Honduras is the 2nd poorest country in Central America, with approximately 64% of Hondurans living below the poverty level of 2 dollars per day. Thirty-nine percent of the population is employed in agriculture; however, an onslaught of natural and man-made disasters continue to damage that industry. Deforestation through illegal logging activities has led to widespread erosion and destruction of the agricultural industry.
Madison Rotarians have been traveling to Honduras since 2015 to provide eyeglasses and medical eye care to people in remote mountain regions of southern Honduras. Led by Dr. Michael St.Peter and International Service Chair Tim McMicken, our team has examined over 1,500 people and dispensed over 2,000 pairs of glasses. Most of the villagers have never seen an eye doctor or had prescription glasses.
As part of our on-going International Service project, 7 Rotarians and 3 non-Rotarian dental assistant volunteers spent 7 days in Choluteca, Honduras where we oversaw construction of our EcoStove Project, set up and operated a dental clinic, and distributed dental supplies, vitamins, and clothing to area families. Along with our two dentists and their volunteer assistants, local dentists and students serving as interpreters administered to almost 350 patients. Treatments ranged from exams to cleanings […]