THE HOPE Medical Mission Trip
Organized by: Gracesenia Chahyadinata
EVENT DATE Jun 18, 2016
Health is one of the basic rights every human being is entitled to. Unfortunately, in the world today, many people still lack access to simple healthcare facilities and are dying from preventable diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, etc. The dire issue of poverty and health is one, which has remained close to my heart, since a very young age. Witnessing the tragic reality as such in isolated communities and remote villages have pushed me to act upon it.
Sure, the statistics on diseases (esp. in Indonesia) can make a person numb, or worse, even apathetic. We're used to seeing soaring numbers of people dying every single day whether it be on newspapers, television, etc. The thing is, though, we rarely view these people as human beings, where every single life matters. Every number is a single life is worth saving.
Therefore, I'd like to take this simple opportunity to encourage us all to donate to this program (which is dedicated to hold free medication programs for locals in isolated communities). I believe every single penny invested here truly makes a difference; whether small or big, it can be powerful. I'm genuinely asking for everyone of you to realize the importance of the issue and join with me on this journey, to heal one person at a time.
Below are the detailed description of what we will be doing and using the funds for. If there are further questions, please feel free to email me. I'll be more than glad to explain more about the organization and interact with all of you. Thank you very much :)
We are a student-initiated organization called THE HOPE comprised of senior school students from grades 9-12 that focuses on the field of medicine. Our vision is to reach out to Indonesian locals in isolated communities by providing healthcare services. Our mission is to share God's love to the underprivileged by holding a free medication program with the help of experienced doctors to provide the best quality of aid possible, followed by a spiritual revival service.
Last year in the summer of 2015, we managed to provide medical aid for over 1300 patients in Desa Waimahu, Kelurahan Latuhalat, Kecamatan Nusaniwe, Ambon. With the help of sponsors and donators, we were able to raise approximately Rp. 300.000.000,00 (approximately USD 23,000) to cover the costs of our trip and necessary medical supplies. THE HOPE’s Medical Mission Trip to Ambon was our very first significant event, and we documented most of our trip in our website http://thehopeindonesia.wix.com/hope, which you can refer to for further information.
For this upcoming year in June 2016 (from the 18th to 22nd), we plan to hold our second medical mission trip in Papua. We chose to travel to Papua as it will allow us to solve some of the most basic, yet prevalent health problems. Papua is one of the most isolated areas in Indonesia, with very limited access to healthcare. Thus, the trip presents the perfect opportunity for us to serve the locals with appropriate medication. Hopefully, THE HOPE will not only be a symbol of love and care for the Papuan local community, but also to everyone involved in it. THE HOPE’s long-term goal is to pass on our experience of helping isolated communities through free medical programs to younger generations of students in our school, and perhaps even all schools in Indonesia – one step at a time. As we continue to foster memorable and selfless experiences for our members, doctors, and the locals we are reaching out to, we believe that THE HOPE can inspire others to do what we do and truly make a difference nationally and even globally.
Our goal is to provide medical aid for 1500 people in three to four days, which will be followed by a revival service and day-to-day lectures about health and sanitation to younger kids in the Sorong village near Jayapura. In order to have a successful medical mission trip, we need to raise approximately Rp. 500.000.000,00 (approximately USD 37,000) to fund the prescribed medicine needed for our week-long medical trip and to pay for the accommodation and airplane tickets of our doctors and dentists from “Project Indonesia”, who have willingly volunteered to help serve the people of Papua. “Project Indonesia” is an organization that aims to help the underprivileged in Indonesia in the field of education, health, economical welfare by supporting local projects. Also, the money will be used to fund the survey trip on March to coordinate the administrative aspects of the project.
Therefore, we need your support to help us carry out our program. Your contribution or donation in the form of funds or medical supplies such as medicine, vaccines or vitamin supplements will be greatly appreciated. Because THE HOPE: Medical Mission Trip to Papua is a significant event, we will be documenting most of our trip and progress in our website (which will be updated a few weeks after the trip ends).