Our Adopt-a-Project program is a way for volunteers, Chapters, and individuals or groups to stay connected to our project sites and help further our mission! We are excited to unveil the list for the 2017-2018 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 choose 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! 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 just notify us.
Project Alajuelita, Costa Rica
University of Texas- San Antonio
Pregnant women and babies make up the majority of our patients, so following the development of the pregnancy is a basic need within our medical services. A fetal doppler will help to perform more thorough prenatal examinations on pregnant women.
Many patients with whom Project Alajuelita staff work suffer from post traumatic stress. To provide a space for all the new Nicaraguan refugees arriving to Costa Rica, Project Alajuelita has created an expressive therapy workshop that includes eight sessions. Funds will help provide the materials needed to provide the workshops.
Beginning in 2018 we have a group of ladies in the community who have started a group to create a space in which they can support each other. They proposed to start producing some pieces to sell and generate some funds for the activities of the group.
The waiting room of the clinic includes an area were the kids play while they wait to be seen by the doctor. Due to the limited resources at home and the low level of education of their parents, educational toys in the waiting room would be an amazing opportunity for the volunteers and kids to interact and help in their development.
The Christmas party is a tradition in the community that represents the end of the year and celebrates the hard work together to improve health conditions of the community. Through donations we host a party for 100 kids that are regular patients of our clinic!
Our clinic needs some paint! Bright colors make everybody feel better; our walls need to be refreshed, the paint has been there for 3 years and looks a little dirty.
We need to replace the furniture in the waiting room of the FIMRC clinic, the 2 tables and the benches have holes and are broken. The waiting area is a well-used area; it’s where we welcome patients, kids play in the morning, volunteers eat lunch, and were we plan health education materials!
Health education is a vital piece of preventative health! Upgrading our technology equipment with a projector, laptop, iPad, and printer would help to provide up-to-date resources that can be reused, rather than posters that are easily outdated and deteriorate.
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.
During the summer of 2018 FIMRC Project Restauración started to work with INAIPI, Instituto Nacional de Atención Integral a la Primera Infancia, a government institution responsible for the management of Integral Attention services for children from 0 to 5 years and their families and the implementation of this model. INAIPI has a new office in Restauración and they partnered with us so we can help them with the delivery and access to health care for these children.
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.
To build consciousness and increase the number of mothers who exclusively breastfeed, we launched an educational program for new and expectant mothers in Restauración during the summer of 2018. Local groups of pregnant women and new mothers received orientation on the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding and other related topics such as prenatal care.
This project will fund the purchase of an oxymeter for our mobile clinics so we can at least include in our data the blood oxygen saturation levels from our patients. We are hoping to create files from each patient and having this information is going to be of so much help.
The municipal hospital in the municipality of Restauración is considered a third level hospital according to the health care system in the Dominican Republic, but is still in a very precarious situation where there is no cardiologist or money to have the EKG electrodes. With a portable EKG machine we will be able to have the readings of patients immediately and refer them if needed to another specialist.
This project will fund the purchase of a portable ultrasound which will be used as one of the incentives we offer to the women that participate in our breastfeeding program, and will be used for mobile clinics and for other women in need from underserved communities.
University of British Columbia
Fetal heart monitoring is part of every pregnancy checkup. It’s combined with other tests for a closer look if the mother suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure, or other conditions that could cause problems for her and the baby. This project will fund the purchase of this device which will be used as one of the incentives we offer to the women that participate in our breastfeeding program.
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.
The FIMRC program in Restauración runs a great deal of educational programs, which requires more than one volunteer using the laptop available for them at the office. This project will fund the purchase of a second laptop available for volunteers.
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.
University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign
Our first Health Agents’ class was initially adopted by our Clemson University Chapter. The new program is run after school to reach the most dedicated youth willing to make the commitment.
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.
The FIMRC site in the Dominican Republic is heavily oriented toward health education and community outreach. One of our most popular (and most fun!) activities with children is our health fairs.
