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  • Volunteer Experiences: Evie | Global DIRT
    05 2013 11 29 It has been a privilege to volunteer with Global DIRT This is my fourth trip to Haiti and my third time being part of Global DIRT This organization is truly making a difference in the lives of the Haitian people After the earthquake I had an immense desire to go help I was worried though because my specialty is neonatal nursing At the time I had been working in the NICU for 7 years I ended up going 5 weeks after the earthquake with a team comprised of nurses paramedics and two doctors who gave me the confidence to practice out of my specialty Since that trip Haiti has been in my heart and the overwhelming desire to return was too much to ignore Once again my volunteer experience with Global DIRT was excellent I and another nurse from Canada joined a team from Minnesota comprised of 6 nurses and 2 ARNP s Together with the expertise of Sarah and Aaron we ran clinics at 5 different places and saw 1000 1100 people Global DIRT stands out from the other NGOs because you truly get to experience Haiti They have an ongoing relationship with the communities we served For example I got to go to the same orphanage I went to last year This shows how they continue to follow places even when teams leave They are also making Haiti a safer place by working with the Ministry of Health to provide an EMS system It is a daunting task but it has not stopped them from continuing I hope to volunteer with them again Not only to provide medical care but also to help educate the men and women becoming EMTs This is an excellent organization to volunteer with If you are unable to go

    Original URL path: http://www.globaldirt.org/blog/volunteer-experiences-evie (2016-02-14)
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  • Hurricane Sandy Relief - NY | Global DIRT
    Rockaway NY Global DIRT will begin to organize the effort and bring in computer equipment to better communicate what is most needed where further assistance is needed and ensure safe deployment and tracking of volunteers to distribute food and assist in clean up As the recovery efforts continue Global DIRT will launch an online platform in order to manage volunteers and provide a schedule for those assisting at the St Francis De Sales relief center on 129th Street in the heart of the effected community The storm surges that affected New York resulted in massive infrastructure damage and the loss of ground communications which have yet to be restored Global DIRT is coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA the Deparment of Health and Human Services and NGO partners to bring in satellite communications that will improve voice and data access to the community This is critical due to the online and phone registration process necessary to file housing damage reports and disability reports as well as allow local residents to request recovery assistance from government agencies Global DIRT is deploying an Information Management Team in order to track and monitor the latest information on the sewage water electric academics trash medical and security sectors The team is coordinating efforts with the New York City mayor s office FEMA and state utility services in order to generate the most up to date accurate information to distribute to the general public in the storm ravaged areas The team is currently exploring options to deploy a Radio In A Box RIAB System in order to deliver daily information through an emergency FM radio channel This will be the most efficient method of providing continuous updates to the people who need it most Other communication mediums are currently less effective due to

    Original URL path: http://www.globaldirt.org/blog/dirt-in-ny-sandy-response (2016-02-14)
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  • Volunteer Experiences: Heidi | Global DIRT
    from MN with Global DIRT I have been on other mission trips before I have even organized them If all goes well you go to a place and provide the service that the organization you are volunteering with specializes in This trip was different in every way We told Sarah what our interests were and she put together a perfect volunteer experience for us Global DIRT isn t about getting the glory it s about going to Haiti and working to help the people who need it most And that s what I felt when I was there I was doing work that was truly needed and helping people who really needed the help I could offer Global DIRT started as a medical transport organization But they didn t stop there They continued to develop bonds with other organizations in Haiti also providing essential services I never felt that I was doing the same thing that 10 other groups were doing because Global DIRT just sent us to volunteer with those groups instead of duplicating services Sarah provided us with the opportunity to understand and experience what was happening in Haiti instead of what was happening in a hospital in

    Original URL path: http://www.globaldirt.org/blog/volunteers/heidi (2016-02-14)
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  • Volunteer Experiences: Alexandra | Global DIRT
    Even now months later I cannot find words English Creole or otherwise to adequately describe the sense of awe love and accomplishment that I felt staring down at that screaming healthy newborn the first life to be brought into the world at the WE Advance clinic Throughout my seven days spent volunteering in Haiti I experienced many more frantic moments filled with thoughts of Oh my God I don t know what I m doing or Lindsey we aren t in DC anymore However throughout each and every episode of being absolutely unsure I never once doubted that I was in exactly the right place When asked what Haiti is like my friend and I like to compare it to the wild west You ride around everywhere in the back of a pickup It feels particularly lawless Dirt sweat and blood are all parts of daily life There are lizards in the shower and chickens in the kitchen However after only one ride in the back of that pickup through the streets of Haiti I learned to be grateful for a shower and a kitchen to share with lizards and chickens The vast tent cities that make up the Haitian communities and the images of endless lines of people bathing in the stream of water running down the side of the road is what will stay with me for the rest of my life Their resilience and strength is both humbling and inspiring Every Sunday countless families emerge from the dusty tents stepping around the overwhelming mounds of trash that litter virtually everywhere in Haiti dressed in their Sunday best These families of 4 5 climb upon a single motorcycle in order to make the journey to church This scene is both strange and hope filled The all consuming poverty that these people endure on a daily basis is devastating They have literally nothing Their poverty makes that of the US look like luxury However these people were some of the most appreciative and loving patients I have ever encountered The children wearing mismatched tattered clothing were quick to laughter and kindness Parents walked from distances enduring hours of the blazing sun just to have their children seen by a doctor Their dedication to life and family despite their circumstances is humbling Nursing in Haiti is an experience all its own You can t solely be a nurse in Haiti you are whatever Haiti needs at the time You are a practitioner and a teacher someone in possession of precious knowledge that is so often taken for granted here in the US It didn t matter what I was doing in Haiti Whether it be advising girls to not wash with bleach listening to the nonexistent lung sounds of a young man involved in a tap tap accident a week earlier or handing out bags of clean water to a group of thirsty children I constantly felt appreciated and enriched At the beginning of this experience I was well aware

