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Mission Ukraine

For the past two years, Third Wave Volunteers have been working on the front lines in Ukraine, teaching combat medics to civilian soldiers and medical triage to volunteer aid workers in the underground bomb shelters, and getting much-needed food out to the recaptured villages on the front lines. Please continue to donate. We cannot do this without you. 

Love Dr Alison Thompson – Founder – Third Wave Volunteers 

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Third Wave Volunteers first responders are a disaster relief non-profit 501c3 set up to mobilize; medical and non-medical responders and sustainable aid to underserved and affected communities.

Third Wave Volunteers have run large refugee camps, field hospitals, and resilience hubs after natural/ man-made disasters and pandemics around the world for the past 22 years!

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Ukraine War Updates – 2023

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Decompression class in combat medics.

Local soldier wedding in Ukraine.

We had a huge angel protecting us in Ukraine.

combat medic training in wheat fields of Ukraine .

combat medic training in the wheat fields of Ukraine.

Training Ukraine soldiers in combat medics to help save lives.

First team in with Exitus and Third Wave to extract orphans.

Exitus and Third Wave Founders- Candace and Dr. Alison in a Joint trip to help extract special needs orphans.

JFK airport- our first team heading to Ukraine war.

combat medic training in Ukraine.

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freezing  -1st first week of the war in Ukraine

great wingmen - Jack Osborne and Mike Luen in Ukraine on first trip.

images of war- after Mariupol hospital bombing

Mariupol hospital bombing.

freezing  -1st first week of the war in Ukraine

freezing  -1st first week of the war in Ukraine with MIke Luen

freezing  -1st first week of the war in Ukraine

the border gate between war and freedom - a ukraine baby waits in the bitter cold for her freedom

casualities of war

training ukraine soldiers in combat medics to help save lives.

Naomi beaming her love in Ukraine.

Anatol- our Romanian savior businessman and fixer! we adore you Anatol.

at the orphanges at Moldova / Ukraine borders.

Third Wave Volunteer girl power in Ukraine at the Black sea.

escaping Ukraine with his animals and fav toys.

Orphans waiting for Love.

Medical triage training for volunteer aid workers in underground bomb shelters in Ukraine.

Ukraine coins celebrating the sinking of the russian war ship. nobody wins in war.

evacuations from red zones.

the elderly women and children suffer the most.

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In the underground bomb shelters of Odessa.

Love wins.

some of our team in Odessa.

Moldova/Ukraine borders- orphanage.

long hours at airports heading to Ukraine

Michele with an escape form Mariupol hospital bombings- in happier times with our solar lights.

Oleg our main fixer/soldier in ukraine with his family- Their villages in Kherson have been bombed and are under russian control so they have fled too safer cities. .

Delivering  water tanks to Mykolaiv hospital in Ukraine

images of war....

images of war.

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front line soldiers  receiving, tourniquets from CBA studnets, food and the support stars sent from the 911 memorial in NYC etc

Thankyou to the school children who created these support stars for Ukraine. from the 911 memorial in NYC.

Third Wave Medical staff.

North American Rescue Tourniquets donated by Jim, CBAcolts and students and familes. They raised 15K worth of these much needed items..

combat medic training with Canadian CHAD and Ukraine soldiers.

Chrissy, sarah and oleg.

with John our security marine.

Training Ukraine troops in real life scenerios.

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lunch at the military base.

rehab hospital with over 200 wounded soldiers.

Beautiful drawing gift from our friends in Ukraine.

training Ukraine soldiers in medical triage.

We train 100 new ukraine soldiers in combat medics to help save lives every week

911 memorial star in Ukraine with a ukraine soldier.

We train 100 new ukraine soldiers in combat medics to help save lives every week

Dr. Alison at work in Ukraine heading to front lines to feed villagers.

combat medic training.

Our training crew with doc and oleg from ukraine and chad from Canada.

combat medic training.

Delivering food to front line recaptured villages and receiving many tears and hugs.

Delivering food to front line recaptured villages and receiving strawberries from locals.

combat medic training.

We train 100 new ukraine soldiers in combat medics to help save lives every week

Delivering food to front line recaptured villages.

special needs extraction.

naomi- long days and nights.

We train 100 new ukraine soldiers in combat medics to help save lives every week

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giving solar lights to ukriane kids while wiating in long border lines.

Long border lines

Easter missiles in Ukraine with love from Russia. Many killed including a one month newborn and her mum and grandmother.

easter mass praying for ukraine.

let there be solar lights!!

We train 100 new ukraine soldiers in combat medics to help save lives every week

We train 100 new ukraine soldiers in combat medics to help save lives every week

heading out of Ukraine. safe in Moldova.

Medical triage training for volunteer aid workers in underground bomb shelters in Ukraine.

Dr John with a cute ukriane patient.

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combat medic training.

let there be solar light!!

training volunteer aid workers in Underground bomb shelters in Odessa.

Medical triage training for volunteer aid workers in underground bomb shelters in Ukraine.

Taylor and Naomi- waiting in long lines at sunset leaving Ukraine.

easter church service.

Medical triage training for volunteer aid workers in underground bomb shelters in Ukraine.

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combat medic training with Ukriane soldiers.

We train 100 new ukraine soldiers in combat medics to help save lives every week

Helping the abandoned animals.

This is a civilian war and they use their own cars.

We train 100 ukraine soldiers in combat medics to help save lives every week.

combat medic training

We train 100 new ukraine soldiers in combat medics to help save lives every week

after a long day of training the coast guard.

We train 100 new ukraine soldiers in combat medics to help save lives every week

Naomi and a friend

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Medical triage training for volunteer aid workers in underground bomb shelters in Ukraine.

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Most important donations from SAM Medical

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Naomi and Dr Alison-

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Giving good vibes in Mykolaiv.

We train 100 new ukraine soldiers in combat medics to help save lives every week

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Dr. Alison, Sarah and Chrissy getting food to the frontline recaptured villages. Lots of love food and hugs.

children living in the underground bomb shelters

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From Russia- swines!

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Dr. Alison getting food to the frontline recaptured villages. Lots of love food and hugs.

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Dr. Alison getting food to the frontline recaptured villages. Lots of love food and hugs.

responding to easter bombings near our apt.

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Training Ukraine soldiers in combat medics

Dr. Alison getting food to the frontline recaptured villages. Lots of love food and hugs.

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UKRAINE UPDATE: August 27th, 2022 Third Wave Volunteers are still working strong in Ukraine.We have been deep on the front lines of Kherson delivering food, solar panels and lights, tires, food and aid supplies to recaptured villages in those areas. We were 1/4 mile down the road from the Russians and artillery and rockets dropped around us daily. It’s been a dangerous and very fulfilling mission knowing that your donations are reaching the people in need. The local people are mainly elderly and cry in our arms daily. We are being led to these villages by the mayor of 21 villages between Mykolaiv and Kherson- This mayor was captured and tortured by the Russians for 3 months and released in a prisoner swap. Please continue to donate towards helping these villages.We have a trusted Ukraine team in place who help us make this happen weekly and they provide food receipts, videos and photos. We buy in country as to support the local economy. 

 

 

UKRAINE UPDATE: JUNE 13th-20th -2022.

Third Wave Volunteers have made it to small recaptured Ukraine villages (around Kherson). These villages have been bombed 24/7 for 4 months and were previously under Russian occupation. People were traumatized and so happy to see us and were thankful for the food aid and were crying in our arms.

