Honduras 2010: Day 1, Jovenes

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If you didn’t know, Nick and I just got back from a trip to Honduras 2 weeks ago. This was our third trip in the past 5 years and we’re completely hooked. We’ve made friends and family over there and I hope to be able to express everything I feel in these posts. After trips like these, it is extremely hard to put into words what happens and what changes we go through, but I’ll try my best.

While our group did some construction work again this summer in Honduras, our other mission was to do basic medical care at the orphanage and a few towns, one of which had never had a clinic come to them.

Our first day of work in Honduras was at Jovenes – part clinic, part work on a dorm roof.

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Our Honduran team and some of the guys from our group were working on pulling down the old tiles and getting started on the roof. They worked all day on the roof Friday while the rest of us were busy seeing the boys, their families, and workers from the orphanage in the makeshift clinic we set up in their cafeteria.

 

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We had 2 doctors along with assistants that were seeing patients all day for (mostly) routine care and common issues. But we also had Jay set up to check eyesight and fit glasses, which turned out to be one of the biggest blessings to me all week. After this first day, I ended up being his assistant in the other clinics and had an amazing time helping people find glasses that worked for them and gave them their sight back. 

On top of all the work going on, we also got to see most of the boys.

 

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Day 1 was a long one, but a lot of fun.

Day 2 = Taking a clinic to Sabana Redonda,a small town about 1.5 hours from the capital.

 

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14 comments

  1. Oh gosh – that 2nd to last picture is priceless. So adorable. I really admire you guys so, so, so much for doing something like this.

  2. Your really a great person!
    Nick, too!

  3. Great pictures! The kids are waay too cute. Can’t wait to hear more about the trip!

  4. Oh my goodness… that little boy flexing totally melted my heart :)

  5. I love hearing about your Honduras trips! You guys are such a blessing to those sweet kids.

  6. That is so wonderful that you did that! I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to express how you felt. I’m sure those people felt the same after you all left. :)
    Thank you for sharing!

  7. What an amazing experience you had! Those kids just melt my heart.

  8. I love these recaps because I want to do missions full time eventually. Thank you for sharing the love of these people.

  9. Ahh I’ve been waiting for these recaps. This post really reminds me of the time I spent in Zambia doing a medical mission trip. It’s so different from the health care system we have here.

  10. You and Nick are such great people, Brandi :) The kids are adorable!

  11. Very inspiring – I think that seeing the world through missions, volunteering and on-the-ground work in general is a great way to work towards a more equitable planet. What group do you go through/with?

    • We make our own group, actually.

      This year, it was Nick, me and his parents, and some people from the town Nick’s parents live in. One doctor they know, 2 other guys that do a lot of mission work, 2 girls that are in college and the uncle of one of them.

      I think the group will change each year – last year, we had 7 people; this year we had 10. We save our own money for the trip, supplies, etc, while we’re there, so everything depends on how many people we have.

  12. I love how you go on “vacation” to help others–your SO inspiring! And the fact that you and Nick do it together is awesome!

  13. Wow, this is so inspiring. Those kids are very lucky!

    That 2nd to last picture is so great. Great memories!

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