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Read the letter below to see what one recent alumna is up to!
Helping the poor in Honduras...
My name is Elena Miller and I am a sophomore pre-med, biology major with concentrations in neuroscience and biomedical studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
This interim break, January 28-February 5, I will be traveling with a group of about 30 students from St. Olaf College along with two medical doctors and a dentist to Honduras with an organization called Global Brigades.
Honduras is cited by the World Bank as the 3rd poorest country in the Western Hemisphere after Haiti and Nicaragua and has been designated as a priority country by the Pan American Health organization/WHO Strategic Plan. The basic needs of education, health care, and clean water are luxuries for the majority of the people there, and in the rural communities where we will be working, these luxuries are even harder to find. It is highly common for a family of four to live on less than $2.00 a day with less than 3 gallons of water per day available for use.
Global Brigades is a student-led organization that works diligently through 9 different programs to provide these underserved communities with sustainable health and developmental initiatives in order to improve their overall wellbeing. Since spring 2008, UNC Global Medical Brigades has run over 7 weeklong trips to Honduras, treating over 10,500 patients in rural, underserved communities that otherwise would have no access to medical care. Yet this is still barely scratching the surface of what we can do and we are working hard to bring even more aid to those who need it most.
As a person who was born and adopted from Peru, a country not quite in the same shape as Honduras, but deals with some comparable issues in government and economics, I connect to the experience through culture. This trip will allow me to see what I hope to do with the rest of my life—practicing medicine in Central and South America. Knowing that just by chance I am living here in the United States I feel a need to give back in every way I can. I hope that even if it is a small impact that I will know I have begun my dream.
St. Olaf College '14
A letter from Anna: consider joining Los Alumnos!
Bienvendidos Amigos -
As I have grown up with supportive adoptive parents I have come to realize there is no reason for the community which they shaped, Parents of Latin American Children (PLAC), to end after High School.
Angela Doering and I created Los Alumnos in 2002 for adopted adults and others who are former participants of PLAC activities. It is the only program under the umbrella of PLAC that is run by alumni so we too have a voice and are able to contribute to this organization in our own unique way; volunteering, being a positive role model for other children who are adopted and supportive to the new young adults as they find their own direction in this crazy place we call our home/world. :)
This includes former La Semana campers & past Dance Troupe dancers. Due to schedules growing up, this group recognizes that not everyone who was adopted had the choice or the knowledge of La Semana Culture camp. This is inclusive to those adopted adults who want to give back to the supportive community of PLAC.
This group is also for those who attended camp and who weren't adopted but believe in the initial value of its inception; to create a place for Latino children and youth to learn about their heritage from Latinos in our communities, fall in love with their own culture and blend it with our new countries' customs and new families.
Anna (Wilhelmi) Palchizaca