2016 In Review : What A Year

2016 was a year of continued growth, improvement and dedication to our communities. Without our dedicated staff, community members, Chapters, and nearly 1000 volunteers, none of it would have been possible! Take a look at some of our top highlights from 2016.

Volunteers Have Us Like "WHOA"! In 2016, we hosted 955 individuals at our project sites across the globe. Volunteers worked in our clinics, on our public health campaigns and contributed in so many ways throughout the year. Stay tuned for the 2016 annual report for some of our favorite volunteer highlights of the year! 

Volunteers Have Us Like "WHOA"!

In 2016, we hosted 955 individuals at our project sites across the globe. Volunteers worked in our clinics, on our public health campaigns and contributed in so many ways throughout the year. Stay tuned for the 2016 annual report for some of our favorite volunteer highlights of the year! 

Agents of Change in the Dominican Republic 2016 was all about learning from the previous foundation laid to work with youth in the DR. Agentes de Salud was our answer to a lack of health education in schools and among youth in the community. In September, we began working with a large number of students to provide health education, while creating smaller networks for peer-to-peer education. We'll be evaluating our success in 2017, so check back for updates.

Agents of Change in the Dominican Republic

2016 was all about learning from the previous foundation laid to work with youth in the DR. Agentes de Salud was our answer to a lack of health education in schools and among youth in the community. In September, we began working with a large number of students to provide health education, while creating smaller networks for peer-to-peer education. We'll be evaluating our success in 2017, so check back for updates.

Giving Lots Of Love In Costa Rica! Costa Rica hosts our oldest site at Project Alajuelita, and we really saw the love come through on November 29th. We raised $3,515 to improve the clinic’s medical equipment and provide patients with additional toys in the waiting room to help with therapy and wait times! Thank you for all your support!

Giving Lots Of Love In Costa Rica!

Costa Rica hosts our oldest site at Project Alajuelita, and we really saw the love come through on November 29th. We raised $3,515 to improve the clinic’s medical equipment and provide patients with additional toys in the waiting room to help with therapy and wait times! Thank you for all your support!

We Got Schooled In El Salvador In October, staff began to work with the local public school - a HUGE stride in connecting with the community and local leaders! They hope to improve basic health education as well as improve reproductive health knowledge in the youth. Teen pregnancy rates have been on the rise, and there's no better way to combat the trend than in the school. 

We Got Schooled In El Salvador

In October, staff began to work with the local public school - a HUGE stride in connecting with the community and local leaders! They hope to improve basic health education as well as improve reproductive health knowledge in the youth. Teen pregnancy rates have been on the rise, and there's no better way to combat the trend than in the school. 

Who Eats Guinea Pig? In Huancayo, We Do! In Huancayo, Peru one of the most successful program launches of 2016 was of the Cuy Project, or Guinea Pig Project. It's a program aimed at decreasing anemia and malnutrition in families of the Aco community. It's been such a huge hit, we're planning expansion to other outlying communities and with some of our orphanage partners as well in 2017.

Who Eats Guinea Pig? In Huancayo, We Do!

In Huancayo, Peru one of the most successful program launches of 2016 was of the Cuy Project, or Guinea Pig Project. It's a program aimed at decreasing anemia and malnutrition in families of the Aco community. It's been such a huge hit, we're planning expansion to other outlying communities and with some of our orphanage partners as well in 2017.

We're Diagnosing Growth In Nicaragua Project Limón just keeps getting better and better! We added psychological services in October. In November, they were able to begin lab services on Fridays at the FIMRC clinic, which will help patients avoid having to travel to another clinic, saving time AND money! They also formed a new partnership with a pharmacy in Managua that allows us to buy TWICE the amount of medications for patients. We'd say that's a win!

We're Diagnosing Growth In Nicaragua

Project Limón just keeps getting better and better! We added psychological services in October. In November, they were able to begin lab services on Fridays at the FIMRC clinic, which will help patients avoid having to travel to another clinic, saving time AND money! They also formed a new partnership with a pharmacy in Managua that allows us to buy TWICE the amount of medications for patients. We'd say that's a win!

Our Summer Health Fellowship Was Off The Hook! Another record was broken this year in the FIMRC family. We had 145 Summer International Health Fellows travel to our project sites in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Peru, India, Uganda and the Philippines. They learned, they gave back, and they bonded like never before. Read more about their impact here. 