Open these YOUTUBE links below to witness what we witnessed.

We have been using your latest donations on supplying food for these villages and work supporting the orphans back at the safe borders.


Dr. Alison getting food to the frontline recaptured villages. Lots of love food and hugs.

Delivering food to front line recaptured villages.

Dr. Alison getting food to the frontline recaptured villages. Lots of love food and hugs.

People’s spirits are very low so we try and keep upbeat and happy and focus on the delivery of LOVE, HUGS and food aid.

We buy food locally in safer areas where supermarkets are open and pack it up to get out to the front lines.
See the link below.

We buy locally to help feed the economy and the local people.

This lady gave us fresh strawberries from her garden but she had no other food.
OPEN the link below.


Giving good vibes in Mykolaiv.

The dogs are very hungry as their owners have either been killed or had to flee in the middle of the night- so we take food to help the animals as well. see the link below.

Our training of the territorial defense soldiers is ongoing teaching combat medics and how to save lives in the red zone. (TCCC/M.A.R.C.H)
These men are writers, fishermen, baby-food salesmen, farmers, and architects all stepping up to fight for their land in this civilian war.

We pray for this to be over soon so they can go back to their families.

We trained another 100 men this week who will head to the front lines in a few days.
We just got word that the last 100 men we trained in medics were hit by mortars and mines and some are in hospital.
We will never forget their faces.

Thank you to our special ops security for keeping us safe.
Each corner we turn we are on the look-out for lone Russians who were left behind.

So many details to share with you and the work goes on.

THANK YOU DONORS!! We really appreciate you – I’m trying to work out how to thank you all individually. WE LOVE YOU all.

UKRAINE UPDATE: May 30th-2022- Memorial day.

Today we honor all those who have sacrificed their lives for freedom.

We are back in Ukraine with a new medical team and will continue our training of civilian territorial defense soldiers in combat medics to help them save lives in the red zone and we are also training aid workers in medical triage in the underground bomb shelters as the Russians are targeting hospitals, schools and aid centers and nowhere is safe.

This trip we have brought back a very large donation of the number #1 need in Ukraine and that is the CAT tourniquets for the front lines- thankyou to Jim Keady and all your CBA school kids, Alumni, families and CBA COLTS and donors for raising 15K worth of tourniquets.

We are also working at a local ‘wounded warrior’ type rehab medical hospital which houses many wounded men and we continue our work in supporting the orphans at the Ukraine/Moldova border and help get more women, children and orphans out of recaptured cities to safety.

Third Wave Volunteers just donated 10K to finish a new orphanage at the Moldova/Ukraine border and that will house 30 orphans. We will also support the caretakers.
Third Wave are supporting the Grace church in Odessa who are feeding their congregation who are serving on the front lines,

We continue to support Mykolaiv hospital and its surrounding areas with water tanks and donations to replace windows on smaller hospitals in the area.

Third Wave Volunteers look for the gaps- and there are many.
“Everyone’s Needed!”

Love Dr. Alison – Founder -Third Wave Volunteers.

UKRAINE UPDATE: The civilian war- May 18th 2022
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Third Wave Volunteer teams have had an emotional four months training and watching local fishermen, farmers, baby food salesmen, lawyers, PHD students and IT specialists be given a uniform and a gun and sent to the front lines of the Ukraine war. Our team has been training 100 civilian men in combat triage (every 3 days) on how to save lives in the red zone.
Each soldier’s face is etched into our hearts as they head away from us to the nearby front lines. They all have families and many of these men won’t return.

We also teach medical triage and CPR to the volunteer aid workers in the underground bomb shelters of Odessa. The training has now spread to other shelters and cities, in train the trainer programs.
We continue to help extract orphans, women and children to the safety of the borders. This month we cared for mothers and children escaping the terrifying Mariupol bombings. They came to stay in our Odessa apartments where we provided comfort and LOVE and helped them get to the safety of the borders. We slip the mothers some cash for their journey and exchange cell phone numbers.

One mother and her baby were in the Mariupol hospital when it was bombed and had to escape through Russian checkpoints where she was accused of kidnapping her own baby. Last week they made it to the safety of Romania. Another mother with ten children has been staying in our apartments and today they leave for a home in Germany. These little wins fill our hearts in service to others and in Ukraine we are reminded of your kindness in your donations in helping us be able to help them.

We are always on the look-out for the gaps and have been supporting the Nykolaev hospital with large tanks of fresh water as the Russians destroyed the water systems in all the surrounding towns. The hospital needs a large sustainable water filter system. Another smaller hospital nearby had all their windows shattered in a blast so we paid for glass and timber to help them get it back in action.
In a continued effort we are helping support orphanages and their caretakers at the border of Moldova/Ukraine and supporting and redirecting outside help to three aid distribution centers inside Ukraine, one in Moldova and two in Romania.

Although the Russians out-number the Ukraine fighters by 10-1 the spirit of the Ukraine people holds strong and they are feeling everyone’s love and support pouring in from all over the world.
Our largest gift we have to give the Ukraine people is LOVE.

We hug a lot of people and those moments, where a volunteer and refugee meet, no walls-one race- are the most pure form of unconditional love we have ever felt. Their hugs are for you donors as well.
Love Dr Alison Thompson- Founder- Third Wave Volunteers.


The flowers of Ukraine-
unfair war- with civilians using their own cars as tanks. Russian war crimes.
Naomi loving the children.
This mum escaped Mariupol with her ten kids! what a super mum!! They are on their way to safety as I type.

Dr. Alison training volunteer aid workers in medical triage in the underground bomb shelters of Ukraine near the front lines.

TCCC combat medic training territorial defense soldiers to help them save lives on the front lines.

Let there be solar light in Ukraine!

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UKRAINE UPDATE: May 12th 2022.

Listen to Third Wave Volunteers Naomi’s voice as she beams with light singing about LOVE on our way home in the van from an intense training in Ukraine.

UKRAINE UPDATE: MAY 2nd.
We spent quite an emotional week training 100 civilian troops on how to save lives just before they were sent off to the front lines. A great bunch of men whose faces are now etched into our hearts. The fisherman, the farmer, the author, the welder, the builders, the baby food salesman, the PHD student and the Architect. Our hearts are broken and we pray for their safety.

Very productive past ten days in helping women and children get to the safety of borders and time with rape victims we won’t mention here.
We have been getting very large water tanks to the Nykolaev hospital- they really need a large water filtration system as the Russians have destroyed the whole water system and the wells are filthy.

We were able to hand deliver 1000’s of tourniquets and IFAK kits to people heading to the front lines and everyone was so appreciative. It was like we were handing them a pot of gold.

We have had many families staying at our apt who have escaped Russian controlled Mariupol. One lady and her baby were at the Mariupol hospital when it was bombed and lost all their I’D’s etc. she had to escape through many Russian checkpoints and was harassed that she was kidnapping her own child and that they would come find her. Her other 15 and 18 year old sons are trapped in Russian territory with no way out.
There’s another lady here with ten kids and we have had fun loving on them and lighting up their night with the solar lights #titos had donated. The 10 kids will be going to Germany in a few weeks.

love Dr. Alison Thompson – Founder -Third Wave Volunteers.


