Projects Around The World

Dr. Vera Pryhodko from Belarus

Dr. Vera Pryhodko from Belarus

One of the most important programs that we have is to provide educational opportunities to individuals who provide services to others. This includes teachers, directors of schools and orphanages, and medical professionals. We were able to bring Dr. Pryhodko from...

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Help to the poor in Ukraine

Help to the poor in Ukraine

We were introduced to a family in Ukraine that was very poor. The father is disabled and cannot work, and his three children are disabled as well. Two of the older children have vision problems and mental disabilities; one son is almost totally blind. The youngest...

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Food for the poor in Belarus

Food for the poor in Belarus

There are many people in the world who lack the basics in life such as food, clean water, medicine and clothing. We recently visited a small village area in southern Belarus that is poor and in need. We delivered food baskets that included bulk items that would last...

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Helping the poor in Belarus with home repairs

Helping the poor in Belarus with home repairs

Many homes in the villages of Belarus are quite old and in need of repair. We were asked if it would be possible to repair the roof of a home belonging to a widow and her three children. We agreed to provide the funds and are happy to report that the repairs have been...

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Business Training for Belarusians

Business Training for Belarusians

DirectConnect is training Belarusians for Business Start-ups! DirectConnect continues to make inroads into the lives of the Belarusian people in a most unique way!  Bill Compton and Matt Parsley traveled to the former Soviet Republic of Belarus to host and provide...

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Clean water wells in Vietnam

Clean water wells in Vietnam

Over the years DCHA has paid for the installation of water wells in village areas that were lacking clean water. These wells generally provide clean water for approximately 40 people living in proximity to each other.The water wells are drilled to a depth of 100...

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Helping the poor in Vietnam

Helping the poor in Vietnam

They say "a picture is worth a thousand words". The face of this lady pictured in the introduction to the blog tells the story of a difficult life and the need for hope. DCHA visited some very poor areas in Vietnam and worked with our local contacts to bring relief to...

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Ramps and Lifts for people with disabilities in Kosovo

Ramps and Lifts for people with disabilities in Kosovo

A flight of stairs, even a short flight, can be an insurmountable barrier to a person who is confined to a wheelchair. Bahrije was in this situation, not being able to leave her home easily. People with disabilities in such a place understand the old saying "so close,...

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Southeast Asia water project benefits 2300 people

Southeast Asia water project benefits 2300 people

DirectConnect recently completed a water project in Southeast Asia. The village committee in a remote area approached us and said that during the dry season the water wells in the village of 2300 people would go dry.  They consulted with a civil engineer who designed...

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New Opportunities in Ukraine

New Opportunities in Ukraine

We are beginning to expand our efforts in Ukraine.  Our first visit to Ukraine was in October of 2016 with the purpose of assessing the needs.  We made contact with someone in Ukraine who was willing to assist us in visiting places and finding those needing our...

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Success! Wheelchairs in Kosovo

Success! Wheelchairs in Kosovo

Our wheelchair project in Kosovo became a reality. This project was a joint effort with DirectConnect Humanitarian Aid (DCHA), ROC Wheels from Bozeman, Montana, and HandiKos in Kosovo. ROC Wheels is known in the industry for making the best wheelchairs for severely...

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The Reason Why

The Reason Why

I can't even remember her name. That is what bothers me the most. I don't know if anyone does. I took this photo in 1998 at an Eastern European orphanage when DirectConnect Humanitarian Aid was first established. She was dying before our eyes. The one thing I remember...

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Dr. Yuri Rogov

Dr. Yuri Rogov

Dr. Yuri Rogov from Belarus was able to come to the United States to participate in our professional development program. Dr. Rogov, a leading pathologist, has the responsibility of training all pathologists in Belarus. We have sponsored Dr. Rogov in the years past to...

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Wheelchairs for Kosovo

Wheelchairs for Kosovo

Recently DCHA was in Kosovo providing training for the prevention and treatment of pressure sores. We were there at the request of HandiKos, a non-profit organization in Kosovo, that provides support to paralyzed people. During our visit we were asked about the...

