Summer intern, Josh Halford and I take a moto taxi today to meet with Dr. Jesse Rodriquez at the San Juan Laboratorio to discuss labs to help the patients until we have our own lab. Super accommodating and has heard of us, so willing to give a great discount.
Josh Halford worked in the clinic today, and then he built 6 sets of shelves for bodega, then Marcia Hines and I stained a lot of wood. Josh took over so Tim Hines and I could be sure they were supervised properly and checked for important updates on the phone. Then they climbed the walls to put up the ceiling. ( I was assigned the task of photography.) A great homemade dinner followed. Thanks Tim and Marcia.
Getting ready to put 2 dental chairs on back porch of clinic.
At the clinic we have begun to provide women's healthcare. We found a cytologist who only charging 50 lempira ($2.13) for each Pap smear. Most women here have never received care in their lifetime. We take it for granted that we women in America can prevent all things bad in this area.
Cisco shared pictures of the clinics we were able to do on our trip with me. We served over 1000 people (we lost count at that point) Roben-Marie Smith was invaluable as well as many Torchers and interpreters, Matt Robinson was our body guard one day to help with the crowd. What a blessing. Enjoy watching the team work.
Things are hopping at the clinic. Construction has begun to house interns, medical students, ARNP's , RN's, dentists and doctors.
A baby from Trinidad, Sabana, Grande..
Health young person?? Blood Pressure 210/108. We have the
Infant receiving badly needed asthma medicine.
A 61 year old man has to take a bus for over an hour to get to the clinic as he could not afford to pay to see anyone at a regular clinic. He had a dry cough and stomach pain for over 4 months with the greatest pain being on the right. He could have liver failure with ascites, a colon tumor, or a number of other things that are not to happy to think about.
This is well above the capabilities of the clinic. The Patient was transported to a hospital to receive a MRI and tests to discover diagnosis and hopefully a solution. In a country without proper solutions to difficult problems and little finances, it is basically often survival of the fittest.
We at the clinic hope to provide these families with transportation and support during these difficult times to help them to the next level of care. Oftentimes, health care travels through several levels. Symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and resolution. We plan to be as proactive in how we take care of people in need.
Through Giving Tuesday and the end of the year program is helping us raise awareness and funds to make this possible.
This is a mosquito bite in Honduras in a Diabetic we just met who does not have any Diabetes medication. At the clinic we can heal her wound healed and get his Diabetes under control. She gave us an orange in payment. We gave her medicine and prayers.
Our latest interns at the clinic learned more than taking care of patients. They learned that it take more than traditional medicine to cure disease and work with an illness. They learned that it takes emotional, physical, spiritual support and hope. They were not only able to support medical teams but fill wells with clean water built with our partnership with Torch Missions. They visited the sick in the hospital where the parent can not be with the child as they have 4 more kids at home and no spouse. At the childrens home they provided hope and love to the children. At our warehouse they put together starter kits for the women learning a trade to give them a start in their new profession. They helped hand out food with our partners at US Aid. They built a home for a family that did not have one with the help of the Acklen Ave. team and Torch Missions members with Microsoft sponsoring the home.
People need clean water, food, vitamins, shelter and hope to take care of their families. We want our young people to learn to see the big picture in health care/wellness. This can only be accomplished by learning to look at a person as a whole, looking at everything that touches their lives each day.
They battle for their next meal, a drink of water, work, shelter and caring for their children. We battle to get as many as we can well enough to get through the next day.
It is great to see corporations and people come together to make it happen. A priveledge to be able to be a part of these things on a continual basis. Changing lives, one at a time.
Welcome our new member of the staff, Maria Isabel (Izzy) who will be our nurse at the clinic. She assisted with a village clinic and was hired. We are all excited to have her!
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The Clinica de Esperanza in Honduras has been functioning for 10 years with 40,000 plus patients have been seen for free and given treatment and medication. I have been raising money in the states, providing my own funds when we are short and depending on Honduran employees to do as I ask and informing me of problems. We employ Hondurans as this also helps with the economics of the area so they can feed their own families.
Now that I live here; I see how I have failed in this. Just raising money is not what it is about. Making sure the funds for the program are providing the care expected is what is important. We have a caring staff that does their best with what they have. Third world countries live like this in every hour of every day as they often do not even know where the next meal is coming from. Yes, we need funds to exist but we would be more effective if funds were more specific. Truly, I mostly worried about medication and paying the salaries.
