TFC Students Head To Honduras
The Toccoa Falls College Fetterman School of Nursing and the Global Ministries Department is sponsoring a mission trip to Honduras in March. The group has held several fundraising events for the trip including a 6K Race, and a Dinner and Day Care event. The group of 20 students and three faculty members will leave for Olancho, Honduras on March 9th.
The trip to Honduras will allow these future healthcare providers and community development workers an opportunity to get firsthand experience from practitioners working among the regions most underprivileged. 65% of Honduras’ population lives below the poverty level. Moreover, 638,000 lack access to safe water and another million people lack access to basic sanitation. TFC Nursing students will lend their services in local health clinics, while Community Development students will be working with rural families to improve their livelihoods through agricultural and economic education.
Students will be working with Honduras Outreach International, (hoi.org) an organization that focuses on both health and sustainable community development needs. Each year, an average of 10,000 patients from 33 villages receive quality healthcare and disease prevention education through HOI’s four health clinics and visiting medical missions volunteers. HOI’s primary focuses are nutrition, sanitation, immunization, malaria and dengue education, family planning, and pre and postnatal care.
HOI’s community development teams focus on building latrines to prevent illnesses by improving health and sanitation conditions, constructing water lines to provide access to clean water and provide training in sustainable gardening, providing opportunities for better nutrition throughout their community.
For over 25 years HOI has worked to address the spiritual and physical needs of the residents of the Agalta Valley in Central Honduras, using mission teams to make a long-term impact. Over 1,000 North American volunteers travel with HOI on mission trips to Honduras and Nicaragua annually.