Monday, August 11, 2008

Update: HOPE Volunteers Across the Globe

So far 2008 has been a very busy year for Project HOPE volunteers. Volunteers are an invaluable resource at Project HOPE. These folks donate their time and leave the comforts of their homes to work in places most people can't point to on a map working long hours under some of the most extreme heat conditions. They are flexible and handle any challenges that may come their way while on these missions with a smile on their faces. Below is a run down of the 2008 missions.

March-April - Project HOPE volunteers visited the West African countries of Ghana and Liberia as part of Africa Partnership Station. There they worked side-by-side West African health care providers seeing patients and also providing them with midwifery, emergency and basic health care education.

May-June- Project HOPE volunteers set off aboard the USS Boxer to deliver health care and health professional education to the communities along the western coasts of Latin America. Mission Continuing Promise '08 visited Guatemala, El Salvador, and Peru over 60 days.

June-September- Volunteers joined the crew of the U.S. Navy Hospital Ship Mercy in Southeast Asia in June. The Pacific Partnership '08 mission is currently underway and has already stopped in Vietnam and Timor Leste providing health care and health professional education to communities in need. Pacific Partnership is now in Papua New Guinea and will then head to Micronesia before Project HOPE volunteers return home in September.

August-November- HOPE volunteers are now aboard the USS Kearsarge for a four month mission along the east coast Latin America (second half of Continuing Promise '08). These wonderful health care providers will be visiting the countries of Nicaragua, Panama, and Guyana.

A sincere thank you to all those Project HOPE volunteers past and present.

-Marisol Euceda

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