SRW Makes It

Returning to Siguatepeque

May 2024

The second week of November 2023, a small advance team returned to the Providence site in Siguatepeque, Honduras, to prepare SRW's space and equipment for future missions. After a four-year absence, memories flooded back from our first mission to the same site in 2007. Our biomedical professionals tested and assessed equipment needing repair or replacement, uncrated new equipment, and put it into working order. Other team members stocked storage bins with supplies recently shipped to the location. By the time the team left, the site was ready for the first mission of a new era, scheduled for later the same month.

The Providence staff was welcoming and helpful. It was wonderful to be back and to know that we can continue serving the children of Honduras with orthopedic and eye health needs. Thank you to all our supporters, and to Horizon for the invitation to return.

Team members were:
Gary Haefer, Biomed
Jason Ryder, Biomed
Marge Abegglen, RN
Pat Kreibich, RN
Mary Dowling, RN
Hugo Romero, Coordinator

We Are Back

by Kristan Sodergren

May 2024

We are back! It was with great anticipation and excitement that we were able to return to Honduras and our family in Siguatepeque. For me, this mission is a reminder of why I practice nursing and medicine; it is the purist form of the job. Our time away, and the opportunity to come back, reminded me to not take our time in Honduras for granted.

Travel in January presented itself with the typical set of winter challenges. The team showed resilience, flexibility, and perseverance. In the interval years, our setup at Providencia has changed, and our equipment has changed. What did this mean for the mission?

We had an awesome, small-but-mighty crew who started seeing kids and setting them up for surgery. As the remainder of the team trickled in, we were able to set up operating rooms and get ready for cases to start late midday on Tuesday in one of the two operating rooms....

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