Some of 100 Ukraine territorial defense civilian soldiers we trained in combat medics.

Our solar lights are always a big hit with the kids waiting in long border or aid lines and also for where there is no electricity on the front lines.

TCCC combat medic training.

Naomi deep in thought heading home.

Resilient Ukraine kids waiting long hours at borders.

Naomi and Alison training civilian fighters in combat medics on how to save lives in the red zones of the front lines.

UKRAINE UPDATE: April 24th 2022

Here is the innocent women and child who died in the bombings yesterday.

UKRAINE UPDATE: April 24th 2022

I apologize for not updating sooner it’s been very hard to get into this account on the ground and we are always tired by the time we get home to bed,
Yesterday missiles landed near our apt in Odessa wounding many and killing 8 people (one was a 3-month-old baby)
The innocent are being slaughtered and this cruel war takes a turn every 5 mins – yesterday while sheltering in a closed nightclub bomb shelter / my eyes focused in the dark and realized we were in a bondage den – laughter broke out which released the tension of the moment.

We are training civilians and military soldiers in TCCC and medical triage and we were able to deliver all your donations of top-grade tourniquets and medical to the front lines – the soldiers were thrilled and Thank you all for your donations – we hand deliver all our aid so it gets into the right hands and we care that you trust us with your donations. In the next few days we will spending your money on huge water tanks to deliver to Nykolaev as the Russians have taken out the water system and they are drinking from very dirty wells – please keep the donations coming so we can do our important work

love Dr Alison Thompson – Founder -Third Wave Volunteers.

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UKRAINE UPDATE: April 2, 2022

Thank you to all our DONORS!! YOU are our family!!
We have loud missiles flying over our heads in Odessa and it is not the 4th of July.

TOURNIQUETS ARE THE HIGHEST NEED-
The highest needs in Ukraine right now are tourniquets, hemostats, chest seals and IFAK kits. We have had many meetings with the Ukraine war commanders and medical directors of the military hospitals and mobile clinics and all are requesting tourniquets.

Donations are also being spent on medicines, orphans, orphan caretakers, finishing the building of an orphanage, rental home for two special needs cerebral palsy boys for the next 6 months, and their parents and many more desperate cases.

Today we donated 5000$ to Grace Church in Odessa Ukraine who have 400 in their congregation- the elderly, women and children have left to other countries and the congregation of men have been given a uniform and a gun and sent to fight on the front lines. They don’t know how to use a gun nor have any medical background so Third Wave Volunteers have been training military, coastguard, and civilians in TCCC and medical triage, tourniquet, wound care, CPR, decompression etc. (10k donated to Grace church to date).
We are still working with EXITUS on the extraction of the special needs orphans- it’s been a hard journey and we cannot discuss details due to the high-security risk to our teams on the inside.

Another 14-year-old special needs girl orphan was extracted to the border a few days ago- we won’t give up -no matter how long it takes to get them.
LOVE Dr. Alison Thompson – Founder- Third Wave Volunteers.

Teaching triage and medical skills such as CPR, wound care, tourniquets in underground bomb shelters. Long, long days and long hours in the bomb shelters.

An Instagram artist drew one of our triage photos.

Naomi fills everyone with love and high spirits- she even leads yoga for us with calm music while rockets fly over our heads.


Delivering food to front line recaptured villages and receiving strawberries from locals.

Thank you Sam Medical for the Stop the bleed kits for Ukraine.

UKRAINE UPDATE – March 30, 2022
I’m trying to find stalled time to sit down and write this letter -a letter to the world about what we see on the ground in Ukraine during this criminal invasion – I’ll start by talking about love and love in action and how if we can commit to truly loving other humans , the whole world becomes our country. Making our way to different cities we go through checkpoint upon checkpoint where military soldiers wonder if we are spies or helpers – most of them are every- day people from farmers to shop owners to businessmen who now have a uniform and a gun that they’ve never used before- Their check point faces are serious and stoic and we smile for a little bit longer till they grin and turn away to hide it.
– some of the cities we arrive in are not touched by Russian bombs and people are going about their life as best they can by walking their dog or making a trip to the Black Sea to see some beauty but by 8 pm everyone’s tucked inside their homes where we can hear loud artillery fire outside our safe walls – and we wonder if the Russians are close.
We’ve been helping extract orphans to safety and train civilians and military in TCCC and medical triage with simple methods from CPR and wound care and how to place a tourniquet around your arm in case it’s blown off – they concentrate with all their being because they know that could be them tomorrow or the day after- another three hour night’s sleep we get up and we push on because we know there’s more people to reach and time is running out- City after city we see the innocent people -the innocent 90 year old woman shuffling through the street – the Children’s laughter is gone and the ones remaining live like rats in the belly of the underground shelters praying to survive another night- we see evidence of the whole world helping with aid flowing through to many different cities and the people are so thankful they hug us and they tell us to tell the outside world that they see you helping.
If you’re not on the front lines of the world you are a volunteer and our motto has always been that everyone is needed and now I see it truly in action because everyone left in the country is a volunteer and everyone is needed.
Back home in America and Australia and all over the world school children are baking cookies to raise money for the war effort and that makes me cry good tears for humanity I know it’s been so rough for so many with the Covid pandemic the past two years – we also lost 16 of our Young nurses to Covid and it’s been shattering to feel all the hatred rising throughout the world but hang in there because humanity is strong and love wins in the end and hope is on the way!!!
Amen.
March 27, 2022

Dr. Alison Thompson- Founder- Third Wave Volunteers.

Amazing day in Ukraine teaching triage, CPR, tourniquet, wound care, decompression, and many more skills to Ukraine military, coastguard and civilians who have had no medical training at all – we also discussed a possible chemical attack over the next weeks.

UKRAINE WAR: MARCH 22, 2022 UPDATE:

Third Wave volunteers and our partners EXITUS
In-country: our Ukrainian ambulances are up and running and Adrian and our teams are evacuating and delivering of aid requests.
We are still working on our original list of orphans and are so very close to getting most of them out. Some of their orphanages are desperate and in one brave attempt, one of our teams will be headed to Kherson to bring aid and partially evacuate this orphanage. We honor the bravery, tenacity and sleepless work and ground coverage of Exitus, Third Wave and our many partners working together inside Ukraine.
Romania/Moldova:

We now have a children’s make-shift home with 36 orphans. They have no one. We have two previous nannies from our Ukrainian MMUs that will be coming in to help manage this home. We have established an MMU running out of Stefan Voda to surrounding areas to provide medical aid and relief to the 300 orphans that we now have placed in host families. We are committed to taking care of this vulnerable population.
In Moldova we have established a distribution center for aid and have a running line of distribution into Odessa region and are supplying the border with massive aid efforts, including food and medical care, and being the go-to for unaccompanied minors.
30 miles from the Romanian border inside Ukraine Third Wave met with the governor and war commander in charge of aid and have established a route for our large pallets of medical aid (which also includes the top need of 100s of bleeding control kits , tourniquets and hemostat donated by @SAMMEDICAL ) to make its way to the front lines over the next few days.

Our Pediatric medical teams also worked the shelters at the Romanian and Moldova borders giving support to the endless lines of refugee women and children.
Inside Ukraine Third Wave have helped set up an underground movement in Kiev with our friends from New York / Texas/ Ukraine who are helping our teams and partner NGO”s and friends to evacuate more women and children to safe houses while navigating through the Ukrainian barricades with up to date passwords and Intel.

