Chapters drive busiest spring break in FIMRC’s history (March 2010)
March is always an exciting time at our international volunteer sites due to the many groups of students who travel during their break from school, but Spring Break 2010 broke all records, totaling 185 volunteers across six sites in Central and South America. We were thrilled to host volunteers from the following chapters:
- Virginia Tech
- University of Michigan
- Emory University
- Northwestern University
- University of Illinois
- Wabash College
- Rutgers University
- Roger Williams University
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- Missouri State University
- University of California – San Diego
- Ohio State University
- University of California – Berkeley
- University of Michigan-Dearborn
- Clemson University
Volunteers shadowed and assisted medical professionals in facilities ranging from small primary care clinics to large government hospitals. The volunteers’ impact was felt far beyond the walls of these facilities when they ventured into the community to perform activities including preventative health education lessons, vaccination campaigns, house calls, and community surveys. We thank our volunteers for their service and hope they had a wonderful time abroad!
Adopt-a-Project initiative going strong (March 2010)
At the beginning of the 2009-2010 year, our chapters came forward to pledge support for FIMRC projects of their choice. Thanks to the incredible generosity and tireless work of students around the country, chapters have begun to yield impressive results. We’re pleased to announce several standout accomplishments from recent weeks:
- University of Michigan raised $9,000 for the expansion of clinical services at FIMRC’s project site in Limon, Nicaragua, making them the highest fundraisers in our Chaptership network so far this year!
- Clemson University raised $500 for the purchase of anti-lice supplies to respond to an ongoing need among community members in Limon, Nicaragua. Eight chapter members traveled on a volunteer mission trip to Limon this March, where they conducted a community-wide lice campaign, educating children on lice prevention and giving individual treatments to children in need.
- University of Minnesota made a wonderful impact on our site in Bumwalukani, Uganda, raising $750 to go toward the purchase of clinic medicines. Through supply drives on campus, they collected several boxes of first aid supplies, which have since been delivered to our clinic site in Uganda, where they are helping our clinic staff respond to urgent patient needs.
- Yeshiva University, after seeing firsthand the need for clean water in rural Nicaraguan communities during their January 2010 FIMRC mission trip, pooled their funds to purchase a water tank for a neighboring clinic lacking a proper clean water system.
- St. Louis College of Pharmacy raised nearly $500 to support the launch of FIMRC’s Mobile Clinic project in the rural Peruvian community of Agallpampa.
We thank these chapters and numerous others for their generous commitment to children’s health!
Busy winter planned for volunteers (November 2009)
Over the course of only five weeks this coming winter, plans are in place to host 24 different volunteer groups of undergraduate and medical students at eight medical sites across Central America, South America, Africa, and Asia. Clinical activities will include assisting with the intake of patients, taking vital statistics of patients, and distributing medication. Some groups will conduct house calls, while others will shadow physicians in large government hospitals. All will form lasting relationships with children and families receiving care at FIMRC’s facilities. Our volunteers’ impact will be felt far beyond the walls of FIMRC’s clinics, as activities are also planned to conduct educational health outreach to children in schools, soup kitchens, and orphanages.
Chapters pledge support to FIMRC projects (September 2009)
The Chaptership Program’s second annual Adopt-a-Project initiative was launched for the 2009-2010 year, and chapter response has surpassed all expectations! This year, chapters at schools and institutions nationwide will work toward individual goals to support a FIMRC medical site of their choice. Projects include raising funds for HIV test kits in Uganda, collecting first aid supplies for FIMRC’s Costa Rica clinic, and even collecting gear for a newly formed kids’ baseball league in Nicaragua. Chapters will spend the year striving toward their goals through fundraising events and supply drives on campus, and many will send groups of volunteers to our international sites to deliver supplies in person!
Chapters raise funds for Uganda clinic (August 2009)
Five chapters from around the country– from high school to pharmacy school – recently came together to support FIMRC’s clinic in Bumwalukani, Uganda. The University of Virginia chapter raised $1000 for the purchase of crucial surgical instruments; the University of Texas-Austin and University of Michigan chapter together raised over $3,000 to build a Community Health Pavilion on the clinic grounds to serve as a home base for FIMRC’s preventative health classes; the Monsignor Donovan High School chapter in Toms River, NJ raised over $500, an amount which was supplemented by a $170 contribution from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy chapter to purchase a full set of visual aids and educational materials. We thank these chapters for sharing FIMRC’s vision of people from all walks of life uniting to accomplish a healthier global community!