Callie goes to the Philippines

For those that know me, you know it has always been my dream to travel abroad and help those in need. While I find my nursing career here in NH extremely rewarding, helping those who don’t have health care options, have no resources, and are in dire need of the most basic of supplies and treatment will be the most rewarding and life changing thing I could do. However, these trips come at a cost. Between travel and supplies needed for the clinic, this trip is just not something I can afford alone. So I ask for your help. Anything and everything will go a long way. In a world full of hate and sadness, let’s bring a little to the darkness.

Please read further to see what every dollar donated will go towards:

I have decided to do a mission trip with International Medical Relief (IMR). IMR is a registered NGO based in the US. They provide mobile medical clinics and sustainable health education to underserved communities in 40 countries around the world. IMR was founded on the belief that knowledge of basic health facts and access to healthcare should not be the prerogative of selected nations, regions, or classes, but should be shared by as many people as possible. During the clinics, they partner with medical and dental professionals to share knowledge about diagnoses and treatment. They also provide community heath education so people are empowered to provide for their own health, as well as the health of other community members.

The trip I will be going on is to the Philippines (Jan 20-28). IMR has received a special invitation from the government of the Republic of the Philippine to travel into the mountains and care for the Aeta tribe. The Aeta are an indigenous people who live in scattered, isolated mountainous parts of the Philippines. They are considered as the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines. They are nomadic and build only temporary shelters made of sticks driven to the ground and covered with the palm of banana leaves. The well-situated and more modernized Aetas have moved to villages and areas of cleared mountains, living in houses made of bamboo and cogon grass. Mining, deforestation, illegal logging, and slash-and-burn farming has caused the indigenous population to steadily decreased to the point where they number in the thousands today. The Philippines affords them no protection. They have become extremely nomadic due to social and economic strains on their culture and way of life that had previously remained unchanged for thousands of years. The life expectancy at birth of the Aeta is just 16.5 years, with only a third of children surviving to adulthood at 15 years.

IMR will visit the Aeta and provide acute medical and dental care to many families while teaching them how to stay healthy in their environment. Classes will include basic hygiene, first aid, water purification and storage, CPR and choking prevention, and sanitation, plus additional classes on sustainable good health.

IMR is a 501(c)3 charity, and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

You can donate here or http://www.imrus.org/fr/Callie-Klimas_24492/

I am available to answer any other questions regarding IMR or this trip in general if needed. Thank you for reading.
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