Our cookstove chimney project in Kodaikanal, India has been clearing out the smoke in homes for three years now. A few weeks ago we began seeing news articles throughout Indian media sources talking about pollution, respiratory health, and (you guessed it) cookstoves in rural homes! Here's a look into Project Kodaikanal's chimney project, and new developments in related research studies.
Most of our volunteers spend many months preparing themselves for their service trip abroad. When 2-time alumna Trang Tran arrived in Peru to find her luggage was still in Florida, those plans quickly changed. Luckily, she was traveling with the FIMRC Family, and she packed her optimism and flexibility in a carry-on!
We have the privilege of witnessing how our collaborative efforts on the ground make an impact. Seeing the results of our hard work is encouraging, and also prompts us to advance our mission in even more underserved communities. From providing patients with access to healthcare, to leading support groups and health education sessions, we're committed to growing our impact abroad in 2018.
Her plans and expectations took unexpected turns. Today she is a Registered Nurse and living her dream. Tiffany Martinez, a three-time FIMRC alumna, is back from her Global Health Nursing Fellowship and is sharing how she found her passion in medicine.
"I am so honored to write this blog post and share with you all the impact FIMRC had on me becoming a pediatrician!" Tina Tarazi began her career path to becoming a physician as a FIMRC Chapter member and Global Health Volunteer. The lessons she learned through her involvement with FIMRC have played an important role throughout her journey in medicine.
FIMRC operates 10 project sites in 9 countries around the world. Needless to say, our annual achievements are both broad and plentiful. As we 2017 comes to a close, we also reflect on the accomplishments made in our previous year through our 2016 Annual Report.
For fifteen years, FIMRC has shown responsible and transparent leadership in primary care development. As a growing organization, we have many responsibilities and many players in our work. We have high standards in ethical programing abroad, and we're proud of the work we're able to do with so many helping hands.
Surprises come in many forms. Almost 2 months ago, Tropical Storm Nate's devastating power was unanticipated in Nicaragua. Families have wow'd us with their resiliency after losing everything. Generous donors have given communities, whom they've never met, a chance to rebuild their lives. Two months later, we're reflecting on events that have helped families get back on their feet.
2017's #GivingTuesday is just one week away! All donations made on November 28th will benefit Project La Merced in Peru. If you haven't already met these important staff members on site, we're highlighting them through video testimonials. Get acquainted and don't forget to donate one week from today, on Facebook or https://volunteer.fimrc.org/campaign/giving-tuesday-2017.
We are grateful for the ability to give children access to medical care they otherwise would not receive. This month our focus is geared toward La Merced, Peru; a community that would greatly benefit from gaining tools to address a prevalent pediatric concern: anemia.
Our former Volunteer Relations Manager at Project Limón, Zane Randell, has returned from Nicaragua to serve as our Key Relations Manager at FIMRC Headquarters. During his transition he has blogged his experience with reverse culture shock and the realities of adapting to new norms.
Gratitude is an overwhelming force at each of our project sites. The opportunity to provide access to medical care to under-served populations is an honor. Communities are also grateful for health services and programs made available by FIMRC. This month we are especially thankful for our team in Peru at Project La Merced. With #GivingTuesday approaching, we applaud their accomplishments and hope to advance their progress with the holiday season.
Gurleen Samra, a Biological Sciences student at UC Irvine, weighs in on her experience with FIMRC. As an active chapter member, she regularly participates in local volunteer work. This September she embarked with fellow chapter members to serve in Costa Rica through our Global Health Volunteer Program. She's now sharing her experiences, photos, and take-aways from Project Alajuelita.
It has been two weeks since Tropical Storm Nate hit Project Limón and its surrounding communities. Families lost nearly everything, but have refused to give up. They're rebuilding their lives and are helping each another through the process. Our efforts in Nicaragua have shifted from immediate disaster relief, to supporting sustainable solutions for our most at-risk families.
On October 5th Tropical Storm Nate hit our communities in Nicaragua at Project Limón. Floods have damaged homes, destroyed crops, and have left communities with many challenges to face in the months ahead. Many families have lost everything, but continue to press forward thanks to support from their neighbors, FIMRC, and you!
We believe the most effective programming and activities are created to address the needs expressed by the community. Not only does our community direct our efforts, they also play a vital role in every step we take toward fulfilling our mission: To provide access to medical care for underprivileged and medically underserved families around the world.
