Being Part of Something Bigger, as Something Smaller

Comm·un·it·y (noun): a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals

Synonyms: collective, group, population

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FIMRC is community. We walk hand in hand toward healthier communities every day, and have been for fifteen years. These communities have become our families. They have taught us lessons, wisdom, and patience. They are the reason why we will and are able to continue our mission every day.

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Our approach to development is based on the idea that our programming and activities should be created with the needs expressed by the community as our guide. Each day, we collaborate with communities around the world to build sustainable change and impact these communities in a way that fosters a sense of self-empowerment. These populations are able to take charge of their own health and learn ways to better manage disease and lifestyle.

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Project Anconcito’s establishment in Ecuador is a prime example of this approach in action. Our work in Anconcito began with a 3-month, thorough community health census. The census was performed by local community members, for local community members. As needs were identified, interests in FIMRC grew, and programs quickly began to see regular participants. Programs focused on access, education, and participation have adapted and grown over the past 16 months - all due to the efforts of Project Anconcito’s community .

Last month our young local volunteer, Ariel, planned and implemented a "Chicas Maravillas and Chicos Superman" club in his own neighborhood. He worked with 27 children in his neighborhood on a shortened version of our youth club, doing activities on hygiene, nutrition, prevention of drug and alcohol use, and goal setting.

Last month our young local volunteer, Ariel, planned and implemented a "Chicas Maravillas and Chicos Superman" club in his own neighborhood. He worked with 27 children in his neighborhood on a shortened version of our youth club, doing activities on hygiene, nutrition, prevention of drug and alcohol use, and goal setting.

The mission of FIMRC would not be possible without community. Our staff, both globally and in HQ, work side by side to build our programs and services to reach more people in need of care. Our volunteers commit themselves to making a difference, working alongside staff and locals to educate and care for communities. And, most importantly, the local populations grant us with the insight to join them in creating ways to provide access for those who do not have it, and education to those who need it. For fifteen years we have bridged communities, and we hope to continue for years to come.

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