Featured Supporters

Everything we do is made possible by the generosity of our donors. More than 90% of the RVF’s funding comes via word of mouth from friends, co-workers, and family members. Many supporters choose to dedicate their donation in memory of a loved one, or in honor of birthdays, anniversary parties, or graduations. Here we highlight some of our generous and dedicated supporters who make it possible for us to continue doing the work we do, year after year!

Donor Spotlight:  Dr. Krekamey Craig

Several years ago, I was introduced to the Rosa Vera Fund (RVF) by a board member. As a fellow pediatrician (I run a small pediatric practice in Denville, NJ) I have always been passionate about caring for children from all socioeconomic backgrounds. I spent over ten years working part-time at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center caring for children in foster care, so I understand the suffering of children who don’t have the resources they need. I was so impressed with the work of the RVF that I decided to accompany Drs. Jon and Darlene Melk and other volunteers to Montero this past December, along with my teenage daughter, Jordan. During our trip, I was amazed at the level of dedication, love, and support of all the staff and families involved in caring for and maximizing the potential of the RVF patients. Jordan, who is interested in a career in public health, was so inspired she wants to continue the work of the RVF when she is older. Personally, I feel it is critical that the RVF be able to continue caring for its vulnerable patients, so I make a donation on behalf of my pediatric practice every year.

Dr. Julie Myers

I’ve known Jon for well over 15 years, since we were study partners back in medical school, and have supported RVF since the very beginning. I believe deeply in absolutely everything that Jon does. He is an extremely committed and dynamic physician and leader. I can’t think of someone I’d rather trust with my charitable contributions! And I know how hard he and the rest of the team works to ensure RVF’s success. As a fellow physician who now works in public health, RVF’s model (of providing funding to local experts and partners and of supporting community health workers/scholars in addition to providing care to needy children) is one I hold in the highest regard, and one that other philanthropists should look to emulate. Over the years, I have made regular contributions and hosted a fundraising evening; my parents hosted one, too. But more recently, I set up an automatic monthly donation to ensure that I never allow too much time to elapse between contributions. I want the dedicated RVF team to be able to count on me!

Katie Coppenbarger

We support the RVF because of the long-term support it provides to the people and individuals of Bolivia. Dr. Jon began this work because he cares about others, and watching him tell stories of the individuals and the community of Bolivia which the RVF has been able to help is incredible. Jon speaks with joy about what they have done, he talks about what they accomplish, he talks about how they have touched his life, he talks about what our donations have made possible, he never seems to talk about what he has done because he truly does this work for others.  I have known Jon since I was a preschooler and I am honored to call him a friend and support the mission of the RVF.

Doris Casap and Tripp Warren

Tripp and I believe strongly in the rights of all children to access healthcare. We were impressed with the RVF’s work with providing both medical care and education to kids with special-healthcare needs. As a Bolivian, I’m thrilled to find an organization that works with Bolivian children and their families. As a businesswoman, I admire the RVF’s commitment to use 100% of each donation towards its work, and am impressed with its strategy to be as sustainable as possible. And as a mom, I’m just happy to be able to know that my donation will go directly to a family trying to move away from dire poverty and provide a more humane life for their child.

Skip and Jackie Redpath

Jackie and I donate to the Rosa Vera Fund for a number of reasons. First of all, our very good friend Dr. Lisa Hunt, who gives and gives for this honorable cause, not just her time, but also paying her own way to Bolivia to help the poor, needy children. Second, and probably most important to us, the funding goes to where it is really needed… the Children. We are so very impressed that the Administrative costs are just about ZERO, and the money goes to the actual health care and living needs of the Children. Jackie and I are very proud to know all of you who give of your valuable time and money to travel to Bolivia and Give, Give, Give. We totally enjoy the “gathering” each year at Lisa’s house to see the progress you all have made in the lives of the Children. People do not have to give a lot…every dollar helps. Thank you for all you do!

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