Foundation

How it started?

The Aid for Orphans Relief Foundation (AORF) was established by Dr. Margaret Chustecki, an internal medicine physician, who noticed that orphans in her native Poland were not getting adequate care. They lacked specific medications and the supervision of medical specialists. The children suffered from a variety of chronic illnesses, and the orphanages could not afford the care the children needed.

In order to provide for these children, Dr. Chustecki decided to establish a foundation that would be able to help the orphans, not only in Poland, but also in other parts of the world. AORF was founded in 2010; it is 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps children and the facilities that look after them, by supplying the children with proper nutrition, medical and wellness services and treatments that would otherwise not be available.

The foundation cooperates with pharmaceutical companies to supply children with the medicines they need. It also provides children with malnutrition with therapeutic food supplements. In addition, AORF not only provides orphans with basic preventive care, but it is also involved in the long-term treatment and management of serious chronic illnesses.

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Our actions

There are many disadvantaged regions in the world. AORF aims to improve the living conditions of children in these regions by providing them with food and basic medical care. In Ghana, one out of every five children dies before their fifth birthday. In Kenya, over ten million people suffer from basic lack of food and water.

Every day we are exposed to heart breaking information about starving children, natural disasters and illnesses that cannot be treated because of the lack of money. AORF hopes to reach at least some of the children who so desperately need help. We believe that, with the cooperation of our donors and collaborators, we will be able to do great things for at risk children.

Currently, the activities of our foundation cover the following regions: Cameroon in Western Africa, Uganda and Kenya in Eastern Africa, the Philippines in Eastern Asia, Ukraine and Poland in Eastern Europe, and the Appalachian region of Kentucky and the state of Connecticut in North America (USA).

AORF has developed various methods that aim to improve the lives of orphans and children at risk in the above-mentioned eight regions. These methods are showcased in the following six programs: Food and Safe Water, Lifesaving Vaccinations, Acute and Chronic Illness Management, Hygiene and Wellness Supplies, Preventive Care, Emergency Relief.

We are also organizing events which aim at educating people and fundraising. Organizing is a tough work but it is at the same time very rewarding

Each of our actions are supported by a team of volunteers. Check out their short bios: Mark Trevor, Eric Patterson, Patricia McNeel.

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Our programms

Food and Safe Water was created to prevent and treat childhood malnutrition. The foundation helps to provide children with the proper nutrition that is essential for good health..

As a means of disease prevention we developed the Lifesaving Vaccinations program that helps immunize children against dangerous diseases including polio, measles, mumps, rubella, influenza, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and many more.

The Acute and Chronic Illness Management program is dedicated to all children who require in-depth medical treatment. AORF is able to help children with serious health and developmental problems.

Many children don’t have basic access to hygiene supplies. Our Hygiene and Wellness Supplies program provides children with products such as toiletries, diapers, over-the-counter children’s medications and oral-health items.

We all know that prevention is easier than curing disease, thus our Preventive Care program is dedicated to diagnosing and assessing chronic and acute medical conditions by means of screenings. Under this program, AORF provides sick children with medications and healthcare products that are necessary for their treatment.

Last but not least, there is the Emergency Relief program that is dedicated to children who have experienced natural disasters. The foundation provides them with nutrition, safe water and essential medical supplies.

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What can you do?

Your help is extremely valuable to us and to all of the children who are awaiting assistance. We hope that many of you will decide to support our programs through one of the following avenues: Tax-deductible donation, Donation in-kind, Donate Your Miles, Foreign Currency, Corporate Donations, Planned Giving and Credit Card Donations. You can also donate your time in a form of volunteering.

You can save children’s lives in this instant by making a secure tax-deductible donation to the Aid for Orphans Relief Foundation. You can make a one-time donation of any amount that will be used to provide children with nutrition, clean water, vaccinations, illness management, hygiene supplies, preventive care and emergency relief.

You can also support us by donating a variety of products that you can bring directly to our site or send by post. This a donation in-kind. If you have unexpired baby’s formula, children’s food, over the counter children’s medications, or hygiene and wellness supplies such as toiletries, diapers, and oral-health products for children, we encourage you to donate these items to us.

If you are a Frequent Flyer member, you can make good use of your unused frequent flyer miles by donating them to AORF. Another way to support the foundation is to donate foreign currency. Many of us have foreign coins and notes that are of no use. Consider sending them to AORF and become a part of the lifesaving programs devoted to orphans and children at risk.

A donation can also be made by corporate partners who wish to join our efforts to care for vulnerable children. It is called  a corporate donation. Our current sponsors are very generous and we are grateful for their help. We are supported by, inetr alia, McKESSON, AstraZeneca.

There is also the possibility of planned giving. You can leave behind a legacy of caring that will save countless children from unnecessary death. With only $1 pe day you can also help our foundation. Thanks to your donation we will be able to gather supplies for children in need.

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Where is your help needed?

Cameroon in Western Africa is struggling with a dense population of people living in rural areas without access to clean water or consistent medical care. These poor conditions are the cause of poor prenatal health and early mortality for children. Diseases such as malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, prematurity, and HIV/AIDS are taking the lives of many children who are 5 years old or younger.

Uganda, in Eastern Africa, still fights with the consequences of the HIV/AIDS epidemic that occurred in the early 1990s. Despite the great efforts to overcome it, many of the children are being born with the AIDS virus. The mortality rate of children under 5 years old is similar to that of Cameroon. The children need clean water, proper healthcare and specific medications.

Another disadvantaged region in Eastern Africa is Kenya. The main problem, there, is the severe food crisis caused by enormous droughts in the Horn of Africa. Hundreds of thousands of children are dying because of malnutrition. Moreover, they are at high risk of disease outbreaks including measles, acute watery diarrhea and pneumonia. Our foundation supports these children by sending basic medicines, medical supplies, nutritional supplements, and vitamins.

In Eastern Asia, the Philippines are struggling with the remnants of Typhoon Haiyan (November, 2013). Six thousand people have died and six hundred thousand have been displaced. Due to difficult access to healthcare facilities and poor sanitary conditions many people suffer from respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, cardiac disease and dermatologic problems.

In Ukraine, the main problem is lack of money in the state budget that has a direct influence on the condition of stability, accessibility and the quality of medical care, especially for children. State funding is not enough to maintain hospitals and obtain new equipment. Many children are being born without the attendance of skilled healthcare professionals. They lack vitamins and minerals; many of them are anemic and they often have low birth weight.

We also support individual children with chronic diseases who live in orphanages and have no access to neceassary medical care. Among them there are Julka and Miecio, Kacperek.