Medical Mission Trip to Peru
Organized by: Erica Stowe
EVENT DATE Jun 26, 2015
Family and Friends,
This June as part of VCU’s HOMBRE (Honduras Outreach Medical Brigada Relief Effort) team, I will be traveling to Pampas Grande, Peru with fellow physical therapy, medical, and pharmacy students, along with licensed healthcare professionals, to provide much needed medical help to local communities there. As part of this mission we will not only be providing medical services, but also supplies including medications, blood pressure cuffs, suture needles and thread, dental tools, therapy mats and many other items. With your help, my goal is to raise $2,000 for this trip. This money will allow me to bring my energy, physical therapy skills and needed medical supplies to the people of Pampas Grande.
In appreciation of your generosity, I will keep you informed about the trip’s successes and the people you have helped with your donation. Thank you being part of my team and any support you are able to provide!
Please feel free to email me with any questions! firstname.lastname@example.org
A Little More About Me:
Working internationally with under-served populations has always been a dream of mine, even before I decided to pursue a career in physical therapy. Growing up in a small rural community made me aware of the struggles of the under-served and I had some of my most formative shadowing experiences at a clinic that, in part, served this population. After I graduate, I plan to continue this work within my own country. But my horizons are broad: I love travel, exploration, and feeling like a contributing member of a global community.
A couple of years ago I had the fortune to work within a refugee camp in the center of San Jose, Costa Rica. Our goal was to develop exercise plans for the refugees (many of whom were in very poor condition) with what scant resources were available. I remember working one-on-one with a lady whose strength had been deteriorating. I created a set of strengthening exercises for her using a glass coke bottle and my limited Spanish! It was definitely one of the most rewarding and meaningful experiences I have had and I look forward to having more opportunities to do work like this.
My expectations for the HOMBRE team are that we leave the people there with the knowledge and tools needed to continue bettering their health. This would include reinforcing that which they already do correctly, treating them and teaching them some of the principles behind our treatments, as well as helping them develop and implement new strategies that can continue to promote positive change. I believe that empowering these people with knowledge is one of the most important things we can do, in addition to solidifying the foundation of the HOMBRE project laid down by last year’s team.
Personally, I hope to learn about effective strategies for making a significant impact through programs like HOMBRE and also to gain experience working with people from very different cultures than mine. Also, I look forward to learning about other views on healthcare so that I can make future trips more productive and meaningful.
In the past two years I have been in PT school, I have learned a lot about how to help people in pain and regain their previous levels of activity. This trip will finally give me a chance to put that knowledge to work as well as the chance to work inter-professionally with my peers.