#3/31 Days of Giving – M.O.R.E. (Medhen Orphan Relief Effort) – Musings of an NYC Dermatologist

M.O.R.E. (Medhen Orphan Relief Effort) is a New Jersey-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing home-based/community based, as opposed to institutional, care to orphans in a community in Ethiopia.

I first heard about M.O.R.E from a colleague, Dr. Asqual Getaneh, a renowned, Ethiopia-born internist and international health expert, who is on the board. M.O.R.E. comes up with creative solutions such as placing a child orphaned secondary to AIDS, with families that are stigmatized because a member has leprosy. Although there is no medical reason to quarantine leprosy patients, people who live in these families suffer social isolation and difficulty with employment. The family receives support for taking in the child—who gets to be part of a community. What a lovely win-win solution. Dr. Getaneh’s description of visiting children whom she had first seen in orphanages, cared for, but dressed uniformly in gray clothes just happy to have a place to stay, to later seeing them running around playing in colorful clothes with there hair braided said it all.

Because it takes a village to raise a child, today Aglow Dermatology expresses gratitude to M.O.R.E.. Join us!


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