I have now visited Bangladesh and our partner, Symbiosis, multiple times. In each of these visits I have been so impressed by the level of high quality programs that are being pursued to care for the most marginalized persons living in Bangladesh. The other remarkable thing that is happening with Symbiosis is that they are doing all of this work in a culture of less than 1% Christianity. They have found a way to do their work collectively with all religions working together and culturally appropriate. There are outstanding people working together with great love and I'm excited to continue working with Symbiosis in the near future. You can learn more about their programs at: http://symbiosis-int.org
I continue to work with the Convention Hospital outside of Cap Haitian, Haiti and the many programs that they have developed. One of these programs is a respite home for children with disabilities. I have brought a colleague from Thailand who has great skills in this area to help consult and continue to look for other volunteers to help. You can learn more about the hospital or respite center at: https://hopehealthaction.org/our-work/disability-care
There are more than 70 ministries associated with the House of Hope, including medical, dental, at-risk children, solar power, special needs children, gardening projects and others. They are also involved with sustainability through the building of Cob Houses. I continue to work with the House of Hope and travel to Cochabamba with teams each year. If you are interested in working with me on one of these trips, please contact me.
AMOS is our partner in Nicaragua and the work of my colleagues, Drs. Laura and David Parajon. They are working with Community Health Workers to train them to work with disease prevention such as Zika, malaria and malnutrition. They also help to train communities about clean water and hygiene. Through AMOS, they offer training for international health workers and those interested in learning more about international public health. If you would like to learn about this training program, see: http://www.amoshealth.org/intern-with-amos/
Medical Mission Trip to Bolivia!
I continue to be asked to raise a medical mission team for Bolivia and so would ask you to contact me if you are interested. I am open to bringing a physical therapy/occupational therapy ONLY team as well as a normal medical outreach team. I have no particular dates at this time but will set dates as I get volunteers. Please contact me if you would like to be part of one of these teams. I often look for medical teams for the month of January or February.
The Satribari Nursing School in Guwahati, India has a great reputation for producing nurse midwives and associate-level trained nurses. They now have a dream of becoming the first Christian Bachelor's nursing program in the entire state of Assam and have asked for my help in achieving that dream. We are working with the staff to develop their plan and bring alongside partners and donors who also see the value of Christian education. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about this project.