Walking Hand-in-Hand for Fifteen Years Toward Healthier Communities

Ex·pe·ri·enced (adj.): “having knowledge or skill in a particular field...gained over a period of time”

Synonyms: knowledgeable, skillful, expert, accomplished

A stone’s throw from some of the  most popular tourist destinations in the Western Hemisphere, a tiny community of mostly refugees and immigrants lives and works. This community, called Alajuelita, is made up of people trying to make a better life for themselves and their children but struggling against a healthcare system that was built to keep them out.  It is here, fifteen years ago, that an idea for a partnership-based nonprofit was born.

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.

We have learned and we have grown, and now work in nine countries and ten communities. These fifteen years have been exactly what we need to gain the experience to speak with knowledge and wisdom about the journey of development and what it means to be a nonprofit that works to make the world a healthier place by partnering with communities and listening to the local needs and expertise. We can now, with confidence, call ourselves experienced.

For fifteen years, volunteers from around the world have traveled to our sites to witness what it looks like when an organization walks hand in hand with a community toward  health. This is the FIMRC experience - having a stake in and being a part of something much larger than yourself.

If you’d like to be a part of the FIMRC experience, check it out at fimrc.org/volutneer.For more on Project Alajuelita (mentioned above), go here. For more on the FIMRC journey and an overview on our history, check out our founder talking about us here.