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Southeast Asia Medical Clinic

Southeast Asia Medical Clinic

Because of the generous support from our donors, we have been able to financially support the PEME clinic in Southeast Asia with medicines that will last for six months before we will need to reorder for another six months. We have been supporting this clinic since...

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Children’s shelter gets a boost!

Children’s shelter gets a boost!

During our recent trip to Belarus in October 2014, we were able to provide some support to meet urgent needs. The director of a children's shelter said that they were in need of basic cleaning supplies and clothing for the children, such as winter coats and boots for...

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DCHA Oregon Team Heads to Camp

DCHA Oregon Team Heads to Camp

The Eugene Team 2014 traveled from Eugene, Oregon, to Belarus in August to participate in the third annual Provincia Camp for Belarusian teens. The camp objective was to provide life skills training for at risk Belarusian teens in a summer camp setting.     The...

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Update on Pressure Sore Care

Update on Pressure Sore Care

DirectConnect was contacted by HandiKos, a non-profit organization in Kosovo, and asked to bring medical professionals to Kosovo to address the problem of pressure sores. This condition affects many people suffering from paralysis. DCHA responded by bringing two...

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Bridge Connects Community

Bridge Connects Community

We have just received these pictures and the final report on the construction of the new bridge in Can Tho, Vietnam.  This type of infrastructural improvements results in better quality of life for many people that will last for years to come. DCHA provided fifty...

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Sewing for Children

Sewing for Children

After being contacted by Linda Nichols last year, a partnership began to help her charity, Sewing for Children.  Linda is a member of the Charlotte Church of Christ in Michigan.  She sews dresses for little girls in very poor places. The work of her charity was going...

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New Foot Bridge Under Construction in Can Tho

New Foot Bridge Under Construction in Can Tho

During our visit to Vietnam in November 2013 we were asked if we could provide financial support to replace a foot bridge that was in poor condition. We agreed to this project and with the help of International Disaster Emergency Services (IDES) we were able to send...

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A Play Date With Orphans

A Play Date With Orphans

We made a stop at the home for Abandoned Babies in Borisov.  Currently there are approximately 114 babies from age 0-3 years old living in this orphanage.  We have provided assistance to them in the past in the way of clothes, shoes and underwear.  It is apparent that...

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Wheelchair Ramp for young woman

Wheelchair Ramp for young woman

During our visit to Kosovo in February 2014 we made some home visits to assess how some people with paralysis are coping at home. At one home which we visited we were introduced to a young lady named Nerxhivan Berisha who had fallen and suffered a severe back injury....

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Connecting Through Music

Connecting Through Music

Team member Alan Marshall from London, England has been a musician for many years and has used his music to assist us in our humanitarian efforts. Music seems to be a universal language that lifts peoples spirits and brings joy to all who hear it.  During our trip in...

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From Orphan to Mother

From Orphan to Mother

Alena Autuska, founder of Provincia, works with young persons training them in life skills and the dangers of falling victim to domestic violence and human trafficking.  One of the projects we are currently supporting helps young women who have been trafficked as sex...

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Kosovo Medical Mission Completed

Kosovo Medical Mission Completed

Mission accomplished! We had mentioned in previous newsletters that we were planning a medical mission to Kosovo. The purpose of the trip was to provide training in the prevention and treatment of pressure sores. The Team consisted of Steve Doty and Jamie Kita from...

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Provincia Camp Belarus

Provincia Camp Belarus

  We were in Belarus from August 8- 23rd with a team consisting of Steve Doty, Jamie Kita from Michigan and Bill Compton, Ryan Compton, Lauren Gilday and Debra Bean from Eugene Oregon. Two of our primary objectives of this trip were to attend a youth camp with a...

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Visit to Abandoned Babies Orphanage

Visit to Abandoned Babies Orphanage

  We visited the abandoned babies home in Borisov and spent some time with the children and talking with the staff. They shared with us some of the immediate needs that they had and we were able to provide immediate financial assistance while we were there. We...

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Medical Mission to Kosovo

Medical Mission to Kosovo

On one of our earlier trips to Kosovo, we met with Mr. Afrim Maliqi who is the Director of HandiKos, a non-profit organization providing assistance to paralyzed persons in Kosovo. He shared with us that they have a great need for wheelchairs in Kosovo and for medical...

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