On April 10th to the 20th there was a Helping
Hands Medical Mission in Guatemala.
|Dr. Brezinski helping a patient with his medical skill and his Catholic faith.|
with Marichu Mercado, Development Director for Helping Hands, on this
truly inspiring event.
What is Helping Hands Medical Missions (HHMM)?
Hands Medical Missions is a nonprofit organization providing humanitarian aid
in rural areas of developing countries. It offers its volunteers
a transforming experience and the opportunity to share their faith
while selflessly serving others.
Who participated in the mission?
together twenty-three people for the mission, including Father Fergus O’Carroll,
LC, Brother Mathew Green, LC, and Lupita Assad, HHMM International
Director. There were also four doctors from the US, three
from El Salvador, one physical therapist from El Salvador, three
volunteers from the US, two volunteers from Mexico, one surgery
technician, four nurses, one nursing student, one medical student
from the US, another from Canada, two from Mexico and
four from El Salvador.
The local Regnum Christi
team provided two doctors from Guatemala City, fifty-four missionaries and
numerous translators. Carlos Pinto
served as the General Coordinator
of the Mission and Luis Pedro Unda as the Hospital
Coordinator. Pedro Molina, the assistant Director of the Guatemalan
Regnum Christi Section, and his family were
present helping at all times, with much humility and self-giving.
|Father Fergus O’Carroll, LC, celebrating Palm Sunday Mass. Christ was definitely the center of this mission.|
Where did the missionaries stay?
The missionaries stayed at
first in host houses in Guatemala City, later at la
Hacienda La Concepcion located by a sugar cane refinery near
Escuintla 40 kms south of Guatemala City, and the last
night at host houses.
Is another HHMM planned for Guatemala or
any other country for the near future?
We would love to
return to Guatemala next year. So far this was the
best organized mission yet and the good we were able
to accomplish in a such a short period of time
was inspiring, especially when we consider that the whole mission
was organized in less than two months. Our next mission
will be in the Amazon of Brazil in July. The
calendar for the missions is listed on our website, www.hhmm.org.
|Melanie teaching the children how to pray.|
How many HHMM missions have there been in
HHMM has organized a total of twenty-nine medical missions:
sixteen in Mexico, six in El Salvador, three in Venezuela,
two in Brazil, one in the Dominican Republic and one
What were some of the results of this latest
mission in Guatemala?
There were 2000 patients seen and twenty-four operated
on. The mission got newspaper coverage three days in
a row on the front page. Carlos Pinto, the
mission coordinator for Guatemala, has mentioned that people have
become interested just by reading the newspaper. He also
said that the missions helped to make everyone feel part
of a large family, that they served to unite his
local Regnum Christi team and that many
people have expressed interest in Regnum Christi
having seen the work of the mission. So as
you can see the results were amazing.
(May 13, 2003)