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 Hunger  Honduras Project #28062

Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children

by Shoulder to Shoulder, Inc.
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Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children
Eliminate Malnutrition for 2,800 Honduran Children

Rain Water Collection, Library, and Vacation Bible School -- 2016

The First Presbyterian Church of Chili (New York) made our first trip to Honduras in 2016. Our mission was to build a rain water collecting system, build a library and provide a vacation bible school program for the children at the Good Shepard Bilingual School in Camasca Honduras. While we were there, God revealed a new need for our church to address. On this trip we learned that the area has virtually no vision care. We learned that kids drop out of school when they are unable to see the board or read their books. We learned that access to vision care was very limited.

Vision for Camasca -- 2018

This led to our second mission and the official “Vision for Camasca” project!   By God’s grace, our church returned to Honduras in 2018. Hundreds of patients lined up for vision screens and glasses! We connected with two separate organizations -- Shoulder to Shoulder and the Lion’s Club. We stood as a bridge between these two organizations with a hope and prayer that together something would grow.

From the beginning, the dream was to build a self-sustaining access to vision care.

Collaboration with Project HEAL -- Summer 2019

Over the summer of 2019, our church worked collaboratively with a student from Duke University’s Project HEAL team. Brian was completing college credits through a learning abroad opportunity between Shoulder to Shoulder and Duke University. He did a great job collecting data and helping to increase knowledge about the Lion’s Club in La Esperanza to the people of Camasca and surrounding areas. Brian confirmed a need for education and awareness around vision care and services.

It’s hard to put to words how this next project came about. But, imagine a whirl wind of emails, text messages, and spotty international conference calls where we shouted over the pounding rain of Honduras and redialed again and again when internet dropped the call. In this beautiful chaotic exchange, a new idea was developed --   to bridge a communication gap by providing a continuing education opportunity for Health Promotors throughout the region of Intibucá. Or, in other words, a FIELD TRIP!!

Field Trip – Fall 2019

Health promotors work within the community health centers providing regular presentations on health topics to the people throughout the seven town region of southern Intibucá. With lots a wonderful support from Shoulder to Shoulder, we were able to coordinate a continuing education field trip for health promoters to La Esperanza. This trip included eye exams for all, a tour of the Lion’s Club Clinic, and educational materials for them to use in their community presentations.   Word of mouth and first hand experiences are the best teaching opportunities. These health promotors will take their experience and new knowledge back their communities to share. This extends the reach of the vision mission well beyond what we could do on our own.     

Update from Minsis (Shoulder to Shoulder employee)

The event was attended by 22 promoters and 3 supervisors. Each of them was excited to have the opportunity to offer one more project to the communities they work with. Likewise, the members of the Lion’s Club were happy to make new alliances that would allow them to continue serving the communities of Intibucá.

We rented a bus, and arrived in La Esperanza. The Lion’s Club staff made known what they are doing in the five areas in which they work: sight, childhood cancer, hunger, diabetes, and the environment. They focused on their vision services. Health Promoters asked many questions about all the services. After that, all of the Health Promoters had an eye exam; five needed glasses. Plus, one needs eye surgery, and the Lion’s Club will make the necessary arrangements for that to happen. We ended the morning with a delicious lunch, and then back on the bus for the 2 hour trip back home.

Follow-up: I contacted the coordinators of the promoters to ask them about the project. I was told that everything is going well. In some communities, they have found up to 3 to 4 people who need eye services, and they were referred to the Lion’s Club.

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Volunteer Lizzie Distributing Water Filters
Volunteer Lizzie Distributing Water Filters

Thank to donations from the Wisconsin Rapids Rotary Sunrise Club, Shoulder to Shoulder was able to purchase 33 water filters.

The water filters were given out to 33 families who participate in our Childhood Nutrition program -- a program in which children from 6 months to 5 years of age are given monthly micronutrient supplements.  These supplements, called Chispuditos, help to prevent stunting, malnutrition, anemia, and other health problems.  The addition of water filters will ensure that the children are drinking clean water, and thus reducing the incidence of diarrhea and other stomach ailments which are so deadly to young children.

A special thanks to our intern, Lizzie Morris, for taking responsibility for this distribution.  Thanks, Lizzie!  (Lizzie is the smiling American in the photo above.)

