Spring is here and so is the GLOBAL YOUTH SERVICE DAY 2013! Please join our campaign MDJunior for Babies per dates below. Special thanks to our MDJunior Chapter VP’s, Teams and Faculty at South Forsyth High, Lassiter High, Milton High, Chattahoochee High, Taylor Road Middle, Fulton Science, Grady High, Amana Academy on all the hard work!
Heads up – we’re working on our Special Edition Blog from our Spring 2013 Global Medical Mentor Mission in Honduras, Central America and End of Year Blog Report from our Chapter VP’s. Watch out!
1 out of every 8 babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick – called a preterm baby….
More babies die from preterm-related problems than from any other single cause…
MD Junior wants to do something about this!
We are launching our “MDJunior FOR BABIES” Campaign this GLOBAL YOUTH SERVICE DAY! All MDJunior Chapters are participating in partnership with the March of Dimes Organization. Thank you!
Event #1 – EDUCATION - MDJunior for Babies – All MDJunior School Chapters will have presentations by Healthcare mentors who work with preterm babies like Neonatologists, Neonatal nurses, paramedics. Activities already kicked off from Feb 1st, 2013.
Event #2 – ADVOCACY - MDJunior March to the Capital for Babies ( Georgia Event) Meet Georgia Legislators to advocate for the cause. Note – This is during school hours – if you can make it, please wear your MDJunior Tshirt! On Wed March 13, 2013 from 8 AM to 2 PM at the Georgia State Capitol. This one is a great learning experience for youth!
Event #3 – SERVICE - Our largest initiative is the MDJunior Walk for Babies event which includes a Fun-Fair too! Here are the details.
When – Saturday, April 27th, 2013
Time – 8 AM Volunteers; 9 AM Registration; 10 AM Walk followed by Fun Fair where MDJunior has a booth and Health Education for Kids
Where – Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075
Walk – 3.8 Miles Walk
Who can participate – ALL ages are welcome to walk, volunteer and/or just come out to support MDJunior for the cause.
Fundraising is going to be a critical part of this campaign. The funds support the needs of moms and babies in our communities helping in lifesaving research, services, education and advocacy, all helping babies get a healthy start. MDJunior goal is your goal / our goal and together we can achieve it!
Members of the Community MDJunior Chapter VPs, Mentors, Ambassadors please save the date, spread the word, reach out to family, friends, schools, neighbors and register today!. Set a personal goal and make a difference in a baby′s life.
#MDJunior – Our NEWSLETTER aka Blog
SPECIAL EDITION – MDJunior Global Medical-Mentor Mission
Wow! Fall is already here and hope everyone is having a great time at School, Work or as applicable! Things are getting really busy at my end because it is my Senior year of High School.
We finally did it! With support of a lot of people, organizations, MDJunior completed 2 Trips to Honduras including one very successful Pilot Program. We’ve officially launched an Empowerment Program for all Teenagers across America’s and soon the World.
Enjoy our Sep-Oct edition of the MDJunior Newsletter and my challenge continues for all to get involved – any which way.
DID YOU KNOW?
Honduras is one of the Poorest Countries in the Western Hemisphere…(Source: UNICEF, CIA World Fact Book)
63% live below Poverty line …
7 out of 10 in Honduras don’t have access to sanitation.
or basic necessities like clean water supply…
Most Rural villages lack access to medical attention within a 4 hr walk…
MDJunior is making an impact in a unique way…
WORDS FROM THE WISE:
“Misguided Mercy…. When Mercy does not transition to empowerment / development in a timely way, Compassion becomes misguided i.e., “Toxic Charity”. – MDJunior Mentors
MDJunior Global Medical-Mentor Mission to Honduras, Central America
We completed a very successful and fulfilling Global Medical-Mentor Mission to Honduras in August 2012. It was a unique program, with mentors and mentees from the US and MDJunior Chapters in Honduras working together every day from dawn to dusk on;
- Medical Clinics aka Curative Work
- Public Health aka Preventive Work
The Mission functioned for 7 days and was based on the principal core values of MDJunior – Inspiring Selfless Service in Youth through Mentorship, with the 3 pillars of Knowledge, Skills and Attitude.
