How are you different from other organizations?
Many organizations focus on fixing acute problems. Setting up week long clinics and treating as many people as possible. This is great if the problem is a one time issue, but normally the problem is not as simple as a sinus infection or upset stomach. We try to prevent disease before it starts. We focus on children and their communities by partnering with existing organizations that are already involved with this target population. We partner with local dentists, doctors, and optometrists to create a sustainable model of care even after our nurses leave. We also try to subsidize part of the RNs trip. These components set us apart from the majority of existing non-profits.
Who do you help?
We mainly focus our efforts in orphanages and schools so our largest population are school-age children. After we have helped the kids, we go into their communities to help the elderly, malnourished, mothers needing lactation consulting, and expecting mothers needing prenatal screening or education. We also do extensive teaching to the communities so that our education efforts reach hundreds to thousands of people every trip.
What do you do?
We focus on preventing disease. We accomplish this through eye exams, physicals, immunizations, nutrition screenings, workshops, and classes on topics such a proper hygiene, reproductive health, lactation needs, and disease prevention. Many health conditions require follow up so our partnership with LOCAL doctors, clinics, dentists, and optometrists allows for any child identified as needing care to be seen (for free or at a steep discount) at the local level. This helps create a culture of healthcare at the local level instead of the people relying solely on the charity of international healthcare organizations (which is much more costly).
After our health exams we spend a significant amount of time on interactive education with the children. This helps solidifies our message in the kid’s minds, and makes the learning more fun. All education is always done in their native language. If these health conditions can be prevented in the first place then the health of not only a generation, but of a nation can be improved.
Where do you go?
We focus our efforts in developing countries. We currently have partnerships with NGOs in Mexico, Cambodia, Ghana, India, and the Philippines. If you know of any site that might need our assistance please e-mail us with the information.
How do you help?
Preventative care and education means anything from vaccines, vision exams, to teaching proper sanitation practices such as the importance of washing your hands after using the bathroom, or after handling raw meat, or not disposing of trash and/or feces in your fresh water supply. We team up with local doctors, dentists, optometrists, and clinics for those in need of follow-up. The organization provides the funds or supplies necessary to help the people in these circumstances.
How much does one mission trip cost?
Most trips have been calculated to cost between $7,000-$20,000 depending on the length, number of people, supplies needed and location. That breaks down to somewhere between $1,000-$2,000 per person. However, the trips will be subsidized for the volunteers, and we hope that no nurse will ever have to pay more than $1,000 for a trip. The more donations we receive the more we can help those that need it most.
I want to donate supplies what do you need?
We are lucky to have some items donated for our trips! A current list of items needed that are available on amazon is listed here:
This charity list is similar to a wedding registry, and lets us know the number of item(s) purchased, and how many more we need.