each country we use trusted local or international personnel to monitor delivery and
distribution of supplies. This prevents diversion of supplies from their intended
recipients. We have developed a wide network of donors who provide antibiotics,
medical equipment and supplies, medical texts, and childrens shoes, clothing and
toys. Thousands of children's' lives have been touched by these shipments.
Since 1991, Nobody's Children has shipped hundreds of thousands of pounds of medical
supplies, medicines, clothing, and orphanage equipment to Romania.
In 1998 we bought five members of the
Romanian child care hierarchy to New Hampshire to demonstrate local child care practices
and inspire them to cooperate with our efforts. They have become our enthusiastic
supporters, and with their help, our volunteer teams over the last several years have
refurbished the children's' quarters in orphanages in Brasov and Bucharest, replacing the
iron barred cribs with modern youth beds.
In the summer of 2000, our volunteer teams
used our shipments to establish the first kindergarten in the orphanage in Brasov,
as well as a special Infant Stimulation room.
We have purchased a home in Craiova,
Romania, and converted it into a group home for 10 to 20 orphans awaiting new homes
abroad. This home, called Casa Katarina, has a resident staff and social worker.
Some of these children return to their biological families when home
conditions improve, and some have come to new homes in New Hampshire.
Since 1993, over 10,00 pounds of aid has been shipped to the war zone in Bosnia, and
distributed in Sarajevo, East Mostar, and Capljina. This includes an ambulance and
complete hospital shipped in a US C5A transport to Tuzla.
Through 1999, our volunteers there solicited
and distributed caravans of supplies from the British Isles and Italy for our camps there.
For six years we ran support and youth
programs in the Tasovcici and Wagon refugee camps. Now the camps are either closed
or self-sufficient settlements.
During the Kosovo war, we supported a soup
kitchen for the Kosovo refugees who had fled to the Mostar area.
In 1996 we purchased a mobile dental clinic,
which is situated outside Mostar. We continue to fund the operation of this clinic,
which provides free dental care to hundreds of children each month.
Every summer since 1993 we have supported a
summer camp for refugee children, to allow them escape from the confines of their daily
Every Christmas we assist in the
distribution of Christmas packages to the refugee families of the Capljina area.
These gifts have been the annual project of the Arlinghaus family of Kentucky.
Since 2000 we have been operating a youth
program in the orphanage in Mostar, including classes in English and computer use.
In November 2000 we opened the Hasim Resic
Fitness Center in Mostar. This is a workout facility located in the orphanage but
open to the public for a small fee. This center will provide an outlet for the
unemployed youth of the area, as well as a source of income to help provide food for the
In November 2003, we
finished construction of a permanent dental clinic in affiliation with
the Mostar Health Department. Named the Nobody's Children
Arlinghaus Dental Clinic, in honor of the extended family in Kentucky
who were instrumental in facilitating this clinic, we now can offer
modern services free to those who cannot pay, and at a reduced rate for
those who can pay.
- Plans are now underway for
a center for orphans in Bucharest; fundraising is underway, details to
In 2005 in the wake of Hurricaine Katrina, we collected and shipped thousands of pounds of school supplies organized into individual backpacks to schoolchildren in Louisiana.