Hello, Friends and Family
I will be living in Peru for one month this summer (May-June, tentatively) with a host family who is gracious enough to have me. The cost of the program (around $4000) includes airfare, the cost of food(provided by the host family, while the majority of what is left goes to help fund the program. They use it to purchase supplies such as medical equipment and medicine which is not something that the country is able to readible supply to its' citizens. The money that the program recieves via the support that the Fellows (that's students like me!) raise is vital to the program's success and in bringing good health to people who are in a time of great need.
My heart is burning with excitement as my dreams of one day working in a rural clinic are strangely becoming a reality right before my very eyes. I want to make a difference in this world, not only domestically but on the global platform as well. This program gives me a chance to do so and I am tickled that I, Brooke Mejorado, am going to be able to go and help these families in Peru. Though the country in the recent has made great strides to provide better healthcare to it's inhabitants, the country is plagued with understaffed and underfunded facilities, which translates into poor health for the people in this region. Peru also has a large population of Indiginous populations who struggle to recieve proper health care. There are many illness that people have where in worst cases are dying, that are simply straining from preventable circumstances such as implementation of proper sanitation and healthy lifestyles. But, because the people don't have access to basic medical care and education, this is still the reality for many. The heart of the FIMRC to come alongside these people and serve them is simply incredible and I want to be a part of this.
Not only will I be serving these people, but I will gain clinical expierence that I will carry with me as I enter into Physician's Assistant school and well beyond there, into the rest of my life. A sample itinerary of what a week could include:
Go on rounds with hospital staff and medical students
Work in hospital laboratory (Fellows only)
Participate in waiting room education
Work in the tropical medicine department of the hospital
Participate in rural medical campaigns
School based health education with staff and students
Health education in local orphanage
Dental education and treatment
Health education in rural clinic waiting rooms
Work with mothers in native communities
Broadcast health program on local radio
School based health talks
Organ donation compatibility testing
First aid education and kit distribution
Postpartum education in the hospital
School based parasitic testing and treatment
Complete needs assessment for native communities
Rural outreach campaigns with local hospital
Tropical medicine education
Develop scripts for radio program
Lastly, I would like to encourage you to check out the other programs this organization has their hand in and learn more about their passion to serve others by visiting their website http://www.fimrc.org.
I can't thank you enough for checking out my donation page and following me in my journey through life. All financial contributions are tax-deductible and are greatly appreciated by not only myself, but the families of Peru who this will go to support. Besides financial contributions, I will need a plentiful supply of prayers as I prepare to travel to South America, for safety, and to prepare my heart for all of the families I encounter. I pray for opportunity to be able to share with them the Love in Jesus Christ, which is what ultimately fuels me to have these passions to love on people. I thank you all so much, you are loved. Blessings to you and Thank you in advance!
Brooke Mejorado <3
(Be sure to look for updates to check out what I am doing).
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