The staff reported that the families were so excited to get the filters, that they waited 2 hours for the filters to arrive!!  (As you may know, the roads are largely unpaved, and we had a bit of difficulty with the transportation.  But, the filters finally arrived!)

A great big THANK YOU to the Wisconsin Rapids Rotary Club and to all who support StS's Nutrition Program.

Families Proudly Carrying Their Water Filters Home
Families Proudly Carrying Their Water Filters Home

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Note:  Even though Dr. Jan Tepe is writing about DENTAL services -- the children she writes about are the same children who are in StS's nutrition program.

It was a trip I’d wanted to do for nearly ten years. We had heard about a community in the area of San Marcos de Sierra that was “the poorest of the poor”. We’d already established school dental health programs in Santa Lucia and Concepcion and wondered what could be next. I mentioned the possibility of visiting this community, the poorest of the poor, called Delicias, to Laura Manship some months ago. She herself had made the hike and cautiously discouraged us from trying to get there. It’s a long and difficult hike, up one side of a mountain and then down the other side. We discussed the obstacles of the hike with our group – two dental hygienists, the Honduran dentist and her assistant, a public health dentist, and our two drivers/guides. Everyone agreed to the plan. The trek began at 4:00 am when the truck arrived to meet us near the square in Concepcion. After a half hour or so on the main road we turned onto the dirt road. For the next hour we bumped and bounced over ruts and rocks, up hills so steep I didn’t think it was possible for a vehicle to climb. So this is what four wheel drive is for! In 20 years of travel to Honduras, these roads were as bad as any I’d ever seen.

Eventually, the road ended and the two trucks were tucked in close to an embankment. We donned our backpacks filled with dental supplies and water and set out. The path up begins somewhat wide with sharp drop-offs to the valley. Ahead of us was a Honduran woman in a dress and sandals carrying a box that was held by a nylon net looped over her forehead and hanging down her back. Our group spread out, each of us stopping as necessary to catch our breath and admire the spectacular scenery. The sun had come up and it was a beautiful day. The woman disappeared from sight and presumably took a shortcut too steep for us, but we later saw her on the other side of the mountain. Up, up, up, through a narrow ridge with scrubby foliage where the terrain fell off on both sides. 

After 2 hours we were rewarded with the sight of the village. This isn’t your normal village. We saw three buildings – a public health clinic, a school, and a small pulperia. People in this area live tucked away, far from one another. We set up our supplies outside the school and waited until the children and their parents arrived. There is no electricity in Delicias and little contact with the outside world. The people are neat and clean with little girls wearing dresses and mothers wearing homemade dresses and sandals. Dra. Idalia gave a talk, discussing how to brush teeth, why we brush teeth, diet, and what we planned to do.

And what exactly did we plan? Well, after each child had brushed their teeth, we examined their teeth and applied a material called silver diamine fluoride (SDF) to areas of decay. SDR kills the bacteria in the cavity and stops the decay. Sometimes this require two or three applications. The downside is that the areas of decay turn black. The upside is it is painless, requires no injection, and the teeth are saved. This material in gaining popularity, especially in developing countries. After seeing first hand the difficulties in simply getting to this community, we understood why these people cannot come to our clinic and also why it would be impossible to get portable equipment to them.

The kids and parents were great. Of the 50 or so children that we saw, only one little guy about 4 years old screamed his head off. The others patiently waited in line and then compliantly opened their mouths while we strange looking, tall, pale people dabbed stuff on their teeth.

Shortly before noon we left Delicias to do the hike in reverse. If up the mountain was strenuous, down the mountain was scary, with steep switchbacks every 15 feet or so and loose scree. Walking on marbles, down a playground slide would describe it. The way back was no easier, but somehow the way home always seems shorter. We have a new appreciation for the lives of the people on the other side of the moutain.

Jan Tepe, DDS, in Delicias, Intibuca, Honduras
Jan Tepe, DDS, in Delicias, Intibuca, Honduras
Delicias, Intibuca, Honduras
Delicias, Intibuca, Honduras
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Ronald Quintero first Honduran to summit Mt Denali
Ronald Quintero first Honduran to summit Mt Denali

Ronald Quintero set two goals:

1)  To climb Mt. Denail

2)  To raise $5000 for Shoulder to Shoulder's Nutrition Program.