Exitus have solidified partnerships with the Moldovan government and Romanian to help provide infrastructure and support to maintain communities while taking on such vulnerable peoples.
We are providing food, oxygen, fuel, transportation, medical care, housing, jobs, safety, orphan care, and infrastructure support. This is what it means to integrate into communities, see their needs, and meet them where they are at.
When Exitus and Third Wave show up- they show up.
Collectively with our ground teams, Salam, and local friends, we have evacuated 1,000’s of people. I will post the most up to date report today with numbers.
We are two weeks in.
We see you. We hear you. We came for you.
We miss our families- but we can always go home – they can’t

Thank you to all our donors we cannot do the work without your important partnership.
Love Dr. Alison Thompson – Founder- Third Wave Volunteers.

UKRAINE WAR : MARCH 14th, 2022 UPDATE.
NOTE: Intel is not in real time and locations in Ukraine are left off to protect our teams on the ground from being intercepted by the Russians.
Things have begun to move faster as it’s been hard to reach our special needs orphans trapped in bombed cities with now Russian occupation.
Six more orphans were just extracted and we are sending buses to get 350 kids out of (—–) as I type.
Yesterday we met with the Ukraine war commander at the main humanitarian aid station in Ukraine and have established a good route for our medicines to flow through to reach the wounded in the front lines.
Thank you all for your support and donations we really can-not do this without you – You are all LOVED and are part of this great Third Wave Volunteers team.
“Everyone’s Needed!”
Love Dr. Alison Thompson- Founder- Third wave Volunteers.

We are giving out these great solar lights to the women and children. Part of your donations go towards the lights which are 11$ each.


the border gate between war and freedom – a ukraine baby waits in the bitter cold for her freedom

Working alongside local Romanian NGO- Fight for Freedom.

Dr. JOHN from California- everyone’s turning up to help!

Mike Luem is in the background in a Ukraine aid hub that feeds aid to the front lines. He is an L.A sheriff and SAR rescue expert.

Jack Osborne is also with us he has is a very hard working, humble and intelligent man- awe worked together in Haiti in 2010.
Jack can be my wingman any day!!

freezing -1st first week of the war in Ukraine

The face of Ukraine children being forced to flee the war and leave their homes behind.
We have met the Ukraine commander in charge of getting the humanitarian aid to the people and wounded in the front lines and have established a route for our medical aid to flow to the front lines.
LOVE Dr. Alison –

THE COMMANDER OF AID DISTRIBUTION SAID THEIR BIGGEST NEED IS STOP THE BLEED TOURNIQUETS.
Imagine saying goodbye to your dad knowing you may never see him again. I know many people reading this have been through this in the past.

UKRAINE UPDATE: FEB 20th 2022:
The whole world is coming together against PUTIN to say “NO you can’t just invade another country and that there are some basic rules of the world!!”
Third Wave Volunteer nurses have joined with Exitus (another very experienced US non-profit) who have been extracting and aiding vulnerable and exploited orphans from Ukraine since 2014 with a great track record and system in place.
There are over 1000 special needs orphans stuck in Ukraine who have adoptive US parents waiting for them to take them to local US hospitals. There are 23 orphans ready to exit now.
Most of the children are medically fragile experiencing withdrawal symptoms, trauma from physical, mental and sexual abuse- most have feeding tubes, need meds every 2 hours and need to be carried.
Please donate to help in this important journey for medications and nurse transport.
Key details have been left out to protect all our teams while they carry out these dangerous operations.
LOVE Dr. Alison Thompson – Founder- Third Wave Volunteers

MISSION: Hurricane Ian – Florida 2022-2023

Hurricane Ian slammed into Florida carving a path of destruction through central Floirida, with extreme winds, heavy rains and a torrent of waters flooding in from the gulf of Mexico.

Many of our Third Wave Volunteers have had ten -15 feet of water in their homes and have lost everything.

We are currently working in two back to back hurricane disasters with hurricane Fiona and Hurricane Ian.

Third Wave Volunteer search and rescue have deployed into Naples/Fort Meyers and Cape Coral and our medical teams arrive tomorrow.
Karen Flanagan Williamson we love you dearly- we are with you!!!

Please donate what you can. Many people have worked and saved their whole lives and it’s gone in seconds.

Much love Dr. Alison Thompson- Founder Third Wave Volunteers.

MISSION: Hurricane Fiona 2022

Puerto Rico and Dominican republic have been struck by hurricane Fiona roaring through – in PR millions are without power and thousands of homes flooded and destroyed please donate to help.
Our local Third Wave Volunteers have deployed – and our USA team is on the way.

After hurricane Maria Third Wave Volunteers stayed for a year and hand delivered over 100 large containers of aid and 100,000’s of solar lights and water filtration units and trained 1000s of local volunteers and orgs for future disasters.

We are a 501c3 22 year old trusted non profit in Florida and tax receipts available.

MISSION: Kentucky Tornadoes December 2021

Kentucky Tornado Relief: DEC 29th, 2021.

On December 10, 2021, a violent, long-tracked tornado moved across Western Kentucky and 4 other states, producing severe to catastrophic damage in numerous towns spanning over 200 miles including Mayfield, Benton, Dawson Springs, and Bremen.

Third Wave Volunteers are responding with medical, tele-health, wifi and solar lights. This mission is ongoing. Kentucky needs a lot of help it looked like an atomic bomb had blasted large holes in the environment.

 “Rescuers can’t go door-to-door because ‘there are no doors’.

These horrific tornadoes have ripped through Kentucky and many other states.

The destruction is so catastrophic, officials still don’t know how bad it truly is.

It’s been two days since tornadoes tore across eight states, killing dozens of people and pulverizing houses in Kentucky.

More than 1,000 houses have been obliterated in Kentucky alone, Gov. Andy Beshear said.

“Our state was hit by at least four tornadoes. One stayed on the ground in Kentucky for at least 200 miles, devastating anything in its path,” Beshear said Monday.

Third Wave Volunteers are on the ground searching for survivors.

Please donate solar lights and water filters to people living in the dark.

Third Wave Volunteers are a registered Non-Profit in the state of Florida with EIN number- 82-3731839.- All donations are tax-deductible.

Love Dr. Alison Thompson

Founder- Third Wave Volunteers.

MISSION: Louisiana Hurricane IDA

 

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OPERATION IDA RELIEF: NGO partner collaboration in Louisiana in assisting with hurricane IDA that wiped out 10,000’s of homes throughout southern Louisiana.

DEC 29th 2021:

NGO Partners: #thirdwavevolunteers #cajuncommissary #SWUnitedWay #footprintproject #Ferreirafoundation #Internationalmedicalcorps  #Unitedhoumanation #bridgeside #spacex #AmericanLegionpost31 #Tesla, #Smartaid,  #Bridgesidetelehealth #USdisastercoordination #jennysjeepersk9  #verison #Newuseenergy #WUSAH and many more to be added soon in this ongoing missions.

December 7th 2021: Third Wave Volunteer and Cajun Commissary command camp has moved to Grand Isle at the request of the Mayor of Grand Isle. The mission is focused on food, wifi, solar and tele-health and other volunteer groups are welcome to stay at our camp.

