Drs. Kohls and Votel spent a week in Honduras working with One World Surgery which functions within an organization called NPH, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, “our little brothers “. NPH has ranches in Mexico and Central America that house orphaned children as well as those whose parents cannot care for them and gives them education, health care and instruction in trades through high school. The kids can continue to college and even beyond if they so choose. A few in NPH Honduras have done that and have come back to work on the ranch and at the Holy Family Surgery Center which is now run through One World Surgery. The medical director, an orthopedic surgeon, is such a case!
The HFSC now runs year round instead of occasionally and is staffed by Honduran medical care providers with help from visiting brigades of Americans, both medical and non medical. There are plenty of jobs for both types, from surgery, to perioperative nursing care, to the making of 900 tortillas daily on the ranch. The opportunity to interact with the “pequenos” or kids who live there is wonderful, too. Dr Kohls has a godchild whom she has sponsored for 6 years who is now in high school. There are many more who would love a sponsor! The doctors see patients in clinic, too, offering non surgical treatment as well. Most of the care given here is free and the recipients are sincerely grateful as well as infinitely patient, waiting hours to days to be seen, traveling great distances. Many have no other option and the Honduran medical system has little to offer most citizens. Drs Kohls and Votel encourage questions about their experience and can help you get more information if you want to have your own adventure. We are so blessed in this country that to work a week for those less fortunate in return for their gratitude and love is a privilege.