Summer International Health Fellowships are packed with opportunities for service and exposure. For Project Bududa Alumnae Amanda Hanemaayer, the fellowship deconstructed her views on healthcare standards and community responsibility. Her thoughts, photos, and impressions from Uganda portray a SIHF experience worth remembering.
As a Master's of Public Health student at the University of Missouri and a Clinical Dietician, Rachel spent 6 weeks at Project Anconcito learning about health development of our newest site. Harnessing both her background as a dietician and public health knowledge, she contributed to several programming aspects on site, while also learning about the challenges that come with working in development. Learn about her accomplishments and frustrations from her perspective!
Now that the 2017 Summer International Health Fellowship has come to an end, we have had time to debrief with field staff, review monthly reports, and have even had the chance to meet a few of our amazing Summer Health Fellows in person! In order to showcase the accomplishments of our Fellows, we have created a SIHF 2017 Impact Report.
Some say that September is the other January - the school year begins again, the leaves change, the weather cools, and we seem to get a new start. We can go back to basics, back to the primary concept. As we step into September, we can start to remember those building blocks that have gotten us here - we can go back to grassroots.
Hello everyone! My name is Logan and I am so excited to be involved in the FIMRC family as the Global Health Volunteer Program Manager! My journey with FIMRC started during my freshman year of college in 2013 when I joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chapter. I am excited to continue my time with FIMRC at HQ!
The Planeta Y Wash Program at Project La Merced is a program that educates community members, especially children, about the status of their water, and how a healthy environment leads to a healthy community. Learn about the three stages of development for the program, and how our Field Officer, Gaelle, has helped to move the process along impacting more children!
We often take our houses for granted. They’re spaces filled with things we use every day without noticing-- plates, water filters (if you live anywhere near Philadelphia), floors that aren’t made of dirt. At Project Limón, we’ve started a Micro Health Insurance Program to turn homes into houses that are healthy environments for families using simple incentives like plates, water filters, and finished floors. Read below to learn more about the program!
Kodaikanal is a beautiful hill station city in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nandu. The city earned its name as “gift of the forest” in Tamil, from its lush nature and mountainous terrain. Despite its natural beauty, health systems have struggled to make progress in serving this community. Malnutrition in children is common, and can lead to many problems for children's health. These issues have led FIMRC to focus on nutrition and medical care in local crèches, a child care center that also incorporate schooling and health services.
In 2002, the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children was founded. For the past fifteen years, we have walked hand in hand toward healthier communities. We started in Alajuelita, Costa Rica and have grown to eight other countries as we gained the experience to expand our model of community participation and volunteer involvement.
Remember Tatiana, our Field Operations Manager in Costa Rica? Remember working with Tatiana in the psychology program? Recently she teamed up with psychologist Andrea Sosa, a Master's student in clinical psychology at the University of Costa Rica to help two sisters showing behavioral problems.
Anna Wu is currently participating in the Summer International Health Fellowship (SIHF) in the Philippines. She is a student at the University of Michigan where she serves as President of the FIMRC Chapter, and has spent the months of June and July participating in clinical, educational, and outreach activities to further FIMRC's mission. During her time abroad, Anna has kept a blog to document all she has experienced; she shared one with FIMRC, reflecting on the relationships she's made.
So many of our volunteers gain so much more than they ever expected by traveling with FIMRC. In addition to the medical exposure, they form lasting relationships with FIMRC staff, community members, and other volunteers. Volunteers learn about a different culture, different families, different ways of problem solving. Even just a week at a FIMRC project site can leave quite the imprint on your heart, and impact so much of your future. So, what can you do when the experience leaves more of an impact on you than you could have anticipated?
Even with summer vacation upon us, our health agents in Restauración have shown commitment to supporting FIMRC's work. Alongside our SIHFers, they have kept busy preparing workshops like this one to engage their peers in health topics through fun and creative activities. The first session was held two weeks ago and touched on healthy relationships.
You've been hearing a lot about all the babies that are born in the maternity ward of the FIMRC Clinic at Project Bududa, but let's take a step back. Why did we need a maternity ward? What has its impact been since its opening in 2016? Through this blog you'll be able to understand why we took this step for this particular project site.