A large Thank you to International Medical Corps who helped provide a large medical and volunteer tent, refrigerators, medical aid, lights and many aid items towards this disaster- We are only stronger if we all work together.

Thank you Tiffany at Cajun Commissary for being our mamma bear host we love you- They ripped her family house camp down yesterday- we are sorry for your loss.

OCT 26th 2021:

For the past two months Third Wave Volunteers and other partner orgs ( see above or below for orgs) ) have been running a VOLUNTEER command post which gets medical, tele-health, solar, water filtration, wifi, food and general cleaning supply aid into the destroyed communities of Louisiana. We are all stronger together and work alongside our partners: Cajun Commissary, Footprint Project, Tesla, SpaceX, International Medical Corps, Ferreira Foundation, Smartaid, United Way(Southern Louisiana), Bridgeside, American Legion Post 31, New Use Energy, jennysjeepersk9 and The United Houma Nation.

Together we have touched the lives of 10,000’s of people and we wont give up and will stay long after the other help leaves.
This disaster is catastrophic and there are so many areas still without electricity and 10,000’s of homes won’t have electricity until 2022 and winter is moving in. Third Wave are solar lighting up the darkest areas with these long lasting solar lights that last 12 hours straight and recharge in the free sun- each one costs 11$ and we hope to raise enough to donate lights to 16 neighborhoods which is around 20,000 people.
Become a light farmer and bring joy to those without.

September 19, 2021 by Dr. Alison Thompson- Founder- Third Wave Volunteers.

UPDATE: SEPT 19Th 2021

Operation IDA Relief : Third Wave Volunteer sustainable solar command camp ( created for us by The Footprint Project and Tesla) is running smoothly with new additions daily. Our mobile medical Telehealth units are searching remote areas for medical needs and there are many sick people testing positive with the new Delta strain of Covid.

Frail 4 week old baby Emma was just diagnosed with Covid along with her mum and whole family. Many families we spoke to told us they were finally moving away to another state that was safer and drier. The ten kids living in a shed with covid and mold growing on their walls all tested negative last night so we had a little dance party with them.
Monday we start a new tele-health program to remote areas so patients can talk to doctors online via or version router and call in prescriptions etc.
Thank you to all our donors who help us daily to keep helping Louisiana after catastrophic hurricane IDA a few weeks ago.
In the past few days we have had great physical donations of important medicines for our mobile field hospital and aid for the people.

A beautiful family has formed between the volunteers and the locals and on Friday night( for volunteer colonel Marks birthday) a local man slow cooked us a tender alligator in a spicy red creole sauce and it was delicious.

 

UPDATE: Sept 12th-
Yesterday was Sept 11th 2001 where Third Wave Volunteers started as first responders in the attacks in NYC in 2001. After our work there we started a volunteer movement to focus on love and humanity to help people all over the world based on LOVE IN ACTION.

Volunteers have been very busy on the ground and have created a solar city command camp thanks to the #Footprintproject #Newuseenergy and #Tesla and we have been pushing tonnes off aid and medical help out to the people. Louisiana is in a very bad way with the hurricane and the many tornados that ripped through 1000’s of communities. Covid is also rampart everywhere and our medical staff are very busy.
Your donations really help. We will be working hard in Louisiana for at least the next 3 months. Sign up to volunteer.

September 6, 2021 by Dr. Alison Thompson- Founder- Third Wave Volunteers.

Our Joint NGO command center is ready in Houma, Louisiana – branching out into areas to provide medical, #Bridgsidetelehealth,  health checks, food, cleaning aid, solar lights, water filters, Wifi /solar units, solar trailers and huge LOVE.

Thank you to Tiffany, Mark, Chris, Will, Nate and Ashley and the collaboration with #cajuncommissary #footprintproject #Ferreirafoundation #Internationalmedicalcorps #spacex #verison #Tesla, #Smartaid,  #Bridgesidetelehealth #USdisastercoordination #jennysjeepersk9 #SWUnitedWay   #thirdwavevolunteers  #Unitedhoumanation #AmericanLegionpost31 #Newuseenergy

#Buildbackgreener #labordaylabor #laborday #louisiana, #HurricaneIDA #IDA #recovery #solar #resilience #love #thirdwaveVolunteers #alisonthompson #community #donate #alisonthompson #philantropy #adeliveryoflove #signup #joinus #dogood #thirdwavevolunteers.com #Volunteer #volunteers #volunteerism #giveback

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COVID Pandemic Dec 29th 2021: – 820,000 USA Covid deaths- 53.3 million covid cases in USA. 5.4 million deaths worldwide- 240 million cases worldwide.

 The past two years have been brutal with our nurses and medical volunteers battling covid-19 and the Delta variant in hospitals nationwide- a new variant named Omnicron from South Africa is spreading even faster than the Delta variant and is setting records all over the world. Omnicron also made it into my own home with my husband contracting it over Christmas. Demand is high once again for N95 masks and home-covid testing kits and volunteers have recently sent out another 100,000 N95 masks to nursing homes and hospitals in need- bringing the total of N95 masks donated to 1.8 minion masks nationwide. 

 

COVID-19 PANDEMIC- FEB 5Th- 2021

USA: 26.7 million Covid cases- 456,000 deaths.
While a billion people around the world await their Covid vaccinations -the need for N95 masks and PPE is still very high. Please continue to donate OR give us input of where to send masks to your community.

Over the past year Third Wave Volunteers have delivered over 1.7 million N95 masks to health providers, hospitals, fire rescue, police, disabled and nursing homes, Navajo and other tribes, prisons and schools to 50 states across the nation via fundraising and mask donors. Each mask zip-code has been GIS mapped. A huge thank you to our donors: The Miami Foundation, Roseanne, Pershing Square Foundation, UPS, JAKAdvisors, G-13, The AFYA Foundation and Webb Banks.

Love Dr. Alison Thompson.

Covid-19 PANDEMIC -November 6th 2020
USA 9.7 million Covid cases -235,000 deaths.
Yesterday there were 121,000 new covid cases in one day setting a new record. Experts, doctors and scientists say we are in for a harsh winter. Our N95 mask project has donated over 800,000 N95 masks and we are still working strong.100% Donations go to buy N95 masks to send nationwide.

Covid-19 PANDEMIC- June 12th UPDATE:
USA: 2 million covid cases- 110,000 deaths.
Covid is rising in 25 states and 1000’s of Americans die daily. Many states re-opened to save their economies but have noticeable spikes in rising Covid-19 numbers.

Florida had 1900 new cases overnight. Arizona and Alabama hospitals are nearly at full capacity. The long lists of needs for N95 masks and PPE reflect this is far from over. All of you have helped donate over 450,000 N95 masks nationwide to first responders in hospitals, fire, police, Riker’s island NY and Homestead Florida prisons, disabled homes, abused women’s homes, LAFD, NYPD, Florida firefighters and the Navajo nations.
We won’t give up but we need your help with more donations to keep the help moving.

Everyone’s Needed!

Love Dr. Alison Thompson-

COVID 19 PANDEMIC – APRIL 5th 2020 Update:

Thanks to your donations Third Wave Volunteers have sent out 260,000 N95 masks to frontline first responders and health providers and we have a million more N95 masks on the way.
Keep donating we are moving fast with our trusted network of 1000’s of health providers. We have volunteers in 50 states working fast with no red tape to get help to the front line.

