to do something! I believe with all my being that you can make the world a better place for women through health and wellness care. If we can keep women well and thriving they can change the world.
We are in the process of putting together another team to head to Europe to bring health care, peace, and love. Our first trip to bring relief to the refugee crisis taught us an immense amount of important lessons and we are excited and ready for our ongoing work. Our goal for our next mission is to provide mobile health care for women and children and deliver women's relief packs to the young women and female refugees (feminine needs, personal needs, and items for comfort). If you would like to help us with our next mission please contact us!
I am not going to lie. This work is the hardest that I have ever done. When we came back the first thing I said was I can’t go back. That obviously was the PTSD talking lol but non the less its bind bending to see what is happening. I feel like I have just come back from war.
When you are in it you just can not see anything but what you are doing. There is no pause button. You can’t pause time and take out your phone and then take respectful pictures while you are trying to provide care or put on dry socks. There is no time to blog or sit down and reflect. There is hardly time for a shower or to eat.
All you care about is that moment that you are sitting with a woman from across the globe. A woman that is just like you. She had a house, grew vegetables, loved to throw parties, had an amazing sisterhood in her community. She loved fashion and adorning herself with anything beautiful. Community is/was everything to her. She had a great life. Just like you she got up every morning and got dressed in clothes that made her feel good, she put makeup on because she loved to look beautiful she said, perfectly arched eyebrows with perfectly applied makeup. She got her 3 children ready for school every morning. Just like every other mom in the world this was not her favorite time of day either. She said good bye to her amazingly loving and handsome husband as he went off to work. L packed the 3 kids in the car for school then off she would go to her job as a Doctor in the hospital. Then one day everything changed. She knew that the fighting was getting close, she had family already fleeing. The bombing and fighting started to get close. It was time for them to move. Fleeing in the middle of the night with her community and family. This could be any of us. The government goes crazy and then life falls apart. Its not her fault she just wants to live in peace and harmony.
Along with 40 other family/community (40% of this group is kids and babies) members they leave. They form a united front and together they risk their lives so that they can watch the children grow up. For months they travel with smugglers. She does not want to tell me what she went through, but I know and she just wants to move on. Rape, torture, abuse. Its part of what happens when you take these kinds of risks. She tells me its worse than I could ever imagine. I tell her im not sure bout that. Its finally her turn to get in the boat, gun to head, pleading to get off. This is not what she signed up for and she was pissed. Slapped across the face by the smuggler. As a community and family they shelled out $60,000 (about $1200 each) to get on the rubber death trap to freedom. Not to mention the other $50,000 it took them to get from Syria to Turkey with smugglers ($1000 per body). $110,000 for a community to be smuggled out of the country with no guarantee that you will live. No food, no water, no belongings and in a lot of circumstances no money.
Who puts a baby on a rubber boat that everyone knows is a death trap? Women that are taking the power into their hands and escaping. They will do whatever it takes to give their children and families a better life. Everyone knows that people are dying on these boats on this 6KM pass…every single day. The person who risks that is a person who is beyond desperate but one who’s also braze, courageous, and strong! These women are the strongest women I have seen.
These women could be the next generation of change makers but instead they are stuck in hell.
L’s journey was awful. She knew she was going to die. 8 hours in the water up to her chin on the bottom of a boat filling up with water. 6 people did not make it. They were in the middle of the sea, dark, lost, and alone. The waves took 2 children and 4 adults off the boat and pulled them into the ocean. There was nothing that could be done. She and her family were still alive.
Please tune in to Front Porch Radio March 23 at 4pm. Julie Norris and I will be discussing the reality of what is happening to the refugees and all of the politics behind it. This is a conversation that you do not want to miss. No matter what your view on the situation are I ask you to please listen with an open heart because these are women just like you!
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