The trip provided many opportunities for close interaction allowing teaching, mentorship, and exchange of ideas – cultural, socio-economic and scientific – between US and Honduran counterparts, students and physicians alike. Practicing language skills – both English and Spanish – was an essential part of the program.
With chants of “MD” from one mentor followed by a vociferous chorus of “Juniors” from the rest of the team in our van before we set out for the day’s work, the team spirit came out in full force and was invigorating.
It was great to see the MDJunior team don their spirit-wear everyday with such pride and enthusiasm to make a difference in lives of the underserved!
OUR 3 PILLARS OF SUCCESS:
A Life Changing Experience
“I never thought I would be putting a floor in someone’s house but it was a fun experience. Although it was a lot of hard work it was nice to know that at the end of the day you accomplished something meaningful, or stopped the cycle of repeated infections.”
Digging it! MDJunior Team of Mentors & Mentees mixing cement to lay concrete floorings as part of Public Health Projects in Honduras
From the very start, this Global Medical mentor mission epitomized a core value of MDJunior – The Attitude of Selfless Service! One of the main Attitude activities was the Public Health component.
There are many homes in the remote areas of rural Flor Azul that have no solid flooring – just mud, which is dangerous in many ways. As worms and other infectious agents can enter the body through these wet and muddy floors, they set up a vicious cycle of repeated infections. By laying down solid flooring, this cycle is stopped and eliminates the problem at it’s root – a preventive mechanism.
With ~ 20% cost (in the form of providing sand, a component of the cement mix) contributed by the families being helped, this project empowered them to be more motivated in taking care of their investment, instead of just accepting it as charity.
Working with the local masons and families themselves, the entire MDJunior team of Mentors and Mentees did some “dirty” work!!
It was quite a sight to see the doctors “digging in”- mixing cement, carrying buckets of water, laying out cement, smoothing out floors!
The Salgado Family Home – Our team completed cement flooring and also donated a bed for the Family which lived & slept on dirt floors for years
“Challenge – Fun Times”. During a break while conducting a Medical Clinic in a Community Center in Danli Honduras
OUR 3 PILLARS OF SUCCESS:
Hands on Learning
“What I really liked about the clinic was that it involved stations, in which the mentors guided the mentees and taught them about medicinal terms, tools, drugs, etc. Teamwork and learning played key roles in the clinic.”
Clinical Consults – “Hands on” learning for Mentees from our Honduran MDJunior Physician Mentor Dr. Miguel
Mentees developed many skill sets – of the mind and body! Each mentee was able to participate and become skilled in each of the activities at 5 stations set up for clinics and public health service.
One of the stations, Triage/vitals trained them to become competent in measuring vital signs like Pulse rate, Blood pressure, Temperature reading, etc. While learning to take these measurements, the Mentors taught them the importance and relevance of these measurements at different ages and for different diseases. Dr. Kukreja explained it to them in a step-by-step, systematic way.
At the pharmacy station, every mentee learnt the skill of understanding a prescription, labeling and writing it out so that the patient would understand how and when the medicines should be taken. They also learnt the importance of drug-dosing and side-effects.
Dr. Mukundan, Infectious Diseases Specialist conducting a “Pharmcy 1-on-1″ with a Mentee
In public health, mentees and mentors alike learnt how to lay cement flooring – from the mixing of ingredients to actually layering and smoothing out the floor! This allowed students to see the direct impact of their trip abroad.
Dr. Sudeep with MDJuniors from Honduras Chapter
OUR 3 PILLARS OF SUCCESS:
Every Day an Opportunity to Learn
Pre-Clinic Knowledge Session in Action
Every day was an opportunity for knowledge sessions – at breakfast briefings, in a class-room like setting, road trip briefings, at the different stations in community clinics etc. As mentors and mentees followed the same schedules, traveled, worked and ate together, teaching in various forms happened all the time!
Some Specific Sessions:
A Knowledge, Skills & Attitude Session in Progress - “What are Venous Ulcers and how are they related to Diabetics and possible Amputation?”
