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Review for International Child Care USA Inc, Kalamazoo, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a pediatrician and have been in practice for over 30 years. During that time, I have volunteered with several organizations that are involved in international medical outreach. In the first 10 years of that type of service, I would return home from a trip feeling like our 'team' had simply put a temporary Band-Aid on a huge gaping wound and that the work we did was not sustainable nor empowering to the local healthcare system.
Then I learned about and became involved in volunteering for International Child Care.
ICC does not send healthcare professionals from the US to do the work that the Haitian and Dominican doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers can do. It supports those that are there working every day by helping to meet educational needs, providing in-kind donations with training in their use, financial support in the field while educating those in the US about the lives of those living and working in a close neighboring country. It is truly empowering. .
That was 15 years ago and my husband and I still believe in the work ICC does and support the organization with our monies and our time. And this year the organization celebrates its 50th anniversary, a testament to its history of sustainability

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for International Child Care USA Inc, Kalamazoo, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a US pediatrician and have been a volunteer for International Child Care USA since 2000. I have continued to be committed to supporting ICC for several reasons. I had volunteered with several other organizations prior to 2000 that were involved in international health programming but what has kept me engaged in ICC is its history of sustainability, its focus on empowering the local healthcare community and the programs' emphasis on, not just curative care, but on education and preventive healthcare. The ICC USA staff are dedicated, professional and passionate about their work and seeing that ICC does bring health and wholeness to children and families in Haiti and the DR.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for International Child Care USA Inc, Kalamazoo, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a pediatrician and have participated in international volunteer medical activities for over 20 years. My husband (a radiologist) and I have volunteered in several developing countries, providing short term hands on medical care most often in remote areas. But in working with most of these organizations, I kept feeling like we were just putting a bandaid on a huge gaping wound and at times, possibly even causing harm to the local healthcare systems.
Then in 2000 I had the privilege of visiting International Child Care's programs in Haiti and the DR. It changed my view of international volunteer work and gave me a new direction for my efforts.
In my opinion, ICC serves as a model for effective public health programming that is sustainable and empowers the local healthcare professionals.
My husband and I have become involved as volunteers, supporters and I am presently serving on the ICC USA Board of Directors.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Develop a better system for collaboration between US and ICC affiliated Haitian/Dominical healthcare professionals

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Volunteer