I have been on trips and site visits and work with the organization on an on-going basis. The members of the organization are all professional, dedicated people who share their skills, time, and resources on a completely volunteer basis. Besides the many lives that we have been enhanced, I am proud that we have also reached out to other organizations and multiplied our efforts through cooperation and collaboration. I feel that my life has been changed for the better through participating in this very worthwhile work.
I've been the grateful witness of the amazing dedication of the surgical, medical and support teams of Women for World Health. They don't just DREAM, they COMMIT and DO. And the lives of hundreds have been improved as a result. My mission role was administrative so I functioned on the sidelines. While the immediate value, worth, and importance of the patient medical procedures were obvious, I found myself focusing more on the families and wondering how their lives would be changed. Did a sibling decide to become a better student in order to go to medical school? Was a parent’s faith in humanity restored? Were whole communities energized by presence of Women for World Health? The answers are surely Yes, Yes, and Yes. My conclusion is Empowerment begets Empowerment and that’s the “sideline” gift of this work. It was an honor and a privilege to participate.
Working with Women for World Health was an extremely insightful and rewarding experience. The selflessness and dedication of each team member was apparent through their work and attention to each and every patient (we served over 999 patients!). Women For World Health is truly making a difference by reaching out to patients in remote parts of the world and catering to the specific needs of each community.
I went on a medical mission to San Marcos, Guatemala with W4WH. We partnered with a local group and saw patients who were without access to regular medical care.
I have been involved with Women for World Health on a small scale at the office. I have helped with power point presentations, photography, editing, computer work, and anything else where help was needed. I have been impressed with the number of lives positively altered by this small group of caring selfless individuals completed on a shoestring budget. The people benefiting from the medical help have been able to live a more normal life opposed to the chance of a life filled with pain, suffering, and even very premature death. My goal is to continue helping as I have and maybe go on a medical missions where I might assist in any way possible.
As an invited writer, I accompanied the W4WH team on a medical mission to Cuenca, Ecuador where the goal was to do cleft lip/cleft palate surgeries on children, most from indigenous tribes in Ecuador. The team of women worked tirelessly and cheerfully, selflessly, to make these children whole again. I have rarely been so impressed by such collaborative teamwork and an outpouring of love and compassion accompanied by tremendous medical skills. I think this trip changed my life, these women changed my perception of what was possible in terms of humanitarian efforts, and they received no reward or recognition - just the knowledge they had worked together at the highest levels to bring hope and health to children who would otherwise have little chance to thrive in life.
I am an assistant to the president and founder of women for world health. she has opened my eyes to the needs of the children in remote areas of the world that need our medical attention. This organization changes lives for so many. I am truly blessed to be involved.