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The Real Medicine Foundation provides humanitarian support to people living in disaster, post-war, and poverty stricken areas. We believe that "real" medicine is focused on the person as a whole by providing physical, emotional, economic, and social support. By using a personal approach, Real Medicine forms partnerships with individuals and existing organizations throughout the world, allowing us to create effective models and sustainable solutions that can be applied globally. What started out as a promise to a small village in a devastated area on the Indian Ocean is growing quickly into an international network of "Friends helping Friends" around the world.
The Real Medicine Foundation is a humanitarian organization with a creative approach. Rather than go in with preconceived answers, we approach each situation by asking, "How can we help?" In this way, we can respond effectively and appropriately with customized services designed to best meet the immediate and long-term needs of the specific individuals and communities we serve. Our global network of "Friends Helping Friends" enables us to directly connect with those in need, carefully access how to make the greatest impact, and cooperatively deliver the highest-quality support. Whether we are providing physical, emotional, social, or economic support, our goal is to empower with real solutions that heal, give hope, and rebuild lives, both now and in the future.
The Real Medicine Foundation was founded in May 2005 inspired by lessons we learned after working for months in the tsunami relief efforts in Sri Lanka. We established a children's clinic in an area devastated by the tsunami. The clinic remains open, fully functional and very effective in healing the physically and emotionally displaced children of the region. While in Sri Lanka, we realized that most organizations going into crisis areas to provide aid for immediate needs tend to ignore that people's lives remain shattered long after physical trauma is no longer an issue. The Real Medicine Foundation was created to provide longer term, sustained support in disaster, war-torn and poverty ravaged areas in addition to immediate physical aid. This long-term support addresses physical, emotional, economic and social needs, helping heal the 'whole person' and the 'whole community'.
- Martina C. Fuchs
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