Missions for Humanity
A mission team of seven volunteers traveled to the Fall River Diocesan mission at St. Rose of Lima parish in Guaimaca, Honduras. Although the group was small, much was accomplished as the dental team pulled over 500 teeth and the construction team worked on the construction of a school.
A mission team of sixteen volunteers made a second visit to Guiamaca, Honduras. This team of dentists, doctors, nurses and other volunteers worked tirelessly to provide care for those they went to serve.
The number of volunteers doubled to 32, requiring the team to split, and two separate trips to Honduras were organized. The medical and dental teams again cared for hundreds of people as others worked to help construct the school dormitory.
The volunteers, which had grown to 42 in number, again formed two teams. One team traveled to Honduras, and for the first time one team traveled to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. While in Tanzania, the team worked throughCaritas Dar es Salaam to organize its medical and humanitarian efforts. The main focus of both mission teams was medical and dental care.
The mission teams to Honduras and Tanzania focused on the medical, dental and educational needs of the people. In Tanzania meetings with teachers and heads of schools, in both the city and outlying villages, were arranged to assess educational needs and begin the formulation of an education action plan. For the first time, the doctors, dentists, nurses, educators, and other volunteers traveled as "Missions for Humanity" teams.
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Mission trips to Honduras and Tanzania were again planned, but due to civil unrest, the Honduras trip had to be canceled. The 23 member mission team to Tanzania, comprised of doctors, dentists, educators and other volunteers, again worked tirelessly to provide care to as many people as possible. Through the aid of an Order of Malta grant, the education component was able to continue their efforts to enhance education in Tanzania by bringing computers and LCD projectors to the schools with whom they had worked in 2008.
2010 - 2013
Mission trips continued to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Guaimaca, Honduras. Over 150 volunteers from three countries have taken part in MFH mission trips and 37% have participated in multiple missions. MFH has cared for close to 20,000 men, women and children and has collected and donated over $900,000 in medications and supplies.
In July, MFH sent two separate teams of doctors, dentists, nurses, educators, as well as other professionals and students, to Guaimaca, Honduras and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The teams cared for more than 2,500 patients, a record number for MFH. Another benchmark was achieved this year - over $1 million in medications and supplies have been donated to the people we serve.
In the summer of 2105, MFH teams will embark on their first mission trip to Haiti and return to Honduras. MFH is currently developing two new projects for the U.S.
Interest in the mission trips to Honduras and Tanzania, as well as the number of people served, continues to grow. Missions for Humanity doctors, nurses and dentists are now caring for thousands of people each year. Every mission focuses on the medical, dental, and educational needs of the people, yet each trip is uniquely its own. In 2010, half of the Tanzanian team flew to the island of Mafia for two days to care for those in some of the poorest villages of Tanzania, while the other half continued to work in the outlying villages of Dar es Salaam. In 2011, with the aid of the Lion’s Club of Hanover, MA, we were able to bring and distribute over 2000 pairs of reading and sunglasses to the people of Honduras and Tanzania.
Missions for Humanity continues to be an ever-growing, vibrant organization. Mission trips fill within weeks of their announcement and future potential team members are now reserving places on teams more than a year in advance.
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