You can make a difference…

ReachAnother organizes international teams of medical and educational professionals who travel to the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, as well as to rural regions of Ethiopia. The teams travel annually to Ethiopia with the goal of teaching and helping improve healthcare and special education management processes, and provide free patient care.

Volunteers give from two to six weeks to teach and lecture, and provide lifesaving hands-on care. They are general surgeons, physical therapists, nurses, doctors, wound care specialists, and other medical and educational professionals.

The idea that “you can make a difference in the world” has never been more meaningful than when you volunteer with ReachAnother Foundation. Your humanitarian efforts, however grand or small, will reverberate through an Ethiopian community, and you will change a life forever.

Ways to Help

Reachanother’s work would not be possible without our volunteers

Travel with us to Ethiopia
Volunteer and accompany Dr. Koning on his visits to Ethiopia. Specialists needed include physicians, nurses, aides, physical, therapists, among many others.

Become an Organizational Volunteer
Volunteers support ReachAnother in administration, marketing, web and graphic design, photography/videography, data management, grant proposal writing, newsletter editor and at our fund-raising events and annual gala.

Get in touch

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“Volunteer with ReachAnother Foundation and let goodness fill the nooks and crannies of your soul. Volunteering brings health and happiness to countless people, and raises the spirit of all involved. While doing my little part, I feel that I receive much more than I can ever give. There is nothing better.”
Marinus Koning, MD FACS

Founder + President

What are spina bifida and hydrocephalus?

Spina bifida and hydrocephalus are neural tube defects (NTDs), which are birth defects that affect a baby’s spine, spinal cord, or brain.

Normally, a fetus’ neural tube develops into their brain, spinal cord, and spinal column, but if a mother does not have sufficient folic acid in her diet during pregnancy the neural tube does not fully form or close completely.

Spina bifida, “open back,” occurs when the spine has failed to close properly during the first month of pregnancy. Surgery is needed to close the defect immediately after birth to prevent infection and preserve the existing function in the spinal nerves. Approximately 90% of babies born with spina bifida are also impacted by hydrocephalus, “water on the brain.”

Babies born with hydrocephalus suffer a fluid build up in their brain, which causes an enlarged head and, if untreated, will cause brain damage and death. Treatment of hydrocephalus consists of implanting a shunt to drain the excess fluid. When treated in a timely fashion, the overwhelming majority of these babies can go on to lead healthy lives.

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“It was incredible to be able to volunteer in the hospital as a medical student and watch as the life of a child with hydrocephalus was forever changed. But it also gave me the chance to realize that giving a life to one child also means helping that child's mother, father, family and loved ones. It provides the community with hope to know that someone cares and is willing to help.”

Lacey Menkin MD

Orlando, Florida Medical Student

We are committed to

Expanding pediatric neurosurgery capacity to save more lives

Expanding pediatric neurosurgery capacity to save more lives

Expanding pediatric neurosurgery capacity to save more lives

John Moseley, PHD

Board Member

John received his BS, MS and PhD degrees in Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology, and has received multiple awards for his research there, at SRI, and at UO. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the AAAs, is listed in Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology, in America, and in the World. He has participated at the National and International level in numerous scientific and educational committees and activities. At the local level, he has participated in a number of research, economic development, and arts related initiatives.

Dr. Moseley retired in 2006. He and his wife, Susan, live in Eugene, OR.
John has participated in visits to Ethiopia as a volunteer member of the ReachAnother Foundation team 2015 and 2017.

"My wife Susan and I first became interested in the work in Ethiopia through our friendship with Dick and Patricia. After attending a fund-raising dinner in Bend in 2012, my wife we hosted one in Eugene, and became increasingly involved, so when I was asked to join the Board in 2014 I was more than happy to do so. Participating with the team in Ethiopia in 2015 helped me to realize the effectiveness and potential of this effort, and I have appreciated the opportunity to help ever since."

We’re in it for the babies. For the families.
For Ethiopia. For the world.
We are dedicated to this work, our human family and to one another.
We are united to transform.
We are a catalyst for change.