Being a social work major I have been exposed to so many different areas and populations in the world we live in. I am beyond grateful for what I have in my life, such as; good health, a loving family, great friends, the ability to obtain an education and have clothes on my back everyday. One of my goals was to travel and see what else is going on in the world by going on a mission trip to another country. I did some research and was able to be linked to an organization that helps reduce the infant mortality rate in Honduras, Little Angels of Honduras, was the name of the organization. I raised the $1,500 all by myself in order to make this goal, a reality.
Once on the mission trip, I was one of 15 individuals who traveled to Honduras on this trip for 7 days. We stayed in places that did not have warm water, so showers were cold and meals had to be specifically made for us because we were not allowed to eat typical Honduran food because it would not sit well in our stomachs. Which made me more grateful for the showers I take and the food I ingest here in the United States.
Throughout the trip, I met nurses and held newborn babies in the NICU of a Honduran hospital and learned about their struggles. That was especially close to my heart because I was born a pre-me just as those babies in the Honduran NICU were. So it opened my eyes to the medical supplies and staff I was lucky enough to have here in Buffalo at children`s hospital as compared to the lack of medical supplies and staff in Honduras. On the trip, myself and the team also helped rebuild, repaint and repair a medical facility in a village that serves roughly 1,500 community members. Those medical facilities are in multiple towns in Honduras because they are much easier to get to rather than traveling 4 hours to the closest hospital. So being apart of making a medical facility safer and stronger for the community members in Honduras, even though it was a small portion of the population, was huge to me. Along the trip we met doctors, nurses, farmers, pregnant mothers, children and fathers. So many people yet so many smiles. Every single individual we met was always smiling or laughing and welcomed us into their culture. Building relationships with these people, seeing a new culture and way of life and making an impact on their life was the biggest reward for me personally.
It warms my heart that I made an impact on at least 1 persons life while in Honduras.
I decided to travel to Honduras with this amazing organization because I wanted a different outlook on life. So many people that I have met in my 21 years on this earth are so stuck on materialistic things and never stop and look at the world around them or the struggles that others are dealing with on a daily basis. I wanted to help this organization by being an advocate for those in other countries who do not have the best medical care, living environments, water sources or the same opportunities that we in the United States do. People complain about the smallest thing but never take a second out of their day to think about real problems someone else could be struggling with.
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