In addition to providing a free format for the exchange of useful information regarding medical education, one of ValueMD's main purposes for creating this website was to help provide support to various charitable organizations. Please read below to find out about ValueMD's involvement with a number of charities over the past couple of years and our continued philanthropy projects.
The main charity which ValueMD is dedicated to supporting involves providing support for needy children from various 3rd world countries around the globe. Through our monthly donations to Children International, we're able to provide benefits such as medical and dental healthcare, clothing, emergency food as needed -- essentials these poor children desperately need. In addition, we're helping provide these children with the educational assistance they may need, giving them opportunities they wouldn't have otherwise, to help them build better lives for themselves.
ValueMD makes this possible by allocating a portion of the proceeds collected from the various sponsors on the website directly to Children International for the purpose of sponsoring these children.
ValueMD has sponsored five children from all around the world so far (scroll down), and we hope to continue this rewarding effort for years to come.
Together we can make a difference!
Aside from offering excellent discounts on medical books and medical supplies, as well as convenient shipping options directly to various foreign medical schools, University Books Online was specifically selected to organize our Bookstore because of their shared commitment to charity. Part of every purchase will be donated to a charitable organization, including the American Heart Association, UN World Food Programme, American Red Cross, and American Cancer Society.
On January 12, a series of earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 6.5 to 7.3 devastated Haiti. As part of our ongoing charitable works, ValueMD matched donations made by our users, dollar for dollar, via the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross is working with its partners in the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network, including the Haitian Red Cross, and other partners to assist those affected by this disaster.
Your gift to the American Red Cross will support emergency relief and recovery efforts to help those people affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Assistance provided by the American Red Cross may include deploying personnel, sending relief supplies, and providing financial resources.Ways to donate via the Red Cross:
Financial contributions to the American Red Cross are tax-deductible.
For discussions on the relief effort, please click here
Victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita are attempting to recover from the massive storms. American Red Cross volunteers have been deployed to the hardest hit areas of Rita's and Katrina’s destruction, supplying hundreds of thousands victims left homeless with critical necessities.
ValueMD pledged to match the donations given by users up to $200 in
an effort to alleviate some of the suffering incurred by this terrible
disaster. Together, ValueMD and its users were able to come together to make a difference for the thousands of people who are suffering from the aftermath of these horrific natural disasters.
With the tsunami disaster that devastated Southeast Asia, ValueMD felt compelled to do what we could for the victims of this tragedy. Therefore, ValueMD pledged to match, dollar for dollar, any donations made by the ValueMD community through January 1, 2004. This means that anyone who gave any money to this effort by this date doubled the amount given because we donated an equal amount in their names.
With such an overwhelming response from some generous users, we nearly doubled our goal in only 3 days. However, since ValueMD was committed to the cause, we decided to match each and every donation anyway, despite having gone way over budget. A special thanks to all those who have donated so far, but especially to the top 3 users who made very generous donations in amounts of $300, $100 and $100.
We're very excited to announce the sponsorship of our 7th child. In honor of teratos' accomplishment of reaching the incredible 10,000 post milestone, ValueMD has decided to sponsor its 7th child, Frank Siandime, as of August 2007.
Frank became 6 years old on May 2, 2007 and lives in Zambia. Frank has black hair and brown eyes, is 3'3" tall, and weighs 31 lbs. He enjoys playing with friends. His chores at home includes running errands, his talents include dancing, his favorite school subjects are Art and Mathematics, and his spoken language is Tonga.
Frank's father, Frank Sr., is 31 years old and listed as looking for work in another city. His mother, Kelline, is 27 year old and unaccounted for. Frank also has one sister named Sylvia, who is 8 years old. They both live with relatives on a salary of only $62 per month.
The family lives in a concrete block home with concrete floors consisting of a living room and one bedroom. The sleep on the floor with mats. There is no electricity in their home, they use community faucets for their water source, and a latrine for their sanitary facility.
We're very excited to announce the sponsorship of our 6th child. In honor of stateofequilibrium's accomplishment of reaching the incredible 10,000 post milestone, ValueMD has decided to sponsor its 6th child, Carlos A. Velasquez Ferrera, as of May 2007.
Carlos became 9 years old on June 22, 2007 and lives in one of the poorest areas of Honduras. Carlos has brown hair and eyes, is 3'8" tall, and weighs 45 lbs. He enjoys playing soccer and playing with toys and cars. His chores at home includes sweeping, his talents include dancing, his favorite school subject is Art, and his spoken language is Spanish.