Stephanie Foe, family practice and public health specialist, spoke about Venous ulcers of the leg related to poor circulation in diabetics, all while demonstrating how to clean and dress such a wound. She explained how the blood vessels and nerves in the feet and hands function poorly when diabetes is not controlled. This causes loss of sensation and inability to feel when the foot is injured, so the patient had let a small wound become bigger. As the blood vessels are also affected, healing of the wound is slowed down, causing it to worsen.
With the help of the mentees, and the dressings and supplies MDJunior had taken, the wound was cleaned well, dressed with gauze and more of these supplies were given to the patient so she could continue to regularly clean the wound at home.
“Out in the Open during Medical Clinics” – Enjoying packed lunch along with a Mid-day Debrief Session by Dr. Mukundan and other Mentors in Campamento, HN
Dr. D. Mukundan talked about Cleft palate in a baby who was ~ 1 year old. The baby had been born with the condition, where the roof of the mouth develops abnormally so that it does not close completely. This interferes with feeding, breathing and speech later in life.
“Happy & Cheerful” MDJunior Team in Honduras. Setting out for our day’s work – Atop and astride our medicine/supply truck in El Pariaso, HN.
MENTOR OF THE MONTH
Sudeep Kukreja, M.D.
Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Dr. Kukreja, an MDJunior Mentor enjoying an afternoon with Kids in Flor Azul, HN
Sudeep Kukreja, M.D. is the Medical Director of the Newborn Hearing Screening Program at Children’s Hospital of Orange County / UC Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Kukreja provides a full spectrum of neonatal critical care, with special interests in the management of high-risk infants, apnea and newborn hearing. He is board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine.
Dr. Kukreja served his fellowship and residency at UCI Medical Center in Orange and at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, respectively. A Community Leader, Dr Kukreja founded AGC, Arpan Global Charities in 2005.
Stephanie Foe, PA-C, MPH
“Step” with a young Mom and her baby who had a Cleft Palate after organizing a referral visit to a Hospital
“It was a real joy to see our mentees grow in so many diverse ways, as they experienced real poverty in this rural environment in a developing country. We participated in several rural medical clinics, health screening for an orphanage, and excavated a dirt floor then poured a concrete one, in two different one- room homes as part of a Public Health Project. As always on these mission trips, I feel I am the one who is the real beneficiary. Thank-you MDJunior for allowing me to participate and glimpse a vision of our future leaders. I feel we will be in good hands!” – Step
- As a Person: To matter, to stand for something – with our friends, our families, our associates, in our communities and my life’s work.
- As a Professional: To provide primary care as a Physician’s Assistant (PA-C) utilizing the principles of family practice and the team approach to patient care.
- The ultimate human aspiration is to have made a difference, to count and to know that we have lived.
Karen Lopez Del Cid, D.D.S,
Dr. Karen our MDJunior Honduras Chapter, Mentor
“The MDJunior Mission in Honduras was a blessing to many people here in Honduras, either the mentees, the mentors, the communities that received the attention of so wonderful doctors, that attended them with so much love and passion to each one of them. Mentees were so lucky to have mentors that were dedicated and patient to explain to them, and forming the goal of leadership in them. We’re all are inspired here to continue working with this fabulous team of special people and looking forward to the next Mission in Spring 2013.” - Dr. Karen, Tegucigalpa, HN
Dr Karen is a practicing Dentist, the Clinical Director Special Olympics International (SOI) in Honduras and a MDJunior Mentor in Honduras.
MDJunior Global Fellow 2012
Collins Hill High School, GA
MDJunior Global Fellow 2012
“I am interested in becoming a pharmacist. Working in the pharmacy station with the mentors, I learnt a lot about various medicines, side effects, dosing schedule and even to decipher a doctors writing!” – Adrian
Adrian was nominated MDJunior Fellow for 2012. A student community leader and now a great friend, Adrian was part of the Mentee team travelling to Honduras. He now attends Georga Southern University on a Pre-Pharmcy Track.
SPECIAL FEATURE – CALL TO ACTION
Ariana, 7 Years
Honduras SAN Orphange
“Ariana” – One of the most cheerful kids in the SAN Orphange
Ariana is 7 years old and lives in the SAN Orphanage, where we worked, in SW Rural Honduras. Out of the 20 Houses, she lives in the Vive, ríete, amo house which literally means Live, Laugh Love. She is one of the bubbliest kids in the compound and really enjoys coloring.
