I woke and went to breakfast in the hotel and met my team. Naomi (Occupational Therapy), Hemda (Physical therapy) and Pedro (pediatrician). We ate and were greeted by the Irina, Valerie and Nicolay with the van in the morning.
9am JDC (Joint Distribution Commision) where we were oriented to the Hesed mission and the funding allocations for Jewish sponsored programs in Ukraine. Welfare, homecare and medicine is distributed to the Jewish Community in Ukraine where Dr. Nelli is the leader of all medical programs.
The JDC distributes funds restituted by the German government (if you don't know why..ask a Jew), Swiss banks, German banks and various American Federations. Local contacts also sometimes fund programs for which all Ghetto survivors and "righteous gentiles" are all supported.
There is more!
There were 70 synagogues in all of Odessa, now there are two.
There are four organizations developed in Odessa for Jews of various involvement. Chabad, Litvaks, Migdal JCC and Hillel. There is also a Hesed (welfare) building that is as pristine and spacious as any JCC! Many of these programs have an office here.
Of course, there is more to this story that meets the eye...and we are finding out the underpinnings of these prgrams and how they are utilized as we go.
Reznick Diagnostic Center
-Established 13 years ago and expanded only four years ago, this diagnostic "hospital" is primarily used to diagnose difficult cases, define clinical tactics for follow-up at a local center.
The diagnostic hospital has only 20 inpatient beds and sees up to 300 children per day. There is a separate neonatal unit and a separate cardiac/gastroenterology unit at the Medical University.
The institution is state funded, and no client has to pay-though donations are encouraged.
They may be referred to a private institution if it is established that the family can afford payment to allow patients that cannot afford it be seen.