Covid-19 PANDEMIC- Feb 5th 2020

EMERGENCY:
Third Wave Volunteers are getting important personal protection equipment (PPE) out to first responders and health providers who need N95 masks, face shields and gowns to protect themselves from this invisible Covid virus.
We have donated over 20,000 N95 masks to health providers and essential frontline workers and medical facilities nationwide. ( including Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Bahamas.)

We are here for the long haul- this disease will be with us at least 18 months- Covid-19 feels very different and more dangerous to the previous ones I have worked in around the world.

Everyone will be needed to step up and wear masks.

Love Dr. Alison Thompson

(Our Third Wave Volunteer founder Dr. Alison Thompson is a rescue paramedic and mass-casualty disaster commander with a Doctorate in the Humanities. She was a Sept 11th first responder and has spent the past 22 years running refugee camps, field hospitals and resilience hubs around the world including the Syrian and Venezuela refugee crisis.)

Please donate to help us all achieve this important mission. “Everyone’s needed.”

MISSION: Hurricane Dorian Bahamas 2019-2020

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Hurricane Dorian Bahamas:

 Third Wave Volunteers mission operations have been firing on all cylinders in Grand Bahamas & Grand Abaco for the past year. Our recent mission brought us to Abaco and Sweetings cay where volunteers delivered 100 sets of donated PANDA KITCHEN cabinets for the new homes.

Our new sponsor “Webb Banks” stepped up to provide great contacts on the ground in the Bahamas and kind donations. (Webb banks are a wine and spirits company distributing all over the Caribbean) so it made sense to collaborate with their contacts to get help with aid distribution. 

The NMMA ( National Marine Manufactures Association) also stepped up in a huge way with donations from their hundreds of patrons.  

Within this time we’ve shed blood, sweat, and tears contributing: 2500 local and USA Third Wave Volunteers contributing their time, love & energy on the ground in the Bahamas and in the Miami Warehouse plus 200 plane flights of aid, rescue/ volunteer and evacuee transportation 42 containers of aid shipped from our Miami Warehouse -800,200 lbs total aid shipped to Grand Bahama & Grand Abaco

Donations of 40,000 solar lights, tarps and water filtration straws and bucket units weeks worth of pet food for homeless dogs and cats who survived the hurricane whilst partnering with The Humane Society and Freeport Veterinary Clinic. 

Cut through 50 miles of downed power lines and trees in the east end of Grand Bahama. Thank you True Tree service Ian and Seb. 

Assisted with 15 highly successful Church Fairs reaching over 20,000 attendees. These fairs run on an all welcome basis opening to the general public, not only for church members. TWV donate multiple containers of aid to each church which are then displayed in categories of food, medical supplies, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies, snacks, clothes, and water, etc. Our crew is feeling so humbled with how fulfilling it’s been to support and work on the fairs together with the church members and locals community.

Thanksgiving dinner for 2500 people. 

One of the most rewarding experiences was hand-delivering over 6,800 presents to the children of Grand Bahama  Abaco and the outer islands on our Bahamas Christmas Drive. We collaborated with Captain Rob, Rob Jr, Miami Beach schools and police and fire stations and raised money to buy a DC3 charter plane to transport the presents. 

Creating the Bahamas Resilience Alliance initiative in Miami with City of Miami District 2 and the local Miami Bahamian churches and working alongside the Bahamian Christian counsel with 100’s of preachers from 52 churches across Freeport has been our most powerful asset in reaching the masses in Grand Bahama and Grand Abaco. Here we were able to do data collection and GIS mapping of the areas in most need.

Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas- 2019.

From the moment we first set foot on Sweetings Cay island in the Bahamas we fell in love with her.  We decided to adopt the island to recover, rebuild and continue our focus as each disaster phase progresses. We have a home base set up with volunteer tents and everyone loves camping out on the Cay with Ruffy the puppy and all the beautiful locals who have become family to us. On Sweetings Cay we have given love, hope, friendship along with generators, aid, water, water filtration units, solar lighting, fixed church roofs, cleaned and mucked out houses, planted food seeds, ocean and shoreline clean up and are working on cleaning up and restoring the turtle park. 

A special shoutout to our amazing Third Wave pilots Rob, Jose, Angel & Edwardo for their continued service to this very important mission. None of this could have happened without the contribution of our wonderful donors, like yourself.

From the bottom of our hearts, each and every one of us at Third Wave Volunteers are eternally grateful for your continued love & support to this important hurricane relief mission in Grand Bahama and Grand Abaco.

Everyone’s needed, thank you for doing your part!

MISSION: Hurricane Michael – Florida Panhandle 2018-2019

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Third Wave Volunteers Hurricane Michael Aid Delivery 10 2018

Why we do what we do – Facebook Sponsor Third Wave Volunteers

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For the past 9 months, since Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle, Third Wave volunteers have been working in the disaster zones of Mexico Beach and Panama City areas.

We call it the ”The forgotten Florida Panhandle disaster” as there are not many organizations left here to help and there are still 10,000’s of people suffering; including veterans under blue trapped homes and elderly people living in tents. Various volunteer activities included search and rescue, solar light deliveries, health checks, water testing, aid delivery, mental and medical health, cleaning out yards and houses, animal sanctuaries and worked where ever their were gaps and we were needed.

On the morning after Hurricane Michael made landfall, Third Wave SAR search and rescue teams got into Mexico Beach FL and into the bayou on air-boats to rescue people still trapped by trees and debris in their homes. Volunteers gave out solar lanterns, GIS mapping and water testing – along with medical health checks. 

A few days after the hurricane we found the body of a 92-year old man who had lost his house in the hurricane (and lost his wife years earlier) so days after the hurricane he had waded out into the lake with his walker, tied an anchor around his waist and drowned himself. Mental health is one of the most important parts of this disaster. They are the scars you cannot see.

The devastation was greater than many of the disasters we had seen over the past 25 years on US soil and we knew right away we would be working in this area for a long time. The heart of a Third Wave volunteer beats strong. We believe ‘everyone is needed ‘ and there is still so much need in this disaster.

Please sign up for future volunteer projects.

Love Dr. Alison Thompson, Founder- Third Wave Volunteers

MISSION: One Light- Helping Syrian, Iraq and Afghanistan refugees.

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Third Wave Volunteers -3 Years helping Syrian refugees in Lesvos-Greece/ Turkey and around the Syrian borders.
 
SOLAR LIGHTS PHOTOS taken BY DOUG KUNTZ and CHRIS MORROW.
 
ONE LIGHT: Emergency Solar light donation to Syrian, Iraq and Afghanistan refugees in Greece, Macedonia, Turkey and other borders.
The Syrian refugee crisis is dire- how bad is it back in their own countries that these families (with many small children and babies) are forced to walk 1000’s of miles with only what they can carry on their backs. Then pay $2000 per person to pile into overcrowded unsafe small rubber smuggler boats to reach the Greek isle of Lesvos – which is the first entry point to Europe. 
Once on board and approaching the Greek coastline the skipper ( a crook slashes the rubber boat or only gives enough gas to get half way )making it sink so the Greek Coastguard are forced to rescue everyone- but each night many people drown. The refugees arrive cold, wet and hungry and many are in shock- one lady gave birth on the beach a few days ago while 3 others drowned. On arrival volunteers give the refugees dry clothes, food and medical attention and then refugees walk 28 miles up a steep dark mountain to the refugee camps. 

