Located in Tegucigalpa, the Reyes Irene Valenzuela School was founded to eradicate widespread child labor offering primary and secondary accelerated education, health education and healthcare, legal support, and technical and vocational training in computers, textiles, hair design, and other businesses. With over 450 young women enrolled in grades 9-12, the Reyes Irene Valenzuela School helps empower young women and keep them from working the streets of Tegucigalpa.
The school provides an accelerated program of primary and secondary education so students can receive an official high school diploma. They provide vocational instruction in cosmetology, computers, handicrafts, English language, tailoring, computer repair, pharmacy assistant and community health work. All of these are accredited by the Honduran Ministry of Education. The school also conducts workshops in personal health, sexual health, HIV-AIDS prevention, self esteem, leadership and labor rights. The Reyes Irene Valenzuela School has been recognized as one of the top 20 educational programs from among over 30 countries in Latin America.
So far this year, the Reyes Irene Valenzuela School has had 70 high school graduates, 9 primary school graduates, and have sent over 100 graduates are enrolled in universities with over 60 graduates employed in well paying jobs. They have also been selected by the United Nations as one of the “Top 20 Innovative Programs” among 1,200 competing programs from over 30 Latin American countries.
In 2010-2011, HCRF provided 40% of the Reyes Irene Valenzuela School operating budget. Because of all of the wonderful things that this School is providing, it remains a top priority for HCRF.
The DENTON Program
Medical Supplies shipped through Denton Program
The Denton Program, through USAID, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense allows for the use of military cargo planes to transport humanitarian goods. Therefore, it allows for a partnership with the US military and the Honduran military. The Honduran Children’s Rescue Fund pays the costs associated with the application process and shipment. The equipment leaves the Youngstown Air Force Base and is flown to an Air Force Base in Honduras. Most of the equipment sent was provided from Huron Hospital, which has now closed. These materials were not needed locally. The Denton program is low cost, and allows for sustainability through recycling used equipment, and would not be possible without the cooperation of MedWish International.
When the Cleveland Clinic identified a non-digital X-Ray room full of equipment at Medina Hospital that was scheduled for replacement, the Honduran Children’s Rescue Fund and medWish International went to work.
The Santa Rosa Lima Clinic in Nuevo Paraiso, Honduras has been in need of radiology capabilities since it opened. Through many wonderful donations, we were able to secure the X-Ray equipment, ship it to Honduras through the cooperation of the U.S. Military Denton Program & reinstall the equipment to fully operational status at a fraction of the cost of providing new equipment.
Most recently, HCRF, along with Medwish, has sent the largest shipment through the Denton Project needing the use of a C-5 aircraft to transport the equipment. HCRF has secured a mammography unit that is being shipped along with ultrasound machines and additional equipment. With the generous donations, HCRF can continue to secure and ship needed equipment to the Santa Rosa de Lima Clinic. Although the air shipment is provided by the U.S Denton Program, there are still many costs associated with trucking, distribution, installation and setup. With your aid we can leverage these assets, which would have been disposed of in the United States, into lifesaving opportunities for the children of Honduras.
Santa Rosa de Lima Clinic
Dentist at Santa Rosa de Lima Clinic
The Santa Rosa de Lima Clinic is located in Nuevo Paraíso and serves not only the community of Nuevo, but the regional population as well. Inaugurated in 2000, it is a primary-care facility for approximately 60,000 inhabitants. The Santa Rosa de Lima Clinic provides 24 hour emergency medical services, general consultations, dental services, labor and delivery, laboratory services, pharmacy and ambulance services in the nearby rural communities. It is the only medical center in the area. Currently it has three operating rooms, an imaging suite, forty inpatient beds, as well as outpatient clinics.
Upon the Clinic’s inauguration, it had been staffed with doctors that had been sent by the Cuban government. Cuba sends approximately 30,000 doctors abroad to work in underdeveloped communities. Cuban doctors have been stationed in Honduras since 1998 when Hurricane Mitch caused destruction throughout the country. On June 28, 2009, then President Mel Zelaya was seized and expelled to Costa Rica due to plans of a poll he was to run that was deemed unconstitutional by Honduran Congress. Zelaya had very close ties with the Castros and Hugo Chavez. The National Congress met in an emergency session that same day, declared Zelaya was no longer president. Because of this, the clinic was left without any doctors.
HCRF stepped in to try and help rebuild the Santa Rosa de Lima Clinic. Through the DENTON Project, HCRF has sent much needed equipment to the Clinic. HCRF has also paid the salary of the clinic doctor, Doctora Lillian Aracely Montoya Locano. She is a special doctor; not in the sense of a medical specialty such as cardiology but special in the sense that she is the only doctor in Santa Rosa De Lima Clinic, a medical facility that serves about 200,000 people in the mountains of Honduras.
When you are the only doctor in the area you deal with everything and everybody. Emergency cases are often brought first to the clinic. Burns, broken limbs, heart attacks, asthma, diabetic shock, childbirth complications and all the ills of man are likely to come through the door at any time. The patient can be elderly, an adult, an adolescent, a child or an infant.
Not everything is Emergency Medicine for the “Doctora”. She sees patients who are poorly nourished, have intestinal worms, have diabetes, cataracts, glaucoma, dementia and other ailments. She knows the frustration of dealing with a diabetic who has no knowledge or even choice of nutrition and cannot afford the medications necessary to treat the condition for a lifetime. She gives “worm medicine” to a child that will probably go back to his village and be reinfected.
Now the good news! The Honduran Government has been impressed by the work that is being done in the Clinic. With the help of HCRF, Sociedad Amigos de los Ninos has worked on the necessary structural changes and licenses that are needed to certify the Clinic as a Regional Medical Facility. Together, we worked against a check list of requirements for certification. The Santa Rosa de Lima Clinic is now a certified Clinic!
Under the proposal, the Clinic building will remain under the ownership of Sociedad Amigos de los Ninos. The equipment and structure will remain their responsibility. The better the facility the more the personnel support will come from the government.
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