    Original URL path: http://www.globaldirt.org/blog/volunteers/alexandradoucet (2016-02-14)
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  • Volunteer Experiences: Kerry | Global DIRT
    Kerry Appleton as part of a team of six pediatric nurses for a week at the end of October These women worked tirelessly all week long to provide the people of Port au Prince with the best care possible Kerry shared with us this glimpse into her week Global DIRT is an impressive organization Their staff put an unforgettable experience together for our team of six pediatric nurses I feel that we had a true immersion into the community and an incredible variety of experiences all in one week Our group participated in mobile clinics did shift work at the hospital and ran a clinic at a safe house for rape victims Being a pediatric intensive care nurse I was surprised to learn that I enjoyed the mobile clinics more than the hospital work It was exciting to step so far out of my comfort zone This was my first medical mission trip but certainly not my last I hope that Global DIRT and other small NGOs continue to receive enough funding to keep their missions alive Haiti s problems are immense but if individuals and groups keep coming to do their small part Haiti will have a brighter future

    Original URL path: http://www.globaldirt.org/blog/volunteer-experiences-kerry (2016-02-14)
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  • "Scratching The Surface" | Global DIRT
    and also thank Anna Miller for writing this piece Read a quick excerpt here Scratching the Surface by Anna Miller September 23 2011 Saba Ghorab a second year medical student at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences SMHS remembers the day in January 2010 when a 7 0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti She remembers it well because it was the same day her father underwent heart surgery At the time concern for her father took precedence over concern for a nation over a thousand miles away But as her father recovered and Haiti did not Ghorab who was working as an Emergency Room technician at the George Washington University Hospital at the time became increasingly determined to travel to the nation to aid its overwhelmed healthcare workforce And now one year later Ghorab has done just that twice First in June 2010 and most recently in July 2011 Both trips were led by Ghorab and former colleague Shafi Rehman an ER technician in the GW Hospital You learn a lot about third world medicine in the classroom but I wanted to experience it firsthand says Ghorab who studied Public Health as an undergraduate at GW and

    Original URL path: http://www.globaldirt.org/blog/scratching-the-surface (2016-02-14)
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  • New Zealand Information | Global DIRT
    Typhoon Response Philippines Volunteer Experiences Evie Hurricane Sandy Relief NY Volunteer Experiences Heidi Volunteer Experiences Alexandra Volunteer Experiences Kerry Scratching The Surface New Zealand Information Volunteer Experiences Cristin Senior more Upcoming events No upcoming events available more Home Blogs kdriscoll s blog New Zealand Information Submitted by kdriscoll on Mon 03 14 2011 15 20 On February 22 2011 New Zealand experienced a 6 3 magnitude earthquake on the country s southern island Global DIRT responded to this quake by sending volunteers to the country within a few hours of the incident The team experienced multiple aftershocks as they assisted local volunteers in Christchurch to distribute and sort supplies geotag devastated areas and dig out homes Additionally the team brought a water purification unit to supply affected areas with clean safe potable water The DIRT team in New Zealand worked closely with the Kiwi organization UC Student Volunteer Army who we would like to thank for their hospitality and acknowledge for their hard work and dedication to their fellow countrymen kdriscoll s blog Add new comment Help Now Donate Global DIRT is a direct action non profit donations go directly towards supporting relief efforts on the ground Global DIRT Newsletter

    Original URL path: http://www.globaldirt.org/blog/new-zealand-info (2016-02-14)
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  • Volunteer Experiences: Cristin Senior | Global DIRT
    Clouds come and go and it did sprinkle for two minutes one day The nights are very warm and it has been a battle for me to either strip clothing to cool down or leave it on to protect from mosquitoes Day 7 Mark and Childer our translator picked me up from the Embassy about 10 30 and we headed to the house Things had picked up for Global DIRT the last day or two because we had a pilot and his personal helicopter at our disposal He is from New Jersey and comes to Haiti periodically to assist in any way he can Adam lined him up with several missions delivering medical supplies and water purification supplies to small communities throughout Haiti Logistical support is another facet of GD Mark Childer and I then went to our makeshift helicopter landing zone to meet up with Adam our private pilot and a German medical helicopter The landing zone is in a field adjacent to the Embassy and happens to be the site of a driver s training facility The facility consists of an open field with rocks instead of cones marking out lanes and curbs Childer jumped on the German helicopter to translate for them as they picked up a patient Mark and I drove to the MTI facility and picked up a truck full of water jerry cans that we took to the private helicopter to be dropped in a mountain community The rest of the day I spent planning a water assessment mission in a mountain community which never materialized We ran out of time and they were going to do it the next day the day I had to leave I was looking forward the helicopter ride and seeing Haiti outside of Port au Prince but it

    Original URL path: http://www.globaldirt.org/blog/volunteers/cristinsenior/1 (2016-02-14)
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