We have had emergency calls over the weekend pleading for solar lights as the large tents and camps in so many areas are pitch black. The lights are 11$ each and we are accepting donations.
 
From Alison’s blog- Lesvos Greece.
 
My scary Halloween under a full moon- by Alison Thompson SOS- CALLING ALL ANGELS!!!!
 
The last time i asked for all the angels in the world to come to help in a SOS call it was after the 2004 tsunami with 300,000 dead. I’m tired and I don’t have time to write on social media but know its importance to get the message out to the world and to get more aid and volunteers here.
 I have had exactly 3 hours sleep in the past 72 hours. No words can describe this exodus of Syrian, Iraq and afghan refugees- 1000’s land 24 hours a day -wet- cold -hungry and traumatized with a lot of babies and children.

 The refugees are kind, humble, good people–many of the women lost their babies on the long walk to freedom. Today one man washed ashore who had left Iraq a year ago after his mother and sister were repeatedly raped by Isis. He had made it to Turkey with them but didn’t have enough money for the smugglers boats (as the Turkish mafia charged 1000’s of $ for refugees to cross a 6 mile stretch to Greece) so he had to work to get the money in turkey where he was beaten daily and his pay later stolen. When he finally reached the boats he said they were beating people and holding guns to their heads and they broke his legs and threw him in the boat- when he was out to sea the smugglers then threw him overboard and laughed when the boat full of children capsized as they jumped onto their get away boat. 
I found him washed up on the beach close to hypothermia-  I blew on his face and warmed him with my close breath- he had made it and he survived. I had to convince him he was finally safe now but his eyes told me he didn’t believe me.
 
Tonight it is frigid cold and the winds are playing havoc with the refugee boats tipping them over all day. 
So many children died and the ones that made it were blue and wet – we worked hard with CPR to save their lives some survived – others not.
After we arrived back to base we saw 3 refugee boats who had just capsized so we scrambled over the rocks and water to get to them before the sea swallowed them up and scrapped them across the rocks.
 The solar lanterns were a magic box of hope which lit up the makeshift hospital bus along the shore and were given to refugees as they set off on the next part of their journey. (which included a 28 mile walk up a steep mountain carrying babies and children to refugee camps). 

These are just 2 of 1000’s of stories we hear daily and the solutions to this crisis are large but one thing we can do is help these people in front of us – I blow bubbles at the kids and dab perfume on women who haven’t washed in months – tears leak out of my face and we shiver in the cold hugging each other.
I tell them I love them in broken Arabic or Farsi- then later back at the local restaurant at 1 am volunteers meet cry and laugh and try to cope with the past 24 hours of trauma- 
—ready for the next day full of the same– 
love alison
 
Latest post Friday from syrian refugee crisis in Greece NOV 22nd–
 
LOVE IS LOVE- where has all the love gone in the world?
Standing on the rocky shores of Lesbos Greece my eyes lock onto two specks of black on the horizon and my heart swells. The refugees are upon us now- terrified wet and hungry- our whistles blow- they are 50 feet from shore and panic and screams begin.
children and babies are quickly passed volunteer via volunteer to the safety of shore and we smile and hug families who were almost swallowed by the sea— some never made it.
Where is all the love in the world?
on landing they kiss the ground and praise God for their lives while others sit in quiet shock- its the quiet ones we worry about.
We can’t solve the larger problems of the world but we can help these people right in front of us.
We rush another hypothermic pregnant woman along the darkened shoreline now lit with magic bright solar puff lights and my care is focused on the heartbeat of two.
Inside the Adventist makeshift bus hospital Dr Michael works alongside muslims, Israelis and christians to save lives. There are no skin colors or religions here- we are frontline soldiers fighting for humanity before we exterminate each other. In front of me stand an educated afghan family whose father has been shot by the Talliban. They paid 26,000$ to cross from turkey to Greece and wait patiently for Maeve to finish cleaning his infected wounds as his young son smiles through his eyes due to his jaw being wired shut from being shot through his jaw.
I reach for a bottle of bubbles to help calm another restless baby and eye two young women in the corner who have been raped by ISIS- they are silent but their eyes trace my every move.
 
In new eyes I see their journey before and after- heading for the promised land but only finding paper towns. Many of the refugees will be forced to return home and now if the whole world turns against them then iSIS and the rest of the brutal regimes win and will wait for them to return to kill them.
Where is the love in the world?
 
The turkish mafia charge 1- 2000$ per head for them to cross the deadly sea to freedom- how bad is it back home that the sea is safer than the land? It brings to my mind the jumpers on Sept 11th, 2001.
 
A flashback to ten days ago with half drowned children dying in our arms and so many more bodies never found.- 2 nights ago a boat of refugees spent 10 hours sinking in their boat and an obese man jumped overboard so that they could live. He was found at 3am alone out in the black sea by James a volunteer from England.
 
In each new story my brain and emotions shut down to protect the innocent and I snap back into flight as the rescue whistles start again. Ten boat loads later another woman collapses into my love and I stroke her hair and repeat the few Arabic words I know ” Hamdila” Praise God”

The grassroots teams get help straight to the people and the volunteers on the ground help till they drop. From the amazing Rayyan the cook (who feeds 1000’s of refugees daily ), Lesvos Lighthouse Relief volunteers, Dr Michael and his gang of Adventists, the Third Wave Volunteers and to all the other volunteer groups from all over the world.
 
Aslam Obaid is a Syrian volunteer who stayed to help and he works endless shifts to tie it all together. We are all family now.
Volunteering is a gift from the heart and it beats strong and never gives up.
Here is the LOVE from all nations and our hearts won’t stop until they do.
love is love and the world doesn’t work without it!
love Alison
 
 
My OPED in Miami Herald

SKALA SIKAMINEAS, GREECE — Standing in the harbor of this Greek village on the island of Lesbos, I am holding yet another soaking wet little girl with blue lips. Minutes before she had been sinking in the deadly Aegean sea crossing from Turkey to Greece. Her parents had fled Syria with only a cellphone and cash after their house had been bombed and ISIS had shot three generations of their relatives in cold blood.

My heart swells as I spot tiny specks of orange lifejackets bobbing like oranges in a low-riding boat. The rescue whistles blow, and volunteers from all nations jump into action. The refugees are closer now, and 50 feet from shore the screams of terror begin as two panicked refugees jump out, setting off a crushing stampede as children and babies are catapulted from the boat into the dark sea.

Most Syrians don’t swim. I catch sight of a small body in a puffy pink jacket floating away and I plunge into the water to reach her in borrowed time. I struggle to plant my feet on the slippery rocks below as the weight of her lifejacket and wet clothes strain my lazy muscles to work even harder.

By the shore, volunteers call for stretchers in five different languages, but I am focused on one child’s heartbeat. Finding no pulse, I fumble at her clothes, free the airway and pump her tiny chest looking for life. After two cycles of CPR, water sputters from her mouth and I turn her over to allow the sea to escape. She is not in good condition, but she is alive. Children and babies are quickly being passed, volunteer to volunteer, to the safety of shore, and we smile and hug the families who were almost swallowed by the sea.

Back on the shore, I reach for a bottle of bubbles to help calm another restless baby and eye the two teenage girls who have been raped by ISIS. They remain silent, and their dark lashes spy my every move. With new eyes, I scope the refugee journey of heading toward the “promised land,” but finding only paper towns. In Lesbos, I have seen the face of all our gods, where humans embrace and pain is absorbed into a love without borders.

