I was fortunate enough to go on a recent volunteer trip to Guatemala with Curamericas. It's one thing to make a monetary donation and see photos of what the money is doing, it's another to experience first hand what the money is doing. Curamericas is doing great work in some of the most isolated and desperate areas in the world. Saving women and babies' lives before/during/after birth is happening in these remote places because of Curamericas work with the local communities. They respect the beliefs and traditions of the locals and let the locals take the lead on making the health clinics their own. The staff at the clinics were very grateful for the support from donors and volunteers. There is great pride and ownership in the community for the health clinics and the lives they are saving. The staff in the US at Curamericas puts their hearts and souls into their work as well. I am a firm believer in lifting up others and Curamericas Global is doing just that.
With all the tension in the world, projects/organizations like Curamericas bring some sanity to all of us. Curamericans is a model for others to follow and build upon.
Curamericas it's a non profit that uses an approach that I admire. The organization works with existing agencies within countries as a partner to improve maternal child health with a cultural sensitivity that is lacking in other organizations. I believe that by working with local people and agencies the impact is greatly enhanced and chances gradually become part of modified cultural norms. I am hoping to go on a volunteer trip with the group next summer to see first hand the impact.
I have been involved with Curamericas since its beginning. Before its official start I was a member of a fundraising effort in Portland, Maine where Dr. Perry was doing his Residency at Maine Medical Center. In the 30+ years since I have watched it grow from a young man's dream to and internationally respected organization.
Curamericas' unique structure delivers healthcare and health information to people in the Americas, Haiti and Africa. It also trains health workers from the host countries to be partners in their own healthcare. Its concentration on maternal and infant health has lowered death rates for mothers and babies.
Many men and women, young and older, have volunteered to build health centers or provide healthcare afor Curamericas projects. Churches and individuals from all over the USA have provided funds. Many of them have supported the work since the beginning.
As I said before Curamericas has been part of my life for many years. There have been many challenges during those years, but the steadfast belief in it's purpose and the devotion of the founders, staff, volunteers and donors have changed the lives of thousands.