Our Adopt-a-Project program is a way for volunteers, Chapters, individuals and groups to stay connected to our project sites and help further our mission! We are excited to unveil the list for the 2019-2020 school year to all of our supporters. If you are interested in adopting a project, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know which project you would like to support! The projects will be updated once they have been adopted and new projects will be added throughout the year. Our new fundraising page will also track the amount fundraised (you can visit this page by clicking the “Donate Here” link)! All projects are available to be adopted fully or as a section; if you would like to donate a specific amount to a certain project, please simply notify us.
Project Huancayo, Peru
Adopted by: Temple University
At our free health campaigns around Huancayo we are able to provide non-communicable disease screening tests and health recommendations to more than 2,000 low income persons per year within remote communities. These campaigns help identify health-problems in their early stages or, hopefully, before they start. Early detection increases the chances for better treatment and a longer and healthier life.
FIMRC Huancayo puts a lot of efforts into prevention & education but we see too many children in urgent need of dental care. Most of the low income families can’t afford dental care. We would like to provide children from our different programs with dental treatment for cavities & other dental issues.
Through our Portowawa Program, we follow a group of pregnant women from remote communities of Huancayo. To help them prepare for motherhood, we'd like to provide them with a basket with much needed newborn care items and organize a baby shower to celebrate life!
Adopted by: The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
In Peru, 43.5 % of children are affected by anemia due to iron deficiency. FIMRC Huancayo launched the CUY PROGRAM to treat and prevent Anemia among young children in remotes communities.
Project Anconcito, Ecuador
The kids’ club Chicas Maravillas and Chicos Superman was one of the first projects implemented in Project Anconcito when the site opened in 2016. In a continuation of this, FIMRC has been working in each neighborhood, this time with kids ages 9-13, on slightly more advanced topics like first aid, bullying, human rights, teamwork, and mosquito borne illnesses.
Anconcito Youth Health Promoters is a 12-week program open to high-school aged youth in the community, where participants are trained on health education, promotion, and prevention, and upon graduating join a constantly growing group of health promoters actively volunteering in the community.
In 2017, Project Anconcito staff began recruiting and training youth to start a FIMRC basketball team. As a new project site, it was a great way to get the FIMRC name out into the community and get involved in local events. In September 2017, the team won the Anconcito Basketball Championship as first time participants! We’re looking forward to a great season in 2019!
The FIMRC girls basketball club is place where our players can practice their technique, while also learning about teamwork, sportsmanship, and hard work. Our players also participate as volunteers in health promotion activities we hold throughout the year, and they attend monthly education sessions.
Through a regular health survey conducted by FIMRC Volunteers, the community has identified diabetes as one of the greatest health problems in Anconcito. The goal of this diabetes support group is to give diabetics in the community the tools and support to manage their diabetes and live healthy lives.
FIMRC inaugurated a hypertension support group this year in July, in which those diagnosed with high blood pressure are learning about lifestyle modifications to help manage and prevent progression of their disease while also closely monitoring their blood pressure readings with bi-monthly measurements.
Health education is a primary focus at Project Anconcito. Per the request of the community, our very popular First Aid & CPR Workshop, developed out by two of our CHIRP volunteers, is going to take place at several schools this year with your help. The courses will teach vital first aid practices as well as CPR to community members to be able to respond more quickly in critical situations.
Project Las Delicias, El Salvador
At FIMRC, we take the safety of our patients very seriously, which is why we would like to equip Project Las Delicias with up to date fire extinguishers in case of an emergency. The clinic needs four extinguishers in total, and the cost of this project would cover all four and help keep our site safe and secure.
Often times, it’s the little things. If we don’t have signs, how will patients know where to go? Las Delicias is in need of the materials required to make signage for its different clinic areas, such as the waiting room, exit, consultation and recovery room. This will help our patients have a smoother experience overall and help make them more comfortable.
Project Restauración, Dominican Republic
One of the centerpieces of our community health programming is the mobile clinic initiative, which we hold in rural towns that lack easy access to healthcare. These communities are some of the poorest in the area with the highest barriers to healthcare access, so bringing care to them makes a huge difference.
FIMRC-DR runs a community-based diabetes and hypertension program in three of our communities. In this program, patients receive education regarding the management of these illnesses as well as monthly consultations and prescription refills in coordination with a chronic disease specialist who visits our site once a month.
The FIMRC program in Restauración runs a great deal of educational programs, which require constant innovation when it comes to the class structure and the way we plan to deliver it. We are looking to purchase an iPad and download the app Complete Anatomy on it so we can use it as a tool to teach specific subjects to our students.