Volunteers work day and night in rain and snow, huddled together around fires and in rental cars, tracking the boats and sending rescue teams out into the angry sea. We rush another hypothermic pregnant woman along the darkened shoreline now lit with magic bright solar lights and wait and pray, always ready with emergency blankets and food and dry clothes.

The volunteers share jubilation in the safe rescues — and bottomless despair when we learn they have capsized and everyone has drowned.

After five months of volunteering in Lesbos, my brain can’t solve the larger problems of a world where leaders are also struggling to find answers. I do know that I can help these suffering humans, but I am not naïve enough to think that a terrorist couldn’t get through any border or inspire people across many nations.

Syria’s civil war is the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Half the country’s pre-war population — more than 11 million people — have been killed or forced to flee their homes. Last year, more than 800,000 Syrians arrived by sea and in them I have met beautiful, educated families who are just like us.

When did we become so fearful? The Sept. 11 attacks taught me not to live in fear or give in to terrorism. If the world turns its back on the refugees, they will be forced to return to Syria and then ISIS wins.

Where has all the love gone in the world? We are not being asked to go shave our heads and become monks, but to imagine a world where everyone does their part, so that the karma banks will overflow with blue-chip stocks of compassion and we all become “billionaires on the inside.”

Imagine a world where souls are more valuable than money. Isn’t that the way it was meant to be?

It’s easy to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but now humanity asks us to transform fear into love. To be in the wrong place at the right time.

Dr. Alison Thompson is the founder of Third Wave Volunteers working with Syrian refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos. 

 
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Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article58883703.html#storylink=cpy
 
 

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1000s of people are still sleeping in the streets and there are many elderly in need of help. The solar lights are the biggest need for camping at night and for areas still without electricity. 

The solar lights are 10$ each and they last 8-12 hours at night and recharge in the free sun.

Third Wave Volunteers stayed one year in Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria -delivering 96 containers of aid door to door to peoples houses and gave out 10,000s of solar lights and water filtration units. 

The electricity was out for 11- 12 months in many areas.

www.thirdwavevolunteers.com

Love Dr. Alison Thompson- Founder- Third Wave Volunteers.

More info:

The swarm of earthquakes that have rocked Puerto Rico recently left marks that are visible from space. About 2,000 quakes have shaken Puerto Rico since late December, with the most powerful a 6.4-magnitude temblor that took place last Tuesday (Jan. 7), centered just off the island’s southwest coast.

That one, the biggest quake to hit Puerto Rico in a century, killed at least one person, damaged nearly 600 buildings and caused at least $110 million in damage.

We have our local Third Wave Volunteers teams on the ground in PR working hard on phase one disaster response. We trained and worked with these teams after Hurricane Maria, preparation is key. Our focus in PR is collaboration moving into resilience mode. This means helping university students and local organizations, giving out much needed solar lights, first aid kits, and general aid, as well as disaster zone assessment project led by our Third Wave Volunteer volunteer Puerto Rico director, Gabriel. 

Please help us help Puerto Rico by donating today, every cent makes a difference.

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 Please help the Australian bush fire victims and the vulnerable animals who have been badly burned- it crushes me to see my homeland like this. Australia has been burning out of control with 1000’s of fires and the rains over the past 5 days have brought much relief. The fires have killed over a billion animals.  Read More “MISSION: Australia Bushfires 2019-2020”

MISSION: Haiti 2010 Earthquake – JPHRO

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U.S. Navy members from various units assigned to the United States Naval Ship Comfort is treating patients as part of a mulit-national effort to provide emergency medical assistance in a Port au Prince, Haiti, Jan. 21, 2010.  The U.S. Department of Defense contingent is part of a larger national and international relief effort led by the U.S. Agency for International Development in response to the Jan. 12, 2010, 7.0 earthquake here.  FOUO  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dennis J. Henry Jr.)

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Jan. 19, 2010) Army Pfc. Jonathan Pflueger, assigned to the 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, holds his hands above a crowd of women to try to get them to sit down at a humanitarian aid distribution point in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Units from all branches of the U.S. military are conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in Haiti Jan. 12. (Department of Defense photo by Fred W. Baker III/Released)

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A UN car is covered in rubble the day after an earthquake†hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday flattened the president's palace, the cathedral, hospitals, schools, the main prison and whole neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

Local residents crowd a devastated street in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. Huge swaths of Port-au-Prince lay in ruins, and thousands of people were feared dead in the rubble of government buildings, foreign aid headquarters and shantytowns that collapsed a day earlier in a powerful earthquake. (Damon Winter/The New York Times)

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft airdrops humanitarian aid into Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and surrounding areas Jan. 18, 2010. The U.S. military is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the country Jan. 12, 2010. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. James L. Harper Jr., U.S. Air Force/Released)

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100207-F-4646B-030 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Feb. 7, 2010) American actor Sean Penn helps load rice donated by the Jenkins-Penn Haitian Relief Organization and the Salvation Army. Food, water and medical supplies were delivered by members of the Joint Forces Special Operations Component Command and the HM-14 crew, who collaborated with the J/P HRO to deliver the supplies to Cap Haitien using a MH-53E Sea Dragon. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Victoria Brayton/Released)

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People run toward a U.S. helicopter as it makes a water drop near a country club used as a forward operating base for the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010. Relief groups and officials are focused on moving aid flowing into Haiti to survivors of the powerful earthquake that hit the country on Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) XJH106

People gestures as a U.S. helicopter makes a water drop near a country club used as a forward operating base for the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010.  Relief groups and officials are focused on moving aid flowing into Haiti to survivors of the powerful earthquake that hit the country on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) XJH108

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - JANUARY 14:  A women who lost her foot in the massive earthquake waits for medical aide on January 14, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Planeloads of rescuers and relief supplies headed to Haiti as governments and aid agencies launched a massive relief operation after a powerful earthquake killing possibly thousands. Numerous buildings were reduced to rubble by the 7.0-strong quake on January 12.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) 95729337

A person's leg hangs from of a building that collapsed during an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.  A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti Tuesday. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) XFM101

An earthquake survivor sits with part of her face covered by a bandage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.  A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) XRA103

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Haiti 2010 Earthquake-
300,000 dead -hundreds of 1000’s injured- homes crushed- millions displaced.
On the next day I received a text from Sean Penn —“Haiti …?” I replied “lets go!”
Soon I was heading from NYC to Miami, on a borrowed private jet of designer Donna Karen ( no we don’t usually fly this way but Everyone’s needed right!?). She drove Third Wave volunteers and ten doctors (I had found on facebook) to the airport at 4am and given us blankets, essential oils and supplies to take with us. Donna has a heart of gold for preserving other cultures and helps wherever she can. We were to meet up with Sean and our cargo plane full of aid in Opa Locka in Miami and then fly onto Haiti together. Read More “MISSION: Haiti 2010 Earthquake – JPHRO”

MISSION: September 11th, 2001

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Sept 11th is so deeply tattooed into my brain that the memories will never go away.

I will never forget rollerblading 8 miles downtown to the World Trade Center with a first aid kit helping people in the streets only to see the north tower collapse around me. Read More “MISSION: September 11th, 2001”