Helena woman to return to Ukraine, will also aid Syrian refugees (RR copy)

Phil Drake

A Helena woman will return overseas next week for missions that involve the people of Ukraine and Syrian refugees.

Valerie Hellermann, executive director of Hands On Global, will leave Sept. 4 and be gone for five weeks.

Valerie Hellermann visits with a wounded man in a hospital. Hellermann was delivering medical supplies to Ukraine.

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Hellerman said she will meet up with the team of her nonprofit group and attend a conference in the United Kingdom with international partners to discuss the current situation in Ukraine.

From there she will go into Ukraine and drop off orthopedic supplies to doctors in Lviv and then go to Turkey to work with Syrian refugees at Hatay, Turkey, on the Turkey/Syrian border. She plans to drop off supplies that will be used by Syrians in 13 refugee camps.

She said there are plans to have a mobile OB-GYN and a pediatric clinic.

“There’s apparently a lot of sick kids,” she said.

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