FIMRC partners with a number of different mothers’ centers to support these groups in offering health education programs that address needs identified by community leaders. Last year more than one mother center reached out to us to see if we could deliver a workshop during this day letting us know there is a strong interest from the women to keep learning!
World Diabetes Day is commemorated annually on November 14th. FIMRC will use the day to bring together all three communities that participate in the Diabetes & Hypertension Club in an event to educate the community about early detection and treatment to prevent complications.
Mothers’ centers are core groups formed by women of each community that lead a variety of local initiatives. As a result of the recent development of new programs targeting adults and the high level of interest the mothers’ centers have expressed, we have begun running programs covering nutrition, diabetes and hypertension, and cancer.
We currently have 8 active health promoters and restock according to their needs, approximately every two months. This project funds the purchase of supplies for current and future health promoters, as well as training sessions in new skills. Through this program, FIMRC is able to empower the next generation of health care providers in Restauración.
FIMRC- DR has recently received several very generous donations of eye glasses which we have not been able to deliver since we do not have an ophthalmologist in town or close to the project site. This Adopt A Project will fund the cost of bringing in an ophthalmologist to the site so that we can organize a campaign, have vision examinations, pay for transportation, provide snacks, and cover the costs of all other logistics for the campaign.
The Dominican Republic has an extraordinarily low rate of mothers who practice exclusive breastfeeding with their children, and we’re getting creative with encouragement! This year, with the help of a very generous artist, FIMRC was able to obtain a mural which is displayed outside of the local hospital. This project will fund more Breastfeeding Murals or tarps like the one we delivered this year for rural communities around Restauración in order to promote breastfeeding.
The municipal hospital in Restauración is considered a third level hospital according to the Health Care system in the Dominican Republic, but unfortunately there is still no cardiologist on site. Economically it is next to impossible for some of our patients to make the much needed trip to get a consultation. Our specialist, Dr. Lesly, recommends at least one consultation a year when a patient has either hypertension or diabetes. This will help us bring in a cardiologist at least twice yearly to site for much needed consultations.
A report was recently presented to FIMRC by the SER (Ecological Society of Restauración) on the status of sanitation in some of the most vulnerable neighborhoods in Restauración. FIMRC believes that access to proper sanitation is a human right, and we want to help the community in Restauración by assisting in building and restoring five latrines for families in these areas.
FIMRC's “Micro-health insurance program" at project Restauración will have a major focus on improving the treatment of water in households. Initially we plan on providing families with a simple water filter for their homes. Through participation in health education courses and other incentives, participants will be able to earn credit towards things like materials for home repairs and appliances.
Help us spread some holiday joy and good health down at Restauración! In the summer of 2018 FIMRC first partnered with INAIPI, helping to assess between 300-350 children registered with the program throughout the year. With this fundraiser we will help assess the children during a mobile clinic while also having festive activities and gifts!
FIMRC Project Restauración receives generous donations throughout the year and we also buy medicine for our different clubs and activities. Due to the weather, there tends to be a lot of humidity and mold on site; thus we need to make sure we keep the medicine, medical supplies and office supplies in good condition for our patients. The pharmacy at the clinic currently consist of wooden shelves, which are in poor condition. This project will help us fund sturdier, more sustainable plastic shelves for the pharmacy that we'll be able to keep sanitary and stocked for years to come.
Project Limón, Nicaragua
Adopted by: Roger Williams University
Reyneri Yescas, FIMRC’s registered nurse at Project Limón, runs an in-home visitation program which includes home visits to all registered pregnant women within 5 of the surrounding communities monthly. 2018 was a success, with the prenatal program expanding to 2 new communities and increasing the amount of women receiving these essential materials.
Clinical materials and supplies are bought through the medication fund, however clinic materials have no charge. In order to be able to provide adequate amounts of medication and clinical supplies, another fund is necessary in order to buy the much used and needed clinical supplies such as: vaginal speculums for vaginal exams and pap smears, pap smear kits, urine cups for urine exams, syringes for medication administration.
Adopted by: The University of Notre Dame
In order to truly monitor the nutritional status of this children it is important that we provide parasite medications every 3-6 months for each child in the program as well as stool testing to ensure that these children do not have parasites that could be hindering their nutrition. The funds raised will be used to provide stool testing and parasite medication as indicated for the 20 children in the program.
Project Limón currently runs a Diabetes Program within eight of the surrounding communities. In this program, community representatives receive training on how to use glucometers to check blood sugars and are responsible for home-visits with the individuals with diabetes within their communities. They give health talks monthly and check their blood sugars at least weekly.