Consulate General of Honduras, Emelisa Callejas Romero
Consulate General of Honduras Emelisa Callejas Romero applauded the group in their pursuit to create a more ethical, sustainable model of global health and would like to see the community get involved
MDJunior continues to work in partnership with our 2 Honduran MDJunior Chapters, the Honduran Government, Local Health System and our mentor Sur Maria Rosa’s Sociedad Amigos de los Ninos. In doing so we’re working to support and empower the most vulnerable sector of the population – children who are neglected, abandoned, abused, or orphaned.
GLOBAL MISSION IN SPRING 2013
Mar 31-Apr 6, 2013
MDJunior Global Mentor-Mission to Honduras
MDJr Mentees & Honduran children
After a very successful MDJuniorMentor-Medical Mission in August 2012, we have just finalized our Next Global Mission to Honduras in Mar-Apr 2013 during Spring Break. READ MORE >>>
Hope all of our MDJunior mentees are enjoying getting back to school.
DID YOU KNOW?
Every 26 seconds, a student drops out of high school… Nearly 1 out of 3 Georgia students fail to finish high school… The #1 reason is Dis-engagement… MDJunior – making an impact in a unique way…
Enjoy our August edition of the MDJunior Newsletter and I challenge you all to get involved – any which way.
WORDS FROM THE WISE: “Service is the very purpose of life. It is the rent we pay for living on the planet. ”
― Marion Wright Edelman (founder, leader and principal spokesperson for the Children’s Defense Fund)
OUR 3 PILLARS OF SUCCESS:
Medshare International U.S. hospitals generate over 2 million tons of medical waste each year, most of which has not even been used or touched.
Over 10 million children die every year due to inadequate medical supplies according to WHO estimates. Is this right?
MDJunior volunteered at Medshare in Atlanta to organize, package, and collate medical supplies to go towards several countries! Medshare is a nonprofit organization that bridges the gap between overstocked supplies and people in need of medical supplies.
MDJunior volunteers packaged and labelled over several 100 boxes of medical supplies, with a targeted goal - towards Haiti, South Sudan and Libya.
Sorting excess Medical Supplies for Disaster Relief
MDJunior – Selfless Service at Medshare
Packing Medical Supplies for Disaster Relief
MDJunior – Selfless Service at Medshare
Heart & Vascular Clinic – Aman Kakkar, M.D, FACC
Eat right and exercise regularly starting from childhood, and that will keep your heart healthy even when you get old!
We visited the Heart & Vascular Clinic at Northside Hospital, where Dr. Aman Kakkar showed us around his clinic. We learnt that cardiovascular disease is one of the main causes of death in older men and women. Some diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels include high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. We learnt that we can control some of the risky behaviors that increase heart disease – for example not smoking, eating healthy, exercising regularly and controlling weight. We got to see some interesting cardiovascular equipment, such as a stress test machine, and an echo-cardiogram machine. We learnt that these are non-invasive tests, and there are other invasive tests, such as cardiac catheterization that are also done by cardiologists.
Learning about Echo Cardiogram
MDJunior Skills Session at the Heart & Vascular Clinic
Exercise Stress Test and Peak Performance
MDJunior Skills Session at the Heart & Vascular Clinic
Emory Johns Creek Hospital Neonatal Unit – Athi Narayan, M.D., FAAP
Babies in trouble have their own separate ICU! Who would have thought? We found this out when we went to the Neonatal Unit .
Dr. Athi Narayan outlined step by step, the path to a career in medicine and health care. Although a time-consuming path, it was clear that the fulfillment at the end of the road is unmatchable. We learnt about “Neonatal Resuscitation” – where a newborn baby who has difficulty in breathing after birth, has procedures done so that they can breathe and the heartbeat can recover.
Lynne, the RN demonstrated that a premie could weigh as little as ~ 1 pound by showing us an IV bag that weighed about the same!!!
Path to a career in Healthcare
MDJunior Knowledge Session at Emory John’s Creek
MDJunior – Neonatal Resusciatation in Action with an ET Tube. Practicing on a Dummy
MENTOR OF THE MONTH :
Athi Narayan, M.D., FAAP
￼Dr. Athi Naryan is currently practicing as a Neonatologist at Emory Johns Creek Hospital in Johns Creek, Atlanta, GA, where he serves as the Medical Director of Neonatology and Chairman of Pediatrics.
