Part of being a member of The New Hollywood is to focus out on charity and giving back to the community both through volunteer and also through donations; during three of our quarterly meetings TNH members vote on a charity to donate to. Medical Teams International is member Summer Sinclair’s choice. She elicits to us why she is passionate about this organization.
By Summer Sinclair
I have chosen Medical Teams International as the charity I think deserves our immediate attention because they focus on bringing medical aid to areas in the world that are currently in crisis, such as civil war or natural disaster. Our donations will help the Syrian Refugee crisis, notably women and children and families in distress.
I encourage you to watch MTI’s video “Inside Syrian Refugee Camps”:
I have sent a small contribution to MTI because of the personal stories in the news and harrowing survival mode these refugees are facing. An NPR report on a viral image of a toddler’s body washed ashore, and families being separated at sea fighting to make it by boat to European countries hit me hard, as I’m sure it did for millions of others who saw it. See Washington Post article below covering “Aylon’s Story: How desperation left a 3-year-old boy washed up on a Turkish beach”:
It seems many women and children are getting left behind with little to no government support for health services. Because MTI volunteers are currently providing medical aid to Syrian refugees, this where I think our donations can make the biggest impact at this time.
What struck me most about this organization is their focus on the needs of women and children. On their website it states, “The Lebanese government has resisted the formation of refugee camps for the Syrians because of the costs the government would incur. There are tremendous gaps in support for the refugee population, particularly in the health sector. Many refugees are unable to receive health care from Lebanese hospitals and clinics. Children and women (especially women of child bearing age) suffer most.”
I found this charity when I was following up on my initial passion to support a non-profit who has sent Massage Therapists orphanages, to help Infants thrive. However, the highest incidence of donations going towards this effort was during the Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe in the 1990’s when Romanian orphans were locked away in deplorable institutions. They developed severe neurological disorders, mental and learning disabilities, and delayed motor development due to the lack of human touch. In 1996, a volunteer physical therapy team with Medical Teams International traveled to Romanian orphanages to train workers in infant massage and other therapeutic techniques for orphaned children suffering from sensory deprivation. This touched me on a deep, personal level as an Infant Massage Instructor. When my kids are old enough, I would like to volunteer in a similar way through MTI. This charity is based in Tigard, Oregon, which is about forty-five minutes from my hometown Lincoln City, Oregon.
From MTI’s website:
WHAT WE DO
Anyone who is passionate about providing Disaster Relief for the Syrian Refugees can donate at: www.medicalteams.org
MTI on Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/medicalteams?fref=ts
Find out more about Summer Sinclair-Menkee, CEIM, Founder of summer & sage Sacred Infant Massage at: www.summerandsage.net
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/summerandsage
Please note that not all experiences, beliefs and ideas are shared by each member of “The New Hollywood.” We are a group of shepherds, not sheep