Melissa Booher wrote -The Story:
In a rural, Honduran, mountain-top village of over 16,000 people, there is one doctor. He operates out of a one room clinic. He has very limited supplies, and almost no assistance. This village, like many other Honduran villages, is inhabited by coffee plantation owners and growers. Coffee harvesting leads to various injuries from accidents involving machetes. Many of the accidents happen to young children, as young as four years old. One doctor cannot tend to that many patients, nor does he have the supplies to.
This is the case of many towns in Honduras. They do not have the supplies or means to get the supplies that they need. But we do.
Working with Medical Teams International, Heart for Hope, Cadena de Amor, the local chapters of Kiwanis International, and our local high school's Key Club, we will be raising funds to pay for a 20' by 20' shipping container to be sent to Honduras. This container will be filled with medical, dental, construction, and miscellaneous supplies.
The cost of a shipping container being sent to Honduras is about $10,000. This cost includes the cost of using the container, in addition to shipping and handling costs. We have about $300,000 to $400,000 worth of supplies to fill the container already. At the moment, we have approximately $5,000 raised for this effort. We are half way there!
We have contacts in Honduras, as members of our Key Club have gone and done volunteer dental work there with one of our past Kiwanis advisers, a dentist, Dr. Spomer. Four years ago, Dr. Spomer sold his local dental practice and retired. The profits from this sale were then budgeted to pay for two full-time Honduran dentists to operate in Honduras. This dentist, Dr. Spomer, also spends a good part of the year, every year, in Honduras, taking on dental brigades, construction projects, and working with native high schoolers in local schools. Dr. Spomer's main projects are the dental brigades. He takes a volunteer team to Honduras to do free dental work in different locations. They set up a make-shift dental clinic in the town they are working in and leave it up for the week they will be doing work there. They do anything from cleanings to oral surgery. They mostly work on children ages 4-16. They change lives.
Dr. Spomer works closely with organizations such as Medical Teams International, Cadena de Amor (Chain of Love), and Heart for Hope.
Our efforts would greatly benefit the projects Dr. Spomer has set up, as well as other Honduran dentists, doctors, and citizens, but we need help to get there!
Help us, help them.