He completed his Residency in 1973 and later pursued training in Pediatrics, Neonatology and Pediatric Cardiology and has been practicing as a Neonatologist since 1977.
Dr. Narayan has served in various leadership roles within the field of medicine and other public service organizations. He founded the “Pallavaram Children’s Medical Center” (PCMC) in Pallavaram, a suburb of Chennai, where he is involved in encouraging and guiding young volunteers in the service of humanity, and in pursuing careers in health care. He was recently awarded the ” Frist Humanitarian Award” by Emory Johns Creek Hospital in February, 2009 and received the ” Ulaga Thamizhar Maamani ” (The Crown Jewel of World Tamils) at the Second World Tamil Economic Conference in October 2011. He feels very strongly that children are the future of every family, every community, every nation and the entire world.
My message for MDJunior – ” I was really thrilled to see the enthusiasm shown by the young students enrolled with the MDJunior Program. Leading them with hands on experience was the most rewarding experience for me. I am confident that these youngsters will not forget the pleasure they had in volunteering and learning at the same time which will motivate them to choose a career in healthcare. I am happy to be a part of the program as a Mentor. Good Luck in all your endeavours”.
# MDJunior LOCAL: RURAL HEALTH PROJECT Oct 2012
As part of the State of Georgia Community Health Project – Migrant Health, Homeless & Special Projects. MDJunior student mentees will ac company Mentors (phyiscians, Nurses, Dentists, Physical Therapists, Physician Assistants etc) to South Georgia on this (1 Night, 2 Days) Rural Health Project.
The students will work in a unique setting to provide medical care to ~1000 farmworkers and their families in South Georgia. The Project seeks to not only provide care to a medically underserved and economically important population in Georgia, but to also increase the awareness and competency of health care providers and students in working with this population.
The students will travel to Bainbridge/Valdosta, stay overnight and work over 2 days with the other members of the team.
MDJunior in Bainbridge, So. GA – Rural Health Project Summer 2012
MDJunior – Supplies, Clothing Drive in Farm Workers Project, Bainbridge, So GA
# MDJunior GLOBAL: MEDICAL MENTOR MISSION, HONDURAS 2013 Mar 30th-Apr 6th, 2013
MDJunior in Spring 2012 launched a Global Initiative for Students anywhere in the US above 16 years of age, to volunteer in Medical Missions abroad.
One of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere needs our help. Most villagers in Honduras have no access to medical attention within a 4 hour walk.
After a very successful MDJunior Mentor-Medical Mission in August 2012, we have just finalized our Next Global Mission to Honduras in Mar-Apr 2013 during Spring Break.
Overnight projects have limited spots. Reserve yours today.
We’re seeking out Doctors, Nurses, Healthcare Professionals as Mentors to accompany High School student Mentees for our return Medical Mission to Sociedad Amigos de los Niños (SAN), Honduras, Central America. We’re also collecting Medicines, Supplies and Donations for the Mission.
MDJunior – CALENDAR 2012-2013:
*Sept 1st - Knowledge sessions begin at various schools - the foundation of our organization. Typical sessions are held after school for an hour.
*Sept 15th: Health Fair at BPSOS
*Oct 6th: 8.30am -12.30pm – Medshare Selfless Service Day
*Oct 16th: 4-5pm – Children’s Hospital of Atlanta – Young Friends Volunteer Day
*Oct 20th: 10am -1pm – Embraced – Selfless Service Day
*Oct 2012: MDJunior Local Medical Mentor Mission – South GA Farm Workers (1 Night 2 days)
*Winter 2012: MDJunior Charity Ball
*Mar 31: Apr 6th, 2013 -MDJunior Global Medical Mentor Mission to Honduras
CALL TO ACTION:
* Are you a Student … ready to take on a leadership position while in School / College with MDJunior Chapter?
* Are you a HealthCare Professional or a Parent … ready to give back?
