Thursday, January 10, 2008

FTC's Medical Team Is Getting Ready To Travel

FTC’s medical team is excited about leaving for Guatemala on February 23, 2008. Most of the team members traveled to Honduras with FTC last February, and words cannot capture their thoughts as they prepare themselves to once again bring hope to humble families trying to exist in some of Guatemala's poorest neighbourhoods.

Last year, it was amazing to see how a firm handshake from a Canadian doctor, or the touch of a cold stethoscope on a small brown chest could actually lift the human spirit. A little compassion goes a long way in places where is none, and each day people left the mobile medical clinic with a renewed light in their eyes.

This year, we are very pleased about the addition of a dentist and a dental assistant so that we can run a dental clinic as well. We anticipate treating over 3500 patients during the five days of clinics, in areas where there is very little medical/dental care.

Medical team members have been collecting items to ship to Guatemala this month in a container that sails next week. Items like small toys, warm hats, gloves, tennis balls, underwear, blankets, children’s vitamins, and food will be distributed at the medical clinics each day. Simple acts of kindness from the team, will give these Guatemalans the opportunity to catch their breath and receive the courage they need to go on.

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