My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Tandana Foundation, Spring Valley, OH, USA
Wow. What an incredible week for the entire Tandana staff and Health Care Volunteer Ventures team in Ecuador.
Five action-packed days. Five incredible communities. Hundreds of lives touched.
Patients who received medical care: 222
Patients who received dental care: 257
Pediatric check-ups: 257
Pharmacy orders made: 387
Total referrals: 85
Total patients seen: 672
My name if Matt Graves and I am 23-year old business school graduate from Canada. I’m thrilled to share my recap and final thoughts on my time spent with the Tandana Foundation’s Health Care Volunteer Venture (HCVV).
This past week, more than 20 volunteers from Canada, the United States, and Ecuador, joined the Tandana team to provide much needed medical and dental care to the rural Ecuadorian communities of Minas Chupa, Tangali, Panecillo, Urkusiki, and Cutambi.
The week began on Sunday, March 24th with an orientation for the group of volunteers to get to know each other and practice their roles within Tandana’s mobile healthcare system that is brought to each community.
Depending on each person’s professional background, experience, and preference, each member of the HCVV team was assigned a role between:
- Providers (Physicians & Dentists)
- Provider Assistants
- Medical Scribes
- Vitals Attendants
- Intake Attendants
- Pediatric Attendants
While staying at the beautiful Casa Latitud hotel throughout the week, the HCVV team traveled by bus every morning to one of the five destination communities. Upon arrival, the team would setup the necessary stations to prepare for the first wave of children and adults from around the community who were ready to be seen.
Children get a short break from school and are brought by their teachers to receive medical and dental check-ups. Every adults from the community is encouraged to receive health and dental care at no cost from our team of physicians and dentists.
The communities graciously provided the volunteers an amazing lunch part way through each of the days. It was incredible to witness the strength of the communities’ relationship with the Tandana Foundation – a product of more than 12 years of grassroots efforts working with the same individuals and families, in this specific same region of Ecuador.
What impressed me the most throughout the week, was witnessing the depth of care that Tandana provides to the communities – not only during the HCVV program itself, but afterwards as well.
Tandana’s patient follow-up program ensures that all patients who are referred to a specialist for additional care are supported by the Tandana team as they navigate the cumbersome national health care system of Ecuador.
Monetary donations received by the Tandana foundation are often put directly towards critical health care costs that come up during the follow-on care provided by specialists at Ecuador’s hospitals.
Being able to witness first-hand the operational-side of an NGO like Tandana was eye-opening. So much was accomplished in one short week, with a small group of people, and minimal funding.
This is truly an organization that makes the most of every single resource to deeply impact the lives of hundreds of Ecuadorian community members – and an extended period (12 years and counting).
Thank you to the Tandana Foundation for the opportunity to immerse myself in a beautiful new culture, and help provide care to some amazing people who I will definitely be seeing again soon in a future HCVV.
I plan to share my experiences with all of my family and friends back home so that they know about the wonderful work this organization is doing. I know they will be eager to be a part of something this special as well. Until next time!