We are in the final countdown to our Guatemala medical team visit. Because we hadn’t yet received our charitable status, we partnered with Loving Arms, a Canadian charity which operates out of their Centre of Hope in Parramos, Guatemala. EMI will be sending a medical team to Itzapa — a city of 32,000 people — in November.
Rebecca McAlpine, EMI’s Medical Projects Director, has been working tirelessly to put this team together and will be providing leadership in Guatemala. I had no idea how much it takes to organize one of these trips. We are so grateful for all of her hard work. The team of 13 people includes 3 doctors and 5 nurses.
We will be working at the Loving Arms Centre of Hope and in nearby villages providing needed medical care and health education. The team will be leaving on November 5th and returning on November 13th. Please pray for the safety and success of this team of amazing volunteers.
Last year, a team of people from EMI visited Haiti to check out a medical clinic in Croix-des-Bouquets, owned by a local NGO. Due to some financial hardship, the medical clinic has been sitting idle for 3+ years. This NGO was actively searching for partnership in reopening the clinic and returning to serving the needs of the local people. I seemed like the perfect fit for a home base for our teams to run clinics in the country.
What we found there was several examination rooms, a pharmacy, an operating room, a dental room and a laboratory. The clinic has electrical power supplied by the city, with a back-up generator. Water is supplied from a well. We also found several vehicles in various states of disrepair which could be used to transport teams.
The clinic is located in a suburb of the capital Port-au-Prince called Croix-des-Bouquets, and has no other medical services in the area. Unfortunately, time has not been kind to the clinic and it needs significant cleaning and maintenance. We are currently recruiting for a team to go in late November 2016 to begin this work.