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Joel Schlessinger MD donates to support Holt International

Joel Schlessinger MD recently donated a gift certificate for a free SilkPeel treatment to benefit Holt International Children’s Services, a non-profit adoption organization that works to find loving homes for children regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender. Holt International has helped children in countries such as Cambodia, Ethiopia, China, Haiti, India, Nepal, Mongolia, South Korea, the Philippines, Uganda, Vietnam and Thailand.

The donation made by Joel Schlessinger MD will be placed in an auction to support international adoption.

This SilkPeel treatment donated by Joel Schlessinger MD will be auctioned off at the Holt International Annual Gala Dinner and Auction. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 20, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in La Vista. All proceeds will go toward fulfilling the organization’s mission to “give all children the love they need and deserve.”

For more than 55 years, Holt International has been dedicated to finding permanent, loving homes for orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children. The organization also heads several humanitarian projects around the world where families are struggling to survive due to extreme poverty and natural disasters. Established in the 1980s, the Holt International Omaha branch has found loving homes for thousands of children since its inception.

Visit the Holt International website for more information about this organization.

Joel Schlessinger MD is a strong supporter of local organizations who are devoted to changing lives.

Joel Schlessinger continues to support local organizations dedicated to improving the lives of others, especially children. Some of his past donations include:

Have you adopted a child through Holt International or another non-profit organization? Share your story with us in the comments.

Joel Schlessinger's daughter continues work with organization in Rwanda

Claire Schlessinger, daughter of Joel Schlessinger, follows her dream of helping those in need.

While Joel Schlessinger and his family continue to lend their support for local organizations within Nebraska, they also believe in taking their skills and knowledge to individuals in need all over the world. Currently, Joel Schlessinger’s daughter Claire is in Rwanda working with the peace-building organization Never Again Rwanda (NAR) to inspire youth to work towards change in the region.

Joel Schlessinger and his family support NAR which empowers the youth to help create lasting and sustainable peace.

NAR was founded in response to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda during which hundreds of thousands of individuals lost their lives. Conflicts between the Tutsi and Hutu, two ethnic groups of the region, left the country of Rwanda with a decreased population as well as lingering social and economic problems.

The organization recognizes the power the youth has to rebuild Rwanda and strengthen relationships. NAR is a non-profit organization that uses programs to encourage the young people of Rwanda to become involved in their communities and continuously strive for economic and social development.

Claire, a senior in college, works with NAR to study the causes and reasons behind the conflict as well as how to prevent these events from recurring. The group also studies the issues of human rights, democracy, justice, socio-economic development and peace-building efforts within the area.

Both Joel Schlessinger and his daughter have traveled abroad to help victims of disasters.

Joel Schlessinger, who has traveled to Haiti, understands the importance of dedicating time and effort to those affected by disasters and conflict. “I am so proud of her for following her passion to help others.”

While in Haiti, Joel Schlessinger used his medical training to help individuals who were affected by the 2010 earthquake. Read about his experience in his blog.

Find out more about NAR and its programs by visiting www.NeverAgainRwanda.org.

Joel Schlessinger touches lives in communities around the world, including in Haiti.

The doctor and his family have been on two mission trips to Haiti after the devastating earthquake, helping out through his medical expertise and the entire family’s passion for assisting others.

The doctor and his family provided Haitian teens with an item we take for granted: shoes.

When the Schlessingers toured the Citadel, 13-year-old Jimmy tagged along as an unofficial Haitian guide. Jimmy spoke English very well and, at the end of the tour, he asked if they had any shoes. Jimmy was wearing old sandals and his friend was barefooted.

Fortunately, the doctor had thought ahead and actually purchased sneakers in case anyone needed them. If Jimmy would stop by the hospital, the Schlessingers would give him the new shoes.

Joel Schlessinger went into the hospital to assist with an ill nun, who’d had a small stroke or was suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.

While he made sure the nun was transported to the intensive care unit, Nancy, his wife, handed out all of the extra clothing they had to people who needed them.

Jimmy hadn’t shown up yet to pick up his shoes but, as the Schlessinger family was leaving the hospital, he walked up to them. He’d been in an accident and had injured his wrist and shoulder. The doctor treated him with antibiotic cream and bandages, while Nancy gifted him with new shoes. Their son, Daniel, gave Jimmy his own pair of shoes to give to Jimmy’s friend – who had no shoes at all.