Saving LIves - Equipping the Santa Elana Clinic
Organized by: Bruce Brandle
We're off .....
March 30, 2016
Father Nick's OCIMA program has constructed a rudimentary clinic to handle the basic medical needs of the children at the Santa Elana orphanage and day care facilities, as well as all the other residents living around Santa Elana. The clinic currently handles more than 50 people a day, and includes services for gynecology, pediatrics, dentristry and general practitioners.
However, for the clinic to be truly effective in serving the community, a surgical operating unit with attending medical equipment must be constructed at the clinic. Without such facilities and equipment, residents requiring surgery must travel more than 130 miles on difficult-to-navigate back roads to reach medical care at Huehuetenango. Many residents cannot make this arduous journey and, as a result, must endure a life deprived of the medical attention they need to sustain their quality of life - or their lives themselves.
OCIMA has already obtained the commitment of surgeons and specialists in the region that they will staff the Santa Elana surgical unit once it is established. Upon detailed research, we have calculated the cost of creating and outfitting such a facility, with attending diagnostic and life support equipment, to be approximately $50,000.
We are therefore conducting this fundraiser to solicit donations to construct this critical life-saving facility. We are reaching out to those who fondly remember and have participated in the past in Father Nick's vision for OCIMA - to help the truly less fortunate in the remote regions of Guatemala. We believe we can reach this important goal through the following:
- 10 to 20 local organizations commit to generously donate $1000 to $2000, in exchange for recognition in our fundraising promotions, and
- 300 to 500 parishioners of St. Irenaeus, St. Andrew and St. Mary of the Hills Parishes in Rochester generously donate $50 to $100
WON'T YOU HELP?
All donors - organization and individual/family - will be invited to a professionally-catered celebration dinner to be held upon the successful raising of the first 80% of our goal.
You may donate directly via credit card through this secure website (just click on the big DONATE button to the right), or by mailing a contribution to:
Larry, Address XYZ, Rochester Hills, MI 48XXX
You'll see the names of all the generous donors who have already contributed by clicking through this website. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF FATHER NICK!!