My failure was in only spending a month or two here every year. Every time I visit, I ask if everything is okay. Do they need anything? To my eyes the otoscopes and ophthalmoscopes and blood pressure cuffs appear fine hanging there on the wall. Not true in most cases. My list of things that are broken was over 50 as of todays’ date. It is alarming. This week alone I have tested every piece of equipment in the clinic, looked through every drawer. Attempted to fix what was broken but most is so outdated that no parts are even available for repair.
To administer a program, full time observation and direct involvement is necessary to see if equipment and project is working as planned. A full understanding of the differences in cultures is an absolute.
Global giving has been very helpful in raising funds but I rarely have internet available. So another failure. I do not find out about programs until it is to late or I am consumed with trying to help so many people that I do not find the time to work in the fundraising arena. To remedy this, I have put time for internet access on my calendar so I can visit once a month for this specific purpose in mind.
I am using my time to educate my staff on what is expected, teaching them how to repair problems, and how to communicate to me if they need help. In this culture it is not normal to complain about a situation so I gave them a sturdy speech that allows them to feel free to let me know what is needed so I can direct my fundraising towards the specific needs and better care for the patients.
We are preparing to launch a educational program in January for the community as they are not educated in prevention and specific ways to improve their health related to hypertension, Diabetes, infectious diseases and venereal diseases. The feeding program and importance of nutrition will also be discussed and information will continually be available in waiting room.
Currently we are meeting with local laboratories and medical supply companies to remedy these needs specifically. We are welcome to any other suggestions.
Serving Him with you,
Thank you everyone for your response at Sonquest 2016! The vitamin donations
She won the hearts of everyone she met. The staff and the patients. She worked hard and was willing to do anything that was required of her in this endeavor. This went beyond simple health care. It included helping children get a chance to go to school and the tools needed to accomplish the task.
Many more youth need help realizing their future, if you can help with this we would appreciate it. There is so much to be said for education and the future of our culture and our country. We can be the catalyst to change.
Thank you, if you have been supportive of this youth spark project in the past, we appreciate your vision to help young people improve their future.
August 15 was the anniversary of the 10th year of the
Your donations help us connect on a daily basis, we appreciate all you do to keep this project going. We are sure it is hard sitting on the other side of a computer to realize the good you are doing with even a small donation. We appreciate every penny given.
Other than providing jobs for local Hondurans, no one in our organization is paid for this work, we are all volunteers. The staff at the
Enjoy the photos of the celebration of life, of cultures coming together. People who have so much giving to people who have so little. Balancing the scales in some small way in the universe, and in a large way to so many individuals that have received care.
Have a blessed day where ever you are.
Introducing Gabby, a Molecular and Cellular Biology Major who plans on attending medical school next year. She is not new to the mission field and has spent several years working with short-term mission groups doing medical care. She has the heart for the care of the poor and is a perfect candidate to further our cause.
"Educate the Youth for Future" is all about helping young people find their passion for their future work. To learn how to make the world a better place to live. These interns know the value of sacrifice and putting others before themselves. This is a concept that many people do not understand after a lifetime of chasing dreams.
We plan to provide these young people with goals and objectives for the future. This will enable them to make wise choices and decisions that will shape not only their own lives but the lives of the people they touch.
Thank you for helping educate our youth for the Future.
This is the most difficult thing I've ever had to write. So, after many attempts, Im just going to let you use your imagination on the Ebola thing. It is more than most can bear to hear about. While working in Africa in Ebola containment areas from October 21-December 13, I knew going in that there was no one I had hopes of saving, medically speaking. Could not throw a antibiotic at it and there was not a cure. We knew this going in. My purpose in going was simple. Being there to comfort the dying (in English!) and hope for a opportunity to share my faith and in doing so, saving them in another more important way. So with out saying anything else about it, I will just share the names of the people who confessed Jesus as their Savior before they died. The rest is up to God.
Please lift every name up to Him.
CHIBUEZE-means "God is beautiful"
CHIJINDUM-means "God hold my life"
CHIBUKE-means "God is strength_
NKECHINYERE-means "gift of God"
OCHENEKEKEVWE-means "God provided for me"