Access to clean water is often hard to come by in the communities we serve, and a lack of clean drinking water can have a big, lasting effect on the health of our patients. In order to provide clean drinking water, we will be able to purchase water filters for $40 that can serve an entire family. Having clean, filtered water helps prevent malnutrition, chronic diseases, and helps promote healthy pregnancies.
Every baby deserves a healthy start. In order to provide complete OB/GYN services to our patients, FIMRC Nicaragua is in need of an ultrasound machine. We see a lot of high risk pregnancies, whether they are adolescent pregnancies or women who have had past complications. Offering ultrasound services would allow us to help ensure healthy pregnancies as well as to catch any complications in order to make proper, timely referrals to the hospital that is about one hour away by bus.
Project La Merced, Peru
Adopted by: North Carolina State University
Project La Merced has developed a first aid training program (Emer-Campo) in which we provide theoretical and practical information to solve and attend basic, non-serious incidents in both children and adults. After the course we want to provide a first aid kit with basic materials to participants. We’re all about community empowerment!
La Merced focuses on prevention and health promotion with our partners, primarily educating people to work on their own personal health through educational sessions. Often far from the city, these people do not have access to stores to acquire personal hygiene items. Our goal is to equip the Vida Saludable program participants with these materials to meet people where they are!
Kids should be kids, and we believe camp should be accessible to all. “Vacaciones útiles” are very popular in urban areas of Peru, however, these activities are not accessible for students residing in rural areas. This project would allow us to bring a week of health-focused camp activities to the primary and secondary students at one of the more isolated rural schools with which we work.
Unfortunately, safe drinking water is not always available in many communities. For this reason, we aim to supply safe and clean drinking water to one of our partner schools so that they can drink water whenever they want without the risks of contracting an illness. Every child deserves a healthy childhood, and clean drinking water goes a long way.
The computers at La Merced are few, old and unfortunately cannot hold a charge, which limits their mobility and usage. This project will fund the purchase of two new computers to be used by FIMRC staff and volunteers to develop health education materials. This will also allow us to be able to take the laptops to health education events to show videos, presentations, and more.
La Esperanza secondary school is in need of complete bathroom renovations. The objective of this project is to promote a healthy school environment, of which sanitary bathrooms are an essential component. With the renovation of the bathrooms, students will have access to a more sanitary bathroom that functions appropriately and will avoid hygiene-related diseases.
Adopted by: The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
"Children enter the world of dance with joy because they discover the freedom to move and express themselves”. La Merced hopes to help strengthen our participants’ mental health and the integration of their personality, while reinforcing their group identity and sense of community. And what better way to do this than through Music?
Project Bududa, Uganda
Purchasing a boda, a motorcycle taxi, for FIMRC’s HIV-positive support group would allow the members to generate their own steady income. Being the common mode of transportation in Bududa, this would allow members to operate it in the area to raise money towards PTC’s savings and income for participants.
Adopted by: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
FIMRC hopes to establish and expand sustainable clean water sources within the community in order to help patients prevent diseases such dysentery and diarrhea, which we see on a daily basis at our clinic. The hope is to use this preventative measure to help cut back on the amount of cases we see and help people lead healthier day to day lives.
Project Bududa has an exciting opportunity to utilize existing space at the clinic to grow a variety of healthy fruits for both patients and staff. As patients wait to be attended to, they can help themselves to a mango, papaya, orange, and even jackfruit! This new garden would also provide staff and patient educators the opportunity to educate on the importance of a healthy and diverse diet.
FIMRC values and takes patient confidentiality and comfort very seriously. As the number of patients that we see each day grows, we are looking for the best ways to utilize the space available to us at the clinic. Partitioning off some of our existing rooms to allow this to happen without undertaking costly projects of constructing additions would allow us to afford the comfort and confidentiality our patients deserve. This would allow us to have more spaces for patients, adults and children to feel more comfortable opening up to our staff.
During times of natural disaster or hardship, clean water can be virtually impossible to come by for families in Bududa. Having an emergency supply of Water Guard at the clinic would allow for us to handle short term situations where families in the community are in need of clean water. Landslides and heavy rainfall are common in Bududa, both of which greatly impact access to clean water sources.
Adopted by: The University of Pittsburgh
Many teenage girls become pregnant in Bududa and are unable to afford pads for use after delivery, oftentimes using their own clothes they came with to the clnic to pad themselves. Other pads commonly used here are prone to being used for longer than they should and can lead to infection. We’re extending our reusable pad classes to young mothers this year.
In Bududa, the district vaccine fridge is unfortunately inconsistent in periods of low or no gas supply, leading to the destruction of much needed vaccines. There are also times when these fridges are taken for maintenance and thus unavailable, and having our own fridge to house vaccines at the clinic would greatly improve the care we can give through these inconsistent times.
