Since 2007, our teams have been visiting Central America – providing much needed primary medical and dental care for more than 25,000 people in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Haiti.
Speroway teams are largely comprised of professionals such as doctors, dentists, paramedics, nurses, dental assistants and other support workers. In each community we set up medical/dental clinics, a pharmacy and distribution areas to deliver medicines, vitamins, food and clothing.
El Salvador 2012 – hope delivered to almost 5,000 people!
From November 10-18, 2012, our team completed our 10th medical/dental team trip. Doctors, dentists, nurses and dental assistants met children and adults in desperate need of care. Here are just a few of the poignant stories that encourage us to keep going to Central America to meet the desperate needs of people who cannot afford to visit a doctor or a dentist.
Meet 3 thankful patients…
A young man recovering from being electrocuted on the job. Electrical exit wounds take months to heal and his feet were badly wounded. Our team gave him a supply of antibiotic ointment and took the time to teach him how to clean and bandage the wounds to initiate healing and keep infection at bay. Marcos still limped away from the clinic but with a big smile on his face – carrying supplies and enough encouragement to keep going.
A six year old who was carried to our team by her mother. At 1 ½ years of age, a routine surgery for a cleft lip and palate repair went wrong – depriving young Cynthia of oxygen for too long. The brain damage was extensive and she will never communicate or walk again. Her mother must carry her everywhere and she was clearly exhausted after her trek to see our team. Immediately, the team sprung to action and a decision was made to purchase the $600 wheelchair her family could never afford. Team members and Cynthia’s mother wept tears of joy as she wheeled her young daughter home and once again lives were changed.
A 20 year old young woman with unbelievable tooth decay saw our mother/daughter dental team. They were able to save all of her front teeth that would have been lost otherwise. The loss of front teeth at such a young age seems impossible for us to even contemplate, however, in Central America it’s a fact of life. That’s why we go!
All of the above is done with YOUR support – thank you for caring, for sharing, and for helping us deliver hope where there was none.
WATCH THIS PAGE FOR MORE AMAZING STORIES COMING SOON…
You can still help us cover costs from this trip for…
- Purchase medicines & vitamins (deworming, vitamins, topical creams, inhalers etc.)
- Purchase food & supplies for distribution
- Shipped the container of supplies from Guelph, Ontario to El Salvador
Thank you for donating toward the costs of our El Salvador 2012 trip. You are impacting the lives of people like Marcos, Cynthia and Keny. Donate online or contact our office at 1-877-382-2262.