Last year our parish committed to sponsor the Honduran Medical Mission (HMM) for 2014 & 2015. As we prepare for that coming obligation we want to get ahead of the game and begin to raise funds so we won’t have a rush for contributions at the last minute. We anticipate a need to raise between $50,000 and $60,000. Much of this will come from grants applied for in the year of the mission and from individual contributions from across the diocese in the year of the mission. Anything and everything we raise between now and our sponsoring year will make our effort much easier and perhaps allow us to add new elements to the mission during our sponsorship.
FACTS AND FIGURES
- The pattern of a single parish serving as the sponsoring parish for two years and then passing on the responsibility was
established in 1983 and continues to this day.
- To relieve the individual sponsoring parishes from the burden of recruiting team members and to create a body to oversee the operation of the medical mission, Bishop Gray, Jr. formed the Honduras Medical Mission Committee of the Diocese of Mississippi.
- The Honduras Medical Mission has worked with the Diocese of Honduras and the local church and political administration in San Joaquin on a number of building projects; including a clinic, dormitory, kitchen, dining hall, kindergarten, social center and repairs and additions to the church. The mission has also helped pay for two new water storage tanks and a distribution system for potable water and for the bringing of electricity to the village.
- The mission has been dependent on financial contributions from individuals, parishes and other institutions for the purchase of medicines, equipment and for the various building and feeding projects. Team members pay their own expenses.
2009 HONDURAS MEDIAL MISSION STATISTICS
Families served = 636
Total number of people = 2,061
Pharmacy prescriptions = 8,661
Dental Patients = 395
Teeth extracted = 1,067
Sealant Patients = 156
Teeth sealed = 1,021 (the team was without power and had difficulties with water in the sealant lines, but continued on)
Everyone that comes to the Clinic is given free medications
Horses = 401
Cows = 420
Sheep = 1
Single vision glasses = 527
Dogs = 116
Reading glasses = 173
Bifocals = 321
HOW YOU CAN HELP
- SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME –RUMMAGE SALE DATE IS NOVEMBER 6, 2010
- SIGN UP SHEETS ARE LOCATED ON THE BULLETIN BOARD IN THE SACRISTY HALLWAY
- SAVE YOUR PLASTIC AND PAPER BAGS—PLACE YOUR BAGS IN THE LABELED BARREL LOCATED IN THE BACK OF THE CHURCH CLEAN THOSE CLOSETS, DRAWERS, ATTICS, GARAGES AND BASEMENTS — BRING YOUR RUMMAGE TO THE DESIGNATED AREA IN THE CHAPEL OR CALL ELIZABETH HIGGINBOTHAM (601-425-1988) OR BECKY JACKSON (601-422-0333) TO SCHEDULE A PICK-UP TIME
More information is available at: www.hondurasmedicalmission.net