I'm going on a nursing mission to Honduras, and here's the fundraising site.
I don't have any fancy internet viral-video extravaganzas featuring celebrities dumping buckets of ice water on their heads. That may be to my disadvantage. I'm just doing this because I think it's a good thing to do.
Last year, some of my nursing school instructors went to Haiti on a medical mission, and I joined them to get a sample of what the experience was like. We set up our clinic in an orphanage. There is no place more depressing than a Haitian orphanage. Most of the kids had ringworm and, of course, intestinal parasites from drinking the water. And then we opened up to the local community, and that was just as bad. It was really sad, and frustrating, but the people were grateful for the little bit of help we were able to provide. And I ate goat, which was not as shocking as I thought it would be.
So this time I'm going to Honduras, which just as impoverished and perhaps a skosh more violent. Good times.
As fortunate Americans, I don't think there is any point in apologizing for our own lifestyles, affluent or otherwise. But we also need to be aware that there is a world around us. I, sitting at my computer right now, did not create the political and economic problems of Honduran society, but I can go there and use my skills as a Registered Nurse and help out a little bit. Just teaching them basics about health care, I can help a lot, perhaps.
Anyway--if you would like to donate to providing health care around the world, please give a few dollars. I will gladly take $1.