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September 2023 Newsletter | FundeSur

Introduction to the Period of Vedas 2023 for the Toruga Golfinas

We join through the CVC-GOLF and have inaugurated the 2023 closed season for the protection and conservation of the hawksbill turtle; a living treasure and symbol of identity for the coastal communities in southern Honduras. The hawksbill turtle is classified as a vulnerable species. Its preservation is crucial both for maintaining the balance of the marine ecosystem and for preserving the natural and cultural richness of our region. Since our inception, with the support of communities, we have released over 300,000 hawksbill turtle hatchlings on our shores. This year, we have set an ambitious goal: the collection and protection of 65,000 eggs of this species.

The power of all questions lies within!

In the Volunteer Program at Fundesur, we believe that small gestures can make a big difference. In our first activity, our brave volunteers embarked on a special mission: creating piñatas. United by the cause, they got down to work. With creativity and dedication, each piñata took shape. Fifty unique pieces, full of colors and hope, ready to bring smiles to the hearts of those who need it most. The magic didn't end there; these piñatas traveled to 21 schools in 4 municipalities, ready for the celebration of Children's Day. Our volunteers not only brought piñatas but also their affection and friendship. They played, laughed, and shared dreams, creating memories that will last forever. By being part of our volunteer network, you won't just be contributing your time and talent, but you'll also be part of a committed and supportive community. You'll meet like-minded people, broaden your perspective, and gain valuable skills for your personal and professional development.

In a remarkable display of solidarity and international cooperation, the Rotary Club Javea and the FUNDACION SALUD INFANTIL in Spain have successfully implemented an initiative that leaves a lasting impact on public health in Honduras. Thanks to their efforts, the Hospital de Denia has donated 500 vials of Sodiopen, a crucial crystalline penicillin for the treatment of congenital syphilis in newborns. This medication, scarce and hard to find in Central America, was promptly sent to the Hospital General del Sur, where medical professionals are facing a growing concern over the incidence of neonatal syphilis cases. The lack of appropriate medications to address this serious situation had created an alarming scenario, jeopardizing the health and future of many newborns and their families. The impact of this donation goes beyond the 500 vials delivered; the act of generosity from the Rotary Club Javea, the Fundación Salud Infantil, and the Hospital de Denia not only highlights the power of teamwork and collaboration between organizations but also underscores the importance of social responsibility and healthcare as pillars of a fairer and healthier society.

Building Stoves (Eco-Stoves)

With immense joy, we share the achievement accomplished in collaboration with our partners from Proyecto Mirador – the delivery of 152 eco-stoves (estufas 2x3) in various locations within the municipality of Namasigüe. In the rural areas of our country, over 81% of households rely on wood-burning stoves for cooking. This reality has multiple negative consequences for both families and the environment.

𝗘𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗰 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀: The eco-stoves (estufas 2x3) significantly help families reduce firewood consumption, resulting in tangible savings for the most vulnerable households.

𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀: Reduced wood consumption means less tree cutting, contributing to the conservation of our precious forests.

𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗯𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗳𝗶𝘁𝘀: Burning wood emits up to 26 dangerous pollutants into the air, including carbon monoxide, which can cause respiratory illnesses and eye problems. The eco-stoves (estufas 2x3) drastically reduce these emissions.

We know the road is long, but each stove we install is a step closer to a healthier and more sustainable future for all.

We receive the third container of medicines from Map International

We are proud to announce the receipt of the third container of medicines from our partner MAP International. This significant donation, valued at approximately 31 million lempiras, includes prenatal vitamins, medications for cholesterol, hypertension, pneumonia, allergies, thyroid conditions, deworming agents, oral rehydration solutions, antifungal creams, allergy medications, and antibiotics. In addition to these medications, essential hospital supplies are also included, which will be highly beneficial for the health centers and hospitals receiving them.

This generous gesture of solidarity represents another step in our close collaboration with MAP International, which, through the three containers received, translates to a total investment of 216 million lempiras in medicines aimed at improving the health of the most vulnerable populations in Honduras. We deeply appreciate MAP International for their ongoing support and generosity, enabling us to continue fulfilling our mission of enhancing the health and well-being of the Honduran population.

This year, we are proud to announce that, alongside CVC-Golf, we have achieved an impressive milestone in the conservation and protection of our beloved hawksbill turtles. During the period from September 1st to 25th, we closed the fishing ban with an astonishing total of 49,579 collected turtle eggs. This endeavor would not have been possible without the dedication of around 150 families who joined us to protect these majestic creatures. Together, we created 563 nests in five turtle camps located in Punta Ratón, El Carretal, Cedeño, Isla Boca del Rio Viejo, and El Venado Punta Condega. We deeply appreciate everyone who was part of this collective effort to protect our hawksbill turtles. Your support and dedication are invaluable to our marine ecosystem.

We continue bringing hope and care to expectant mothers in the less privileged communities in southern Honduras through our ultrasound service. This service allows mothers to gain detailed insights into the status of their pregnancy and the overall health of their baby. In this special outreach, we had the honor of benefiting from the solidarity and expertise of our volunteer, Dr. Norma Edinora Brooks de Cherenfant. Her dedication and professionalism enabled us to conduct 35 ultrasounds over three days of selfless work.

Thanks to the addition of this new service, these communities now have access to prenatal care. The communities of San Bernardo, Namasigüe; Azacualpa, El Triunfo; and Pueblo Nuevo Marcovia, received 6, 12, and 17 ultrasounds, respectively, providing a ray of reassurance and love to these brave women and their babies on the way. Our mission remains steadfast—to bring health and well-being closer to those who need it most. We express our gratitude to Dr. Brooks for helping us bring light to these corners of Honduras.

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