Carlos' father, Carlos Ernesto, is 45 years old and has an occupation of "Daily worker", which earns $158 per month to provide for his family. His mother, Maria Luisa, is a 31 year old "Homemaker". Carlos also has two sisters. His older sister is named Keily Yadira and is 11 years old, while his young sister is named Cecilia Sarai and is 3 years old.
The family lives in a concrete block home with concrete floors consisting of one multi-use room with an electric burner and folding beds. They have running water and electricity in their home, and a latrine for their sanitary facility.
We're very excited to announce the sponsorship of our 5th child overall, and the 2nd one this week! In honor of Stephew's accomplishment of being the first member to reach the unbelievable 10,000 post milestone (several months ago), ValueMD has decided to sponsor its 5th child, Firdaus Yasmin, as of March 30, 2007 .... only two days after sponsoring its 4th child, Sophia!
Firdaus became 12 years old on January 23, 2008 and lives in India. She enjoys drawing and running, and her spoken language is Hindi.
Firdaus' father is deceased and she now lives with her 37 year old mother, Nasreen, and three siblings. Her siblings include her 15 year old brother, Sabbir; 13 year old sister, Nasima; and 8 year old brother, Sarwar.
Firdaus' mother works as an office worker earning $57 per month to support her family of five. The family lives in a brick home with concrete floors consisting of one multi-use room with a coal stove and beds. Their water source and sanitary facilities include community faucets and a commnity latrine.
In honor of jaywalk81's accomplishment of reaching the 10,000 post milestone, ValueMD has decided to sponsor its 4th child, Sophia Mae L. Evite, as of March 28, 2007. Sophia turned 11 years old on February 5, 2008 and lives in the Philippines. Her listed talents include singing and dancing. Sophia's favorite pastimes include playing indoor games, playing with dolls, and playing with friends and her spoken language is Filipino.
Sophia's relatives earn $92 per month. They are currently taking care of Sophia because her father, Erick, abandoned the family, and her mother, Leonila, is listed as "separated".
Sophia lives in a concrete block home consisting of one multi-use room with a kerosene stove, wooden beds, and a latrine.
Meet our newest sponsored child, and the first resulting from our matching program, Abraham Hangandu. Abraham turned 6 years old on September 7, 2007 and lives in one of the poorest areas of Zambia. His favorite pastimes includes playing with friends and his spoken language is Nyanja.
Abraham's father, Zoom, is deceased. He lives with his mother, Tandiwe, who is 45 years old and works as a street vendor earning a mere $20 per month to support her family of five. He also has 3 brothers, George (12), Alex (10), and Bright (6). The five of them live in a modest two bedroom home with a coal stove and 3 beds, so Abraham sleeps on the floor with a mat. They use community faucets as their water source and a latrine as their sanitary facility.
We began sponsoring Abraham on February 5, 2006. Our support helps provide this young boy with much needed basic necessities.
We're very proud to announce that, as of July 2004, ValueMD has officially
sponsored a second child from Children International,
thus continuing ValueMD's goal of, "raising funds to help support
an underprivileged child from a third world country with the hopes of
relieving the child's hunger and poverty."
A little bit about Luz:
Her full name is Luz Enith Ramos De La Cruz and she lives in Colombia. Luz is in much need of assistance because she is living in a very poor area of Colombia where her and her family struggle to survive on a monthly income of only $132. She is the newest member of her family and will celebrated her 6th birthday on September 22, 2007. Her mother, Enith, has abandoned Luz, so she lives with her 35 year old father, Pedro, who is a bricklayer, and her two brothers, Pedro Luiz, 14, and Ivan, 11.
She is 3 years old with brown hair and eyes. Her favorite school subject is Art, her favorite pastimes are playing with dolls, her talents and hobbies include dancing and singing, and her spoken language is Spanish.
Her home is made of wood and has dirt floors. Her family's water source is delivered by truck and stored in a barrel. The sanitary facility consists of an open field.
ValueMD has sponsored the first child from Children International,
thus beginning to realize ValueMD's goal of, "raising funds to
help support an underprivileged child from a third world country with
the hopes of relieving the child's hunger and poverty."
A little bit about Yanibel:
Her name is Yanibel and she lives in Santiago, Dominican Republic, located in the Caribbean. She is malnourished because her parents only make $89 a month--not enough to feed 4 mouths. She lives with her father, mother and little 5 year old brother, Wilfri.
Yanibel celebrated her 13th Birthday on July 15, 2007. Her favorite school subjects are Art and Mathematics. Her favorite pastimes are playing with dolls and toys. She speaks Spanish.