* We are seeking donations & sponsorships – all tax exempt, for our forthcoming MDJunior Charity Ball in Winter 2012
MDJunior Volunteers at the Global Humantarian Summit 2012 in Emory University, Atlanta. Seen here with Honorable Consulate General of Honduras to the United States, Emelisa Callejas Romero
Global Humanitarian Summit 2012
This year, MDJunior students attended the Global Humanitarian Summit at the School of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta for the third time!
MDJunior students ran a booth/table at the Summit, presenting information about the organization to many people from around the world. The Middle and High School students from a variety of schools (Chattachoochee, South Forsyth, Alpharetta, Milton, Pebblebrook, Northview, Fulton Science Academy, Centennial, and Johns Creek) were always on site at the MDJunior presentation table, where they were getting the word out and selling t-shirts/wristbands for fundraising. In addition to the MDJunior table, the students also set up a Bone Marrow Drive. In collaboration with the Be Your Match Program, MDJunior students signed many people up for the national bone marrow registry by guiding people through the process of signing forms and then getting DNA swabbed.
MDJunior Exhibit and Volunteers at the Global Humantarian Summit at Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Finally, as the only teen speaker at the event, Shaun gave a speech in front of a large audience about MDJunior as an organization. The presentation covered the essentials of MDJunior – how it works, the problems it targets, recent activities, upcoming activities, and how people can get involved. The best part of the presentation was that MDJunior had a Special Champion – the Honorary Consulate General of Honduras to the United States, Ms. Emelisa Callejas, to speak about MDJunior’s global efforts in Honduras! All in all, it was a great experience for all people involved and a very fruitful endeavor.
MDJuniors Exhibit & Volunteers at the Emory Summit – “Let us tell you how you can help inspire young students?”
Piedmont NICU Preemie Reunion
Have you ever wondered what happens to prematurely born babies once they leave the hospital? Many people, especially the Neonatologists that cared for the babies, definitely do. The NICU preemie reunion party at Piedmont hospital was an event where babies who had been born prematurely and were taken care of in the NICU previously came back with their families. The neonatologists, nurses, and other NICU staff got a chance to reunite with the Preemie babies and the babies’ families. This year’s theme was Dr. Seuss and the decorations, food, games stalls were fantastic.
Piedmont Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Preemie Reunion
As Dr. Deepa Ranganathan, a mentor at MDJunior, put it “To me, as a Neonatologist who takes care of these premature babies when they are their sickest, seeing the kids back, most of them thriving and doing well, just reinforces the reasons for doing what we do. It makes it that much more special to hear the gratitude of the families, and see the kids playing and laughing and being just like any other kid.”
MDJunior was on site to volunteer and help organize the event. Helping in administrative processes such as setting up the event and directing people toward activities, students really enjoyed helping out at Piedmont. In addition to helping out, they got to hear some of the stories of these kids’ struggles from the families first hand. The students did a fantastic job (even in the killer heat!) and in the words of Jill Korizon, the chief organizer of the event, “We appreciate you taking the time from your busy schedule to bring those wonderful young adults to help make the event a success. Hats off to them as well.”
School Guest Speaker Series
MDJunior Knowledge Session at Inman Middle School, Atlanta, GA
Doris Nelms – United Hospice Care, Atlanta
One of the speakers at our after class knowledge session was Ms. Doris Nelms. Ms. Nelms came to us from United Hospice Care Atlanta – an organization that focuses on palliative end of life care rather than curative care. A tough path to go down, and organizations like United Hospice are necessary to bring solace, and to guide families during some of their most difficult times. Ms. Nelms showed us several of the items that people had given to her to be donated to United Hospice, such as a hand woven quilt and teddy bear. The subject brought up a whole different perspective of life for the students.
“You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die.” – Dame Cicely Saunders, Founder of the modern hospice movement.
Michelle Clark & Catherine Andrews – American Red Cross, Atlanta
Heads of volunteer drives at Red Cross, Ms Clark and Ms. Andrews visited us to speak about blood drives around Georgia. They explained the step-by-step process involved in setting up blood drives. Students learnt about the different blood groups and how they can be donated, the dangers of mis-transfusion and the rarity and value of O type blood.
Knowledge Pearl – Did you know that one pint of blood that is donated by a person is replenished in just 4 to 8 weeks?
MENTOR OF THE MONTH
Sister María Rosa Leggol, O.S.F.
