The Honduran Children’s Rescue Fund is a partner with Helping Hands for Honduras. This organization is based in Honduras but is also a U.S Tax-Exempt 501-(c) 3 corporation. The mission of Helping Hand for Honduras is to identify children with medical conditions that cannot be done in Honduras and arrange treatment. These are often babies born with heart defects, but many other conditions are detected. Initially, “Helping Hands” found pro bono treatment for these children at hospitals in the U.S. The Honduran Children’s Rescue Fund assisted in hosting the patient and parent during the surgical stay that averaged three weeks. While the results were excellent, this proved to be a very costly procedure and the displacement of the child and parent from their family and their normal environment proved difficult. This method is still used for exceptional cases but “Helping Hands” has been able to recruit surgical brigades consisting of pediatric heart surgeons and their teams to perform the more common procedures in Honduras.
Since Honduran hospitals usually lack the equipment and supplies for specialized surgery the brigade teams must bring everything with them. The Honduran Children’s Rescue Fund works with MedWish International, a Cleveland, OH based organization, that collects surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals in Northeast Ohio and makes them available to facilities in Emerging Countries. The only cost to the user for the needed items is freight. The U. S Government Denton Program allows humanitarian goods to be shipped on U.S. Air Force Cargo planes provided there is a qualified shipper and receiver. The Honduran Children’s Rescue Fund has obtained qualification status for MedWish and Helping Hands for Honduras to serve in these capacities. While the international freight is at no cost, the Honduran Children’s Rescue Fund pays local freight costs. Because of this program hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical equipment and supplies have been shipped to Honduras for use by the surgical brigades and many Honduran hospitals and clinics. Working with other organizations helps leverage the impact the Honduran Children’s Rescue Fund has to help needy children in the care of Sociedad Amigos de los Niňos. Please visit their website for more information: www.handsforhonduras.org
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