Hospitals around Bududa often don’t have the proper supplies to perform minor surgical procedures and they charge very high prices. Thus, members of our communities can not afford to have these procedures done and often times they do untreated. By allowing us to purchase various common medical instruments for these procedures, it would allow us to better address cysts, superficial masses, and issues related to lymph nodes.
Each year approximately 10 million babies do not breathe immediately at birth, of which about 6 million require basic neonatal resuscitation. The major burden is in low-income settings, where health system capacity to provide neonatal resuscitation is inadequate. A manual infant resuscitation device, more effective than bulb stickers alone, would help us potentially save the lives of asphyxiated babies delivered in our clinic.
Project Bududa has shown long term success in efficiently using existing lab technology to properly assess and treat common diseases in the area at its clinic. Replacing and expanding on current lab technology is essential to ensuring that clients served by the clinic continue to receive testing for their ailments and receive proper medications.
Project Kodaikanal, India
Crèches act as daycare system for children ages 2-5 in India, and are one of our largest partners in Kodaikanal. Malnourishment is unfortunately commonly assessed, so FIMRC works to provide the crèche teachers with recommended meals, which has seen a significant impact in weight gain in these children. FIMRC attempts to work on a holistic level to provide crèche children the best chance at living happy, healthy lives!
Children at the CSI special school have vocational training through craft work, drawing, and painting. Most of the children with special needs express themselves through art and painting. There is a constant need for stationary items such as crayons, pencils, sketches for the art class room.
FIMRC visits each of the four crèches weekly to assess the children identified by the teachers or by parents who bring in their children. In addition, FIMRC provides medications to the children’s families and to the teachers to address the illness. Common diagnoses include coughs or colds, dermatological diseases, and dental cavities. This project will help supplement medications already provided by FIMRC to better address lower priorities of health.
Project Alajuelita, Costa Rica
Education is one of our three pillars, and we love our health education programs! At Alajuelita there is a strong focus on preventative health; hopefully saving someone a trip to our clinic down the road. This project will help us purchase a projector, a laptop, and a printer which will all help us reach more people out in the community by staying mobile and dynamic in our abilities to lead health education groups.
Adopted by: Virginia Commonwealth University
FIMRC Costa Rica has experienced an uptick in the number of smaller procedures that it is able to perform for patients who travel to the clinic. Because of this, it's of utmost importance to try and keep all of our instrumentation clean and sanitary to avoid any unnecessary complications. Alajuelita is in need of an autoclave in order to sterilize its instrumentation and provide the safest experiences for its patients.
At FIMRC's clinic in Alajuelita, Costa Rica many of the patients we see have chronic illnesses that are not being treated. One of the most common diagnoses we encounter is hypertension. Most patients can usually not afford trips to the local hospital, and therefor do not go to have their health checked up on. Having an electrocardiogram on site would allow our clinic staff to identify cases of emergency in patients and make relevant referrals to local hospitals for needed, potentially life saving examinations.
Over the past year, FIMRC Costa Rica had an increase in refugee patients with ulcers to attend to. In many of these instances, because of their legal status within Costa Rica, these patients have no other course of action because they are not covered by the health insurance program in the country. Ulcer care is unfortunately expensive, and we try our best to not turn anyone away, but we could use your help! We have currently maintained treatment for three patients on a monthly basis and are hoping to help more.
Sometimes, it's the simple things. Our clinic is in need of some furniture upgrades to the waiting room, such as tables and benches. As you know, this is so much more than a waiting room. It's a place for patients to congregate, for the children to play in the morning, and where we host many, many health education sessions. With this project we will be able to keep the space warm and inviting for our patients and create a comfortable environment for everyone.
The waiting room is often bustling with the activities of children here at Project Alajuelita. We have an area with toys where the kids play while waiting to see the doctor or waiting with their parents. Often times volunteers spend time playing with the children, and helping to educate them on different topics at the same time! Educational toys in the waiting room presents a great possibility in which volunteers and staff could help the kids develop intellectual skills they might otherwise not have many opportunities to.
One of our popular groups at Project Alajuelita is our Mujeres Valientes group, focusing on creating a safe space for strong women in the community for sharing and empowering one another. They do several projects throughout the year, and this project would help fund the program itself as well as pay for materials for these outreach projects that they participate in.
The annual Christmas party at FIMRC is beloved tradition here in the community. Each year, our staff throw a party for the hundred or so kids that are regular patients of the clinic to help spread some joy. The community loves participating as well in preparation and this is great way for us all to bond for the benefit of the kids. Funds will go towards materials for the party, snacks, and, of course, presents!