Our health promoter program serves to train and support local volunteers living within rural communities in basic first aid. The health promoters have been trained in first aid and act as health resources to their communities.
This project will fund the costs to sign up our amazing community nurse for a First Aid Training with the Red Cross in the city of Santo Domingo, it is a two day course lasting 16 hours. Having our community nurse trained in this subject will allow us to continue training our health promoters from rural communities in a more professional way!
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.
Project Anconcito, Ecuador
FIMRC is planning a community festival focused on eliminating violence against women, where all individuals are encouraged to share their own art in a public capacity. Participants will also be competing for a grand prize!
The kids’ club Chicas Maravillas and Chicos Superman was one of the first projects implemented in Project Anconcito when the site opened in 2016. This summer, with the help of FIMRC volunteers, FIMRC developed a new curriculum for Chicas Maravillas and Chicos Superman: Episode II.
A FIMRC banner would empower the site staff to continue our growing relationships in the communities of Anconcito.
Anconcito Youth Health Promoters is a 10-week program open to high-school aged youth in the community, where participants are trained-up 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. These players not only shine on the court, but they are also involved as FIMRC local volunteers, and they receive monthly health education sessions as a part of being on the team.
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 works with mothers in the community to improve child nutrition, however families still struggle due to undiagnosed anemia. In order to realize anemia screenings, we are looking to purchase a portable hemoglobin meter and test strips, which would allow children with anemia to get the treatment they need to reach their growth goals!
Project Las Delicias, El Salvador
Diabetes is a chronic disease faced by a large percent of the population in each community where FIMRC works, and Project Las Delicias is no exception. The Diabetes & Hypertension Program is well developed, however to continue providing regular checks for patients we need a steady supply of glucometer strips.
University of British Columbia
Gloves and masks are important to maintain a safe working environment in the FIMRC clinic. Providing these would help ensure a sterile working environment and the best care for both FIMRC staff and the patients.
The FIMRC clinic could use a face lift! Putting a fresh coat of paint and using longer-lasting materials will help to ensure that the clinic is a welcoming location for the community to continue using.
Project Kodaikanal, India
The FIMRC rural clinic is conducting an assessment on iron deficient anaemia among all the women in their reproductive age group in the local community. The hemoglobin strips are an easy way to diagnose anaemia in a primary health setting. We need a sufficient supply of these strips will help in running this tests for free on all the female patients that visit the clinic.
FIMRC’s rural clinic is situated in the outskirts of Kodaikanal serving people from impoverished communities. Because of the growing needs for medical care we subsidize the cost of medicine to patients who can only afford to pay part of the cost.
Poor screening and tracking on the disease among low socio-economic background leadS to uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes. Our rural clinic acts as a primary health care centre in monitoring and controlling the disease by providing care and keeping track of the glucose levels by periodically checking our patients’ blood glucose levels using simple portable glucometer which gives a reliable assumptions on the actual values.
FIMRC is involved in educating and creating awareness on sexual and reproductive hygiene to school communities located in far outstretched villages in Kodaikanal. Our goal is to provide ample of napkin supplies to the school so the children can access whenever needed.
At the rural clinic, patient medical charts can be damaged by leaking rain water from the roof or pulling the charts from cramped shelves. Having a closet/cupboard for storing these medical charts will prevent from physical damage and protect them from rain.
FIMRC is helping to build smokeless stove chimneys in houses that are poorly ventilated. Building chimneys will help the families to reduce cost in health care spending and improve school attendance among children.
FIMRC is works closely with the CSI Rehab Centre in helping children with special needs. Children with hearing and speech impairments need hearing aids to support them effectively learn in school. Some children are affected with cerebral palsy that need wheel chair assistance. Providing them with supportive devices will help the children adapt well to their educational environment.
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.
Project Limón, Nicaragua
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. In 2018, the prenatal program expanded to 2 new communities 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.
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.