“The Mother Theresa of Honduras” – A Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.
Sur Maria Rosa with Shaun Verma, 12th Grade, Founder of MDJunior
Dedicated to developing programs that help the children and youth of Honduras grow and succeed in life, Nobel peace prize nominee Sister Maria Rosa Leggol, founder of Sociedad Amigos de los Niños in Honduras, is a living example of kindness, selflessness, and love.
Being an orphan herself, Sister Maria Rosa witnessed first hand the lack of loving care and individual attention given to children who had lost their parents. From her own experiences she was inspired to create a more loving environment and better living conditions for the children.
Sister Maria Rosa’s major desire has always been to help her fellow Hondurans help themselves to become productive citizens. Many of her children are now successful professionals who are using their knowledge and skills to develop the country. The Pope visited her and called her an “Inspiration for Millions across the World.”
A living legend who is now 85 years old, Sister Rosa is an inspiration for millions across the world – having opened up 65 health clinics across Honduras and raised 56,000 children throughout the duration of her life. A postage stamp was issued in her honor by the government of Honduras in recognition of her enormous efforts on behalf of the children.
MDJunior Global: Honduras
A spirit of compassion is there in students across America, but not so much volunteerism. People will donate and raise awareness, but not so much get down in the mess of it all.
Honduras, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, needs our help and we can’t just fund relief organizations while expecting actions to be taken – we must take those actions ourselves. Access to medical care in rural Honduras is exceptionally rare – most rural villages have no access to medical attention within a 4 hour walk. 57 percent of the rural Honduran population has never had medical or dental care in their lives outside such missions.
MDJunior is launching an opportunity for High School Students to get involved. “Honduras is ready for the High School-er’s of America and MDJunior” says Honorary Consulate General Emelisa Callejas –avid supporter of MDJunior and one of the key people helping MDJunior kick off the Global Volunteer Program in Honduras. Students from across the United States can make the one-week trip to Honduras, to engage in activities ranging from assisting in Medical Consultations to filling prescriptions in the pharmacy to assisting in Public Health projects.
MDJunior will be working with an on the ground organization called Sociedad Amigos de los Niños, headed by Sister Rosa (the inspirational person of the month) in and around Nuevo Paraiso, a small village compound run by the Sociedad as an orphanage.
A major effort on the part of MDJunior is fundraising for our Global Missions. We will be accepting donations of $25 or more for medical supplies that will be provided at health camps on the trip. Finally, we are looking for in the form of donations are stationary supplies – pencils, erasers, sharpeners, notebooks, stickers. These are VERY easy to donate, and go a long way for the children of Honduras!
MDJunior Future Events
Last few weeks of Summer/Fall 2012
Great opportunity for MDJuniors, all students, parents and volunteers to give back to your communities. Additionally a chance to shadow and work with Healthcare Professionals like doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and physician assistants. Interested please contact your Chapter VP, or any of the MDJunior Contacts.
Yes! You are already on your way to make a difference!
Aug 4th – HEALing Community Center, Atlanta, GA
Aug 4th – Orientation for New Chapter VP’s, Atlanta, GA
Aug 5th – 12th – Global Mentor Medical Mission, Honduras, Central America
Aug 13th – 31st – Back to School! New Chapter Presentations, Middle/High Schools/Colleges
Aug 13 onwards weeky meetings – Back to School! School / College Chapter Activities
Sept 15th – Health Fair @ BPSOS, GA
October 2012 – South Georgia Farm Workers Mission
Thanks to all the contributors and special thanks to the Honorable Consulate General of Honduras to the United States, Emelisa Callejas Romero, Dr. Karen Del Cid, Ing. Francisco Javier Paz Fonseca in Honduras; Tony, Saier at #Emory; Ms. Lang, Ms. Bonner, Dr. Deepa at #Piedmont; Dr Sudeep at #Arpan/CHOC; Dr Mukundan at #CHToledo; Ms. Stephanie at #UC Bakersfield; Dr. Moore, Dr. Maclin at HEAL and our student MDJunior team!
Good Luck to our Mentors and Mentees heading out on our Global Mentor Medical Mission to Honduras, Central America next week. Excited to be part of the group!