Since 2001, Remote Area Medical - RAM® has provided a free air ambulance to thousands of Amerindian villagers in remote Guyana. RAM’s free Guyana Air Ambulance makes emergency services available to areas where ground vehicles and larger aircraft have no access.
RAM flies its Cessna 206 into 28 different airfields in remote sections of the country. RAM volunteer pilot, Joseph shares about a 2019 expedition into one of these ‘airports.’
“I know the sound of Gunn’s sounds ominous but Gunn’s is the name of an airport 129 nautical miles southeast of Lethem, Guyana. RAM is centered in Region 9 in Southwest Guyana, which is about as big as the State of Delaware. Gunn’s is one of 26 airports in this area that we service. We fly medical personnel, supplies, patients, and caregivers to and from the regional hospital in Lethem. In a first world country, this might not seem to be such a big deal, but in Guyana, the roads, bridges, rivers, mountains and jungle make travel arduous and at times impossible. Mr. Brock’s vision of helping the out of reach people of this region has come to fruition and Gunn’s is a perfect example.
Gunn’s has no direct road that connects it to the outer world. It is reached on the surface by highway, river and foot. Typically, it takes two days to get there from Lethem. Years ago, Dick, his wife Judy, and a party of RAM volunteers hacked a trail from Para Bara to Gunn’s. The trail is long gone. In its place is a beautiful 2300 foot runway which allows, in about an hour and fifteen minutes, to connect to the outside world.
This past week I flew a dentist and her aide to provide a medical outreach to the community on Mosquito Mountain. This village is about four miles from the airstrip. The four-mile trip to the village is an adventure in itself for you cross three precarious bridges and pass through dense foliage to reach the mountain top. There is a health building there with a WiFi connection that makes communication readily available.
This outreach is only made possible by RAM’s ability to fly to this station. Gunn’s is only one of many that allows Remote Area Medical to serve the people of Guyana.”
Your donations will have an impact in the lives of these individuals and families in the remote villages of Guyana. While RAM’s Air Ambulance plane remains grounded and in need of repairs, your continuing support is needed more than ever to help ensure that this vital and life-saving program continues.