Years ago, FIMRC installed a ramp for the entrance into the clinic. Due to hard rains over the years and hurricane Nate, that entrance has been destroyed. This money will go to re-building a ramp that can withstand the hard rain of the rain season and allow these services access to the clinic and health post.
Project Limón currently runs a Diabetic Program within eight of the surrounding communities. In this program, community representatives received training on how to use glucometers to check blood sugars and are responsible for home-visits with the diabetics within their communities giving a health talk monthly and checking their blood sugars at least weekly.
Project Huancayo, Peru
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!
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.
FIMRC Huancayo promotes access to healthcare through health campaigns where patients are being screened and diagnosed with the help of local and foreign volunteer doctors. We would like to build a small Health Campaign Pharmacy that would allow us to treat low income patients diagnosed with basic health issues such as gastritis, cough, flu, fever, allergies, pain, etc.
FIMRC Huancayo goes every week to an orphanage for girls and provides health education workshops to support the girls in their emotional, cognitive & physical development. FIMRC also remodeled a room to create a stimulating learning environment for the girls. We would like to fill that learning space with educational supplies such as books, board games, art craft supplies & etc!
Our Program “Almanecer” supports a small group of teen mothers living in a foster shelter. They receive educational sessions where they learned how to take care of their baby. We would like to support the babies’ development by providing them with a stimulation corner that would arouse their senses and improve their curiosity.
FIMRC Huancayo works hand in hand with local health centers every day. We would like to support health centers & patients with basic health care supplies such as gloves, masks, bandages, stethoscopes, pen lights, scales, needles, syringes, screening tests, glucometers, medicines, etc.
Project La Merced, Peru
Our Healthy Living program works with modules mainly in hygiene, nutrition and general health. Our focus is to promote self-care in those that we work with, this work is done through educational sessions related to health and hygiene issues. An important issue that is the basis of health is personal hygiene, for this we need hygiene kits to give to our partners.
As part of our regular programming we cover dental hygiene, many of our partners cannot afford to regularly buy toothbrushes and toothpaste so we aim to supply these basics to the participants each time we cover this topic.
The amount of paper we throw away because we can't use it anymore is amazing! Being able to create our own role gives us a chance to give new life to the paper we consider rubbish and thus generate less garbage that contributes to climate change. We plan to make paper with kids in Shawan Rama or the Youth Club as part of a recycling activity to teach these lessons!
The SODIS method is ideal for treating water for drinking in developing countries. This project will also include workshops, explaining the importance of this method and providing other alternatives to disinfect the water besides the one we will provide.
This project will include approximately 10 recipes of ecological cleaning products, we will teach the PRONOEIs’ parents how to prepare their own products and we will give them some supplies so they can prepare their products at home.
Project Bududa, Uganda
Thanks to the generous fundraising by 2017 SIHFers, we were able to purchase a lab fridge to hold samples and reagents among many other important items. Now that we are working from two different buildings, a second, smaller generator just for the lab fridge would enable us to maximize its use instead of only when the power grid is working.
One initiative started by 2018 SIHFers was teaching local schoolgirls how to make reusable sanitary pads out of old clothes or fabrics and basic materials easily found in Bududa. We hope to continue this initiative with our OVC girls, many of whom will start having their periods soon.
Another way we are looking at helping OVCs support themselves far into the future is to teach them how to make crafts such as baskets and jewelry to sell locally and in bigger towns. We would like to raise the funds to buy starting materials, and to provide transport for them to take their wares to Mbale and beyond.
It’s quite difficult for clinicians to find veins in kids, and time and comfort are of the essence when trying to get an IV started on a severely sick child. A basic vein finder tool would enable us to clearly see veins, especially on younger babies and heavier children, and drastically reduce the time (and pain from failed attempts) for our clinicians to get a successful stick on needy patients.
Our OVCs have historically met at our pavilion, but as so many of them are now in their teens it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to speak up about personal issues in such an open environment. By building them their own room at the clinic, OVCs would have their own dedicated safe space to feel confidential and protected and to use for more than just the monthly meeting.