Our Summer Health Fellowship Was Off The Hook!

Another record was broken this year in the FIMRC family. We had 145 Summer International Health Fellows travel to our project sites in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Peru, India, Uganda and the Philippines. They learned, they gave back, and they bonded like never before. Read more about their impact here

You Got That Right, We Now Work In Ecuador! Our newest project site hit the ground running, having its first volunteers, Jessica Wade and Olivia Keane, in May help with the beginning of the community census. We had over 40 local community volunteers end up helping with the census where over 7500 people were surveyed to help build out the programming for FIMRC! There are BIG plans for Anconcito in 2017, and we can't wait to take you along as the site continues to grow.

You Got That Right, We Now Work In Ecuador!

Our newest project site hit the ground running, having its first volunteers, Jessica Wade and Olivia Keane, in May help with the beginning of the community census. We had over 40 local community volunteers end up helping with the census where over 7500 people were surveyed to help build out the programming for FIMRC! There are BIG plans for Anconcito in 2017, and we can't wait to take you along as the site continues to grow.

A New Home In Uganda Our clinic in Project Bududa opened in May, and has been adding services ever since. It's our biggest facility, boasting primary care services, a maternity ward, space for in-patient services and a community health pavilion. We've doubled our clinic staff and will continue to see measured growth in 2017. Seeing over 2000 patients a month, we keep busy in Bududa!

A New Home In Uganda

Our clinic in Project Bududa opened in May, and has been adding services ever since. It's our biggest facility, boasting primary care services, a maternity ward, space for in-patient services and a community health pavilion. We've doubled our clinic staff and will continue to see measured growth in 2017. Seeing over 2000 patients a month, we keep busy in Bududa!

In La Merced, We Love A Good Toilet Working with the Belen community in La Merced, Peru, has been an incredible opportunity for FIMRC staff and volunteers alike. In October big progress was made -- a composting toilet was installed! This will help not only in the public health sector, but also will have a positive environmental impact within the community.

In La Merced, We Love A Good Toilet

Working with the Belen community in La Merced, Peru, has been an incredible opportunity for FIMRC staff and volunteers alike. In October big progress was made -- a composting toilet was installed! This will help not only in the public health sector, but also will have a positive environmental impact within the community.

2016 Went Up In Smoke In India This year Project Kodaikanal installed chimneys in houses of children who attend the creches as well as community members in need. These chimneys have a huge impact on safety in the household and preventing respiratory infections.We've dedicated funding to additional stove construction in 2017, so be on the lookout for a wider reaching impact.

2016 Went Up In Smoke In India

This year Project Kodaikanal installed chimneys in houses of children who attend the creches as well as community members in need. These chimneys have a huge impact on safety in the household and preventing respiratory infections.We've dedicated funding to additional stove construction in 2017, so be on the lookout for a wider reaching impact.

Chapters Make FIMRC Go Round! 2016 was a HUGE year for Chapters. We've learned more about local community involvement, international travel to our project sites and ways in which Chapters keep the FIMRC family feel alive this year than ever before. 

Chapters Make FIMRC Go Round!

2016 was a HUGE year for Chapters. We've learned more about local community involvement, international travel to our project sites and ways in which Chapters keep the FIMRC family feel alive this year than ever before. 

Taking Collaboration To A Whole New Level In The Philippines 2016 was a year of new successes in the Philippines. We strengthened our work and partnerships with the University of Philippines College of Medicine, continued our community work, but also expanded to Manila. One such partnership is with the Cancer Institute in the Philippines General Hospital. 

Taking Collaboration To A Whole New Level In The Philippines

2016 was a year of new successes in the Philippines. We strengthened our work and partnerships with the University of Philippines College of Medicine, continued our community work, but also expanded to Manila. One such partnership is with the Cancer Institute in the Philippines General Hospital. 

 

Wondering how that's different from 2015? Read all about our year of growth in 2015 by clicking below to read our 2015 Annual Report. Don't worry - we're already working on our 2016 report and can't wait to share it!

 

2016 was indeed another amazing year. THANK YOU to each and every one of you who continues to support, volunteer, follow and make a difference, both locally and abroad. We wouldn't be where we are today without you!