Right now, Healing Hearts is very small and we don’t have non-profit status. That being said, we dream big! Here’s what we hope to accomplish in the coming months and years. If you feel led to help out in any way with these dreams, please let us know!
Achieve Non-Profit Status
Right now, we’re exploring the options for how to do this. It’s likely we will apply for fiscal sponsorship under another NGO in the near future.
Provide Mobile Diabetic Clinics
We already work with a number of diabetics, but diabetes is an issue throughout the country. We would love to start doing mobile clinics with a van that could serve as our mini clinic. We would offer free blood sugar testing, blood pressure readings, and educational classes on nutrition, as well as providing medicine to those who cannot afford it.
In order to do this, we’ll need to purchase a van eventually.
Build/Rent a Clinic
We would love to open a small clinic that will offer cost effective/free healthcare to needy families. There is a piece of land that would be ideal for this in our town park, right in the center of our pueblo, but it costs $27,000, so that’s probably not going to be an option for a while. The other alternative is to rent a building for around $300-400 a month to serve as a clinic.
The clinic will actually be a multipurpose building. There we will have a nurse or doctor attending patients, a nutrition center where families can learn to cook for specific health issues. Diabetes and high blood sugar are rampant here and we intend to expand our current offerings to include cooking classes. We’ll also help mothers feed and nourish their children and pregnant women will have prenatals and health checkups.
In addition to this, we plan to host medical teams once the country opens back up. These may offer specialty clinics or general health clinics to the locals. If there’s room, we intend to set up a second story of the clinic as a place to stay for teams.
Build a Hospital
Our biggest dream is to build a children’s hospital. More specifically, a pediatric oncology hospital. This sounds crazy and impossible, but it is so very needed. Cancer in children requires traveling to the capital, where children need to wait in line for hours just to see if they can get an appointment. Since many families don’t live near the city, this means it can be difficult to figure out how to get there and how to stay.
The hospital would be built on a larger piece of land and would include housing for volunteers (we would continue with our other outreach programs), a farm to provide fresh food for the hospital and a place for the children to interact with animals, and housing for the families that have to travel too far in order to get treatment.
We would also have a hospice on site, where families with terminally ill children could ease through the transition.
As you can see, this is a very long term goal and will require a lot of money and time!