Medic Outpost, Inc.
Global Giving Report
December 27, 2019
Dear Medic Outpost Family,
I wish you all a very happy and prosperous holiday season. I will be sending out a more detailed report in the newsletter after the first of the year but I wanted to update you on some of the news. Our goals for 2020 are going to be to grow the Medic Outpost base and bring more supporters into the effort. A focus for 2020 will be to grow our recurring donor program to help provide a more even funding over the course of the year.
How can you help in other ways? We need help in just about every area. If you have time or any skills that would push our goals forward, we would very much appreciate talking to you. Areas we need help in would include accounting, marketing and fundraising, event planning, medical training, and social media. How is that for a start? I will be moving to Houston after the first of the year to work on growing the organization and I am hoping that Medic Outpost will flourish in the “big city”.
The project is gaining steam with our partnership with the Thraraka Nithi rescue team. Please see the last newsletter for some photos. They are a great bunch of men and women and run over a 100 calls a month with one functioning fire truck and no medical equipment or training to speak of. Medic Outpost has done one week of training with them and the plan is to return with some equipment and provide more advanced training in early March. We are trying to help them find some donated equipment such as an old ambulance and fire equipment so if you know anyone that I can contact on that please contact me. The Kenyan government has committed to paying for the overseas shipping on these items which makes this impossible task seem more likely.
Medic Outpost is still working on our projects with Kibugua Health Center and other rural clinics. We have run into a bureaucratic snag on which direction we need to go to provide the more advanced training we had started. I will keep you posted on that journey.
Projects in Mexico will be a big focus for 2020. I will be traveling there this month along with Dr. Garcia. We will be meeting and coordinating with Doctors from the state of Guerrero to begin a program in a remote and underserved area in the mountains.
Why Mexico? A couple of reasons. One is that Medic Outpost has been pretty successful in acquiring donated emergency medical equipment from organizations in the U.S. . The equipment is much easier to get to Mexico than elsewhere. We can stretch our dollars and provide more benefit in remote areas than some other places. Secondly, we have Dr. Garcia to help us in our efforts. Dr. Garcia will be joining us full time after the first of the year to grow and develop the Medic Outpost programs in the county. We are extremely lucky to have him on board and are looking forward to working with him in 2020.
As I said, I will be moving to Houston on January 1, 2020. No administrative costs are being incurred by the move. There will be small costs of changing printed material but nothing large. The telephone and emails will remain the same for the present and the mailing address will be the following:
110 West 4th Street
Houston, Texas. 77007
If you are a recurring donor….please accept my thanks….and I would appreciate it if you would contact your bank and make that change. Mail forwarding is in place for the short term so all should be fine.
Dr. Garcia will joining us full time as of January 1st, 2020. Dr. Garcia will receive a small stipend from Medic Outpost to cover his costs of working with us but he is essentially donating his time. I hope all of you will have a chance to meet him as we work on some fundraising events in the future. Dr. Gracias qualifications were given in the newsletter a couple of months ago but if you would like to know more about them please let me know and I will send them to you directly.
Medic Outpost will continue to use Global Giving and gofundme as our two online based fundraising programs. Each of these platforms charge fees for usage so we are encouraging anyone who would like to donate directly to do so at our new address or contact me for the best means to do that.
A simple thank you
I would like to thank everyone who has supported and helped Medic Outpost grow in 2019. With everyone’s help we have managed to build a small foundation that will grow solid in the future. I know there are hundreds of organizations out there asking for and needing help. The fact that you have chosen to help the Medic Outpost is humbling and we will do everything in our power to make you proud of your choice. It has been an eye opener for me on how difficult it can be to make it to the second year. Without each of you being a part of Medic Outpost we would not be here now. We will do our best to keep you informed and updated on what we are doing with your assistance. I would also encourage you to get involved at whatever level you can. I am hoping to develop a framework where we can invite you to go along and participate on the ground in the projects we are involved in.
I wish you all a great New Year and please help spread the word on what we are doing. Thank you.