Why do young men migrate? There are several concrete answers to that question based on research and statistics. In short, the reasons include lack of employment and education opportunities, high crime rates in their communities which place their lives at risk by gang activity, the strong desire of young men and women to reunite with family members who have already migrated and the pursuit of a better way of life.
HHH is helping address the problem by trying to create employment and educational opportunities with the agreement and commitment from beneficiaries to give back to their communities.
Hope for a Healthier Humanity https://www.hopeforahealthierhumanity.org/ is proud to announce a working relationship with the renowned agricultural university El Zamorano http://www.zamorano.edu/ whose focus is on addressing and coming up with solutions to the agricultural and nutritional problems within Latin America.
After our initial trip to assess how we could best help the communities of the Ngäbe-Bugle indian reservation, we returned in August 2014 to conduct a workshop addressing 4 main topics of particular interest and concern:
- Basic first aid and CPR
- Assisting in natural and uncomplicated labor and delivery
- Natural herbal medicine
- Organic agriculture
The Ngäbe-Bugle indian participants were extremely pleased and highly interested in the information and methods that Hope for a Healthier Humanity brought to their communities. On this trip we recruited experts from Honduras, also of indigenous descent to take part in our workshop as the principal instructors in natural herbal medicine and organic agriculture.
We will augment the work already started by conducting a dental brigade in December 2014.
Labor & delivery
Education is a large part of what we do with Hope for a Healthier Humanity www.hhh.us.org, we strongly believe in distinguishing ourselves by providing services to the communities that help them become independent and self sustaining. The best tool we can provide to meet that end is education. In July, thanks to the hard work performed by a wonderful member of our team living locally in Honduras, Carmen Rivera, we were able to supplement her education to community leaders and health promoters. Health constitutes a balance between physical, emotional and psychological well being. When one area lacks the person’s health declines. We have now started to incorporate lectures on leadership, coping with stress and improving self-esteem. In July, the community leaders presented to us in detail the tremendous work they are doing in their local communities and we could not be more proud of all their hard work and effort.
We continue our efforts to improve nutrition with a nutritional supplement and to increase protein in the diet with fish.
One big family
Tilapia fish farms
In some of the areas where our organization works, the communities are so poor they do not have running water, electricity, indoor bathrooms or enough money to feed the family balanced meals. Not having enough for basic needs to sustain life such as food and water, healthcare often takes second place. Most of the community members do not have health insurance to help them pay for visits to a clinic, consultations with physicians and certainly not to purchase medications. Hope for a Healthier Humanity has started incorporating workshops on natural medicine where the participants learn about medicinal properties in local flowers and plants readily available in the geographic location. With instruction led by experts in the field, the participants learn how to make tonics/syrups, ointments and tea infusions that can be used as effectively as non prescription and over-the-counter medication.
Grinding down the flower
The Hope for a Healthier Humanity (HHH) sponsored dinner and fundraising event in Washington D.C. was a wonderful success. It was a true pleasure being part of such an event where all gathered were interested in one form or another to help communities in underserved areas such as Honduras. It was great getting together with the entire HHH team and family members to celebrate a worthwhile cause. Pictures are coming soon so stay tuned.
To any of you that have been following our blog and trip progress I want to apologize for not making any posts since the end of March. The lack of posts is not due to lack of progress or work on behalf of Hope for a Healthier Humanity (HHH); it has been due to an unfortunate accident I suffered that required knee surgery. I am back to work and we continue to move forward. Thanks for keeping up with the ongoing projects and efforts of Hope for a Healthier Humanity.
Follow our progress: https://www.hopeforahealthierhumanity.org/
The “Comarca” or traditional region (roughly translated to reservation) in Panama is where the largest population of Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous groups reside.
Hope for a Healthier Humanity (HHH) will be working with the Ngäbe (pronounced Naw-bey) groups in various capacities, including:
- Educating expecting Ngäbe women on prenatal and postpartum care.
- Self-empowerment and self-esteem education for the women.
- Providing support to the practical nurses currently working with these communities.
- Balanced nutrition.
For anyone interested in volunteering, we would greatly appreciate the knowledge and expertise in prenatal and postpartum care, lactation, mental health and nutrition. Feel free to contact me and fill out a volunteer application at https://www.hopeforahealthierhumanity.org/volunteer.php
In beautiful Panama City working on possible upcoming projects … Keep checking for updates that are coming soon.
Educating community leaders how to help themselves, their families and community members in need is the best gift we can give on our trips. The participants themselves often use the phrase “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” That is one of the main goals of each trip with Hope for a Healthier Humanity.
You can help us … we have upcoming projects where we will need the expertise of the following:
- Mental Health – skills on coping
- Basic first aid
- Delivering a baby and postpartum care
- Alternative medicine such as acupuncture and herbal medicine
- Agriculture and engineering
Regardless of your professional background, we can always use a helping hand. Join us for an exciting and rewarding adventure giving back to those who need it most. Follow this link for the volunteer application.
Choking and CPR
We love it when we see ‘light bulbs’ go off
All participants are attentive and grateful