El Salvador 10/8-10/16
Morelia/Toluca, MX 11/4-11/13
If you're interested in participating in any or these 2022 seating clinics please contact Lonny Davis at email@example.com asap. Thanks!
Just returned from an inspirational jaunt through the State of Veracruz - organizing the Hope Haven West warehouse in Orizaba, seating clinic in Poza Rica de Hildago. Ten hours total bus time on this adventure - volunteer with Hope Haven West - SEE THE WORLD!
Meet Elliott - The red chair is the one we provided him (yellow chair is a loaner).
As is common in Latin America, Elliott was being cared for by his abuela (grandmother). Well, grandma passed away, the coroner came to the house and removed her body (burial in Mexico occurs immediately - embalming is not practiced). Time passed…
Several days after the corners visit, neighbors (pictured above) realized that Elliott was in the wind! Rushing next door, they discovered this fine lad, disheveled, dehydrated, and covered in (well, you know what he was covered with). Into the yard, Elliott was scrubbed and washed down with the hose. Unceremoniously swept into a new family (can you imagine the paperwork we would have been required to complete)? Elliott is now part of a new tribe - God bless these folks who open their hearts and home to the disabled poor! We have seen this pattern repeated in many distributions, people without means, don’t have two nickels (pesos) to rub together, BOOM - impulsively loving and caring for their neighbors (or neighbors kids).
“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them…”
And now - for the money shot…
This little heart stealer was celebrating her third birthday - she not only received cake (which she dove into head first), but also was wheeled home in her very first wheelchair! All in all - that’s a good day!
Next adventure is just three weeks away - Hope Haven West is scheduled to provide more than 220 wheelchairs (again - mostly kids) to the disabled poor in Villahermosa.
Hope Haven Kids chairs are being assembled by our Rotary partners in Villahermosa as this is being written. Flights have been purchased - All arrangements for our team are complete. Now - we just need the team!
Presently there are nine volunteers signed up to assist with this project. I am angling for at least another five Mohicans (I’ll even take the last one) to jump on the bus.
Not going to sugar coat this one folks. Villahermosa is most likely not at the top of your bucket list of places to see before you die (this one is about the kids)! I can guarantee hot and humid conditions (in the 90’s) with daily thunderstorms and high humidity (why aren’t we headed here in January)?
We will eat well, be treated like kings by our Rotary Hosts, receive accolades and praise (also, abundant prayers and blessings) from mothers, abuela’s and caregivers as chairs are distributed and fitted to those lacking mobility.
Gives you an opportunity to test that old adage: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” - prove me wrong, dare ya!
Just supposing that you are one of my “five Mohicans” who heed the call. Let no grass grow, this sucker is breathing down on us quick (less than three weeks before liftoff). Shoot me a quick email today and I will get you information regarding our schedule and flight itinerary.
Waging Heavy Peace,
Hope Haven West