The Republic of Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America. More than half of the people live in remote areas where there are no decent roads, running water, electricity, toilet facilities, good schools or modern health facilities. And those who live in cities are surrounded by poverty, disease and squalor. This is where Brenda Wolpert, RN and Eileen Braun, RN, who work in the Mental Health Unit at Bon Secours Community Hospital have decided to spend a week of their time sharing their passion to be “Good Help to those in Need.”®
From August 15 – 27, Wolpert, her son Benjamin, 16, Eileen Braun and other volunteers will offer medical care, compassion and spiritual guidance for the poor of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, as well as in the mountain villages surrounding the community of San Matias.
This will be Braun’s first mission trip sponsored by Love Truth Care Ministries, an organization dedicated to empowering the community through education and health programs. But Wolpert is no stranger to working with the organization’s hospital teams in Honduras. This will be her fourth mission.
“In my first visit,” she said, “I was amazed at how the people would wait on line all day for our free dental services and never complain. They were so grateful. And I returned so changed by this wonderful experience that many others here at the hospital have asked how they can go.”
During a typical mission members of the hospital team will provide free medical services as well as pay visits to a children’s cancer ward and a maternity ward where they hand out small gifts and join with the patients in their prayers.
To help cover some of their out of pocket costs, Wolpert and Braun obtained permission from Bon Secours Community Hospital to conduct a “Tricky Tray” Fundraiser. The proceeds were approximately $1,000.
The upcoming trip to Honduras is an example of Bon Secours Community Hospital caregivers wanting to give more. And in spite of the hard work as well as the harsh and sometimes dangerous conditions, Wolpert believes they will return with much more than they gave.
“This is an example of the dedication, compassion and caring nature of our employees here at Bon Secours Charity Health System”, stated Clare Brady, Senior Vice President of Bon Secours Charity Health System. “So many of our employees carry our Mission of “Good Help” far beyond the walls of our organization and are an extension of that Mission in their personal lives as well,” she continued.