NY/HELP Honduras -- February 2009 Trip
The 14 members of our mission trip to Honduras in February 2009 have returned.
There will be a report and more pictures soon.
In the words of David Makepeace, "The excitement surrounding NY/HELP these days
is palpable and this was also evident on the trip with everyone approaching
their jobs with commitment and emotion. We are clearly making great progress
in our goal of making the tribe self-sufficient in the three areas of our interest –
education, sustainable productivity, and medicine.
I will let the individual group members report on specifics, but, in general,
the trip was very productive. We set up the clinic in La Laguna with
Dr. Gutiérrez, Dr. Susan Schwartz, “pharmacist mate” Steve Schwartz and
medical student Jan Wong and, thanks to gynecological nurse practitioner Ilene Alt and
Dr. Liz Zausmer, were able to set up a women’s clinic in Mataderos as well. Dr. Gutiérrez
also set out on two occasions by mule to visit outlying villages
servicing patients who could not make it to either of our clinics.
Our work projects were many including new roofs, entire homes, stoves and latrines. Dick DeNise, myself, Dana Wilson, Allison Brown and Zack Krause spread our
efforts among five of the ten villages in the area with two separate overnight trips to El Paraiso and Agua Blanca respectively."