Here is what he recently wrote:

Me enorgullece anunciar que el 29 de mayo a las 5:52 p.m. hora local de Alaska, obtuve una cumbre exitosa del Monte Denali con una altura de 20,310 pies / 6,190 m. Esta ha sido la escalada más dura que he hecho hasta hoy en día y quiero dedicarla a los niños de Honduras. Gracias a todos y a todos por los bellos mensajes! Yo me encuentro bien, haciendo mi retorno a casa para recuperarme.

Ronald Quintero//

 English translation: 

I’m proud to announce that on May 29 at 5:52PM local Alaska time, I had a successful summit of Mount Denali with an elevation of 20,310 ft / 6,190 m. This has been the toughest climb I have ever done and I want to dedicate it to the children of Honduras. Thank you to each and everyone for the uplifting messages. I’m doing great & headed home for recovery.

 

Ronald met his first goal.  Won't you help him to reach his second goal? 

 

Federación Hondureña de Deportes de Montaña y Escalada
June 4
Felicitamos al montañista hondureño Ronald Quintero, que este 29 de mayo a las 5:52 p.m. hora local de Alaska, ha llegado a la cima del Monte Denali con una altura de 6,190 msnm, siendo el primer hondureño en estar en esa montaña. Esta es la cuarta montaña de su proyecto de las 7 cumbres del mundo. 

El monte Denali (anteriormente denominado monte McKinley) es la montaña más alta de América del Norte, con una altitud de 6190 metros. Está situado en la cordillera de Alaska, en el centro-sur del estado de Alaska (Estados Unidos). A pesar de no ser uno de los más altos del mundo, el desnivel que hay que superar (unos 4000 m desde el campo base), junto a las bajas temperaturas, dada su cercanía al círculo polar ártico, hacen del Denali uno de los picos más complicados de ascender. El nombre Denali significa «el Grande» en las lenguas atabascanas.  En hora buena Ronald:  muchos éxitos en tus próximos proyectos….
English translation:

We congratulate the Honduran mountaineer Ronald Quintero, who this May 29 at 5:52 p.m. local time of Alaska, has reached the top of Mount Denali with a height of 6,190 meters, being the first Honduran to summit that mountain. This is the fourth mountain of his project to climb  the 7 highest summits of the world.

Mount Denali (formerly called Mount McKinley) is the highest mountain in North America, with an altitude of 6190 meters. It is located in the mountain range of Alaska, in the center-south of the state of Alaska (the United States). Despite not being one of the highest in the world, the slope that must be overcome (about 4000 m from the base camp), together with the low temperatures, given its proximity to the Arctic Circle, make the Denali one of the peaks more complicated to ascend. The name Denali means "the Great" in the Atabascan languages.  Ronald:  many successes in your next projects ....

 

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Mother and 3 children January 2019
Mother and 3 children January 2019

The MANI 5 Extension grant started on September 1, 2018. It was designed as a 12 month project, with an ending date of August 30, 2019.

Starting at the beginning of September, Shoulder to Shoulder worked with the Mathile Institute to place an order of Chispuditos with Alimentos (the company in Guatemala that produces the product).  The order was meant to provide enough Chispuditos for the October 2018 and January 2019 distributions. Unfortunately, due to a problem with the testing of the product, the delivery of the product was delayed for two months. This meant that there was NO DISTRIBUTION of Chispuditos in October 2018, as should have happened.

Once the testing problem was resolved, a new problem arose – due to changes in the Honduran government, Alimentos was not allowed to transport the product into Honduras. The problem was finally resolved in January 2019, with Alimentos contracting with another company to bring the product into Honduras. The Chispuditos arrived at StS’s clinic the 3rd week of January. Our staff worked hard, and by the first week of Feb, all families received their 3 bags of Chispuditos.

We were succesfully able to get the micronutrient product delivered to the 2800 children due to the collaboration between our 2 MANI project staff and 23 Community Health Workers.  This project is truly a "community effort." 

 

Mother and youngest child January 2019
Mother and youngest child January 2019
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