Emergency Relief for Ukrainian Refugees
Our brave Dream Doctors are in Chisinau, Moldova for the week to provide vital humanitarian relief to Ukrainian refugees.
Dream Doctors are providing vital trauma intervention and innovative therapeutic clowning techniques to children and adults who were forced to flee their homes following Russia’s invasion. The Dream Team is on a mission to reach the vast number of refugees flooding absorption centers in Chisinau, as well as thousands more who are still stuck at the Moldova-Ukraine border crossing area.
Dream Doctors are not only multi-talented artists, they are highly skilled members of medical teams in 34 hospitals across Israel and have extensive experience working in humanitarian relief missions to disaster zones around the world.
“This mission is not a first for Dream Doctors. It’s Israel. It’s part of our DNA to be wherever we are needed,” said Tsour Shriqui, CEO of Dream Doctors.
In Times of Crisis
Dream Doctors specialize in crisis intervention and treating people in trauma during times of emergency and disaster. Following successful collaboration with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on humanitarian relief missions around the world, the IDF decided to make Dream Doctors official members of reserve duty in 2015. Since then, Dream Doctors are called upon for reserve duty in IDF humanitarian relief missions. They are regarded as regular military soldiers for all intent and purposes and receive specialized training to help people and communities in times of crisis. .
Dream Doctors have travelled to disaster zones around the world including Nepal, Haiti, Uganda, Ethiopia and Chad, among others. Dream Doctors were also in Houston after Hurricane Irma, Pittsburgh after the 2018 synagogue shooting, and in the Bahamas following the major earthquake in 2019. In 2018, Israel’s Foreign Ministry sponsored a unique training opportunity for Dream Doctors to coach a team of Yazidis from Iraq- a group that was severely victimized by ISIS- in the art of medical clowning.
In 2020, Dream Doctors are on the front-lines of COVID-19 working hand-in-hand with medical teams in all aspects of the pandemic. Per hospital request, Dream Doctors were called upon to help coronavirus patients battling severe loneliness and alienation. They responded without hesitation and bravely stepped up to the challenge and are the only medical clowns in the world working inside corona wards.