Nicaragua 2014 Mission Update from Dr. Julie

Mission Statement: Humanitarian Efforts Reaching Out (HERO) is dedicated to assisting people and animals, especially in poverty-stricken areas of the world, build healthy, sustainable communities that thrive and grow.

Nicaragua: Upcoming in 2015 – January 28 through February 5

We had an incredible humanitarian trip to our site in Nicaragua this past March. We saw almost 2,000 medical patients and nearly 250 dental patients. The veternarians treated countless numbers of animals performing field surgery, vaccinations and loving care. This was our second year serving this area of great need. Through the generous assistance of Vitamin Angels, we were able to ship more than 2,300,000 children’s and prenatal vitamins that were distributed throughout the country to the most empoverished communities. We measured 500 people for eye glasses using our “eye machine” and gave people corrective lenses. This eye project is sponsored by the local Sedona Lion’s Club and Zeiss Laboratories. Our work last year included the construction of a kitchen for one of the local grade schools. This year we added plumbing and electrical to three local schools. The dental project was totally managed by the Parrella family. Dr. Paul Parrella, his wife Amy and their kids extracted more than 125 teeth and did tons of dental cleanings. They were a well oiled machine in true Parrella fashion!

Our parabolic solar project was run by Laura McGrath. The project involves using silver windshield solar reflectors put in a 5 gallon bucket with a black lidded pot in the middle. The temperature can get up to 250-300 degrees. This was a huge hit and many families received one of the units. The FlipFlop Project and the clothing project were a great success also and provided these very basic items to those in need.

The areas we served were devastated by hurricane Mitch in 1998 and today, 16 years later, they are still feeling the effects of this natural disaster. People are living in extreme poverty, suffering from malnutrition and disease. There are more than 3,000 people still living at the local dump. Many of the children living there were born and raised at the dump and know no other way of life! We also ventured inland and served several farming communities that are far from any medical care. One of our days included travel by boat across the estruary bringing much needed help to the people in this isolated community. HERO brought all of this support hoping to improve their lives and to help them build more sustainable communities.

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We are now preparing to return!  We are committed to this area and we are looking forward to our return trip but we need your support. We have a budget of almost $120,000. Team members who volunteer are required to pay their own expenses and no one in the HERO organization is paid. We all do this work because we love it!!!! All proceeds go directly to the people and the HERO projects. Our next mission will include two separate teams so we can accommodate all of the dedicated volunteers who want to represent you and HERO in Nicaragua. We will return in 2015 for another 2 weeks to “Give Back.” Please give generously from your heart and make this community a better place for these beautiful and loving people.

Who we are.

HERO is a collaborative team of people wanting to make a difference and to give from their hearts. Some are health professionals, scientists, researchers, academics, engineers and volunteer lay people. Each offers a unique skill and a willingness to help. We are all dedicated to helping those less fortunate than ourselves to create a healthier life in a more sustainable community hoping to preserve their cultures and alleviate human and animal suffering.

Our organization was begun by a small group of people who wanted to “give back.” We were aware of our fortunate lives and of those far less fortunate than ourselves. We began as a grassroots medical team that served in the remote mountains of Honduras. We are now comprised of a diverse group of volunteers which gives us the ability to serve more people in many more ways. Read more …

How you can help.

We rely on the help of others who also want to “give back.” We are a volunteer organization and need people who have the same calling to assist those in need. For those who want to help but have no time to volunteer, we need donations to keep our projects going. Please give generously so we may help to make a difference in someone’s life and to help build sustainable communities in these devastated areas. Check out our action projects section on this website for further information.

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