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Operation Honduras is a group of Northeast Pennsylvania volunteers who travel to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, annually.The week long annual trips are dedicated to improving the quality of life of orphans and other people living in that area. Success of the trips is made possible through the help of in-country volunteers. Generous sponsors of this group include: local churches; including Wyoming Valley Presbyterian Church, Church of Christ Uniting, local clubs including Rotary, and many individuals. Volunteers regularly travel to the work sites prior to main group arrival for planning purposes.
CONTRIBUTE: (financially) to Wyoming Valley Presbyterian Church, "WVPC
2 Lockhart St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703; please memo check “Operation Honduras-Airfare Fund” or "Operation Honduras Material Fund”.
**Above donations go directly to materials or airfare-there are no administrative fees**
DONATE:used hearing aids (Starkey credits OH account for each used aid received), anti inflammatory medications; adult & children, tablets & suspension (acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen); cough suppressants; nasal decongestants; ascorbic acid;calcium;ferrous sulfate & folic acid. Donations are hand delivered to Ruth Paz Clinic.
VOLUNTEER:You will need to budget an estimated $1100.00 plus miscellaneous costs associated with passport, vaccinations, etc
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Operation Honduras "OH" Volunteers & Supporters:
2019 GIFT OF SIGHT TO HONDURAS update:
Tegucilgalpa & San Pedro Sula:
Thank God! for Dra Wasmanski and her tireless volunteer efforts. She is spending hours each day typing in exams and prescriptions on ESSILOR website per my 1/11/19 email. We are hoping and praying to have all 900+ Tegucigalpa and 400 San Pedro Sula patients eye glasses in hand for personal delivery Feb 14-21, 2019. And we thank God! for the volunteer services of our best friends Christof Wittwer and Angela Ardon.
Concepcion & Tocoa:
We love Concepcion! and the many, many wonderful volunteers we met there who have treated us with exceptional hospitality. The patients and sponsors deserve the best quality services we can provide. Please find this email as a formal request to resubmit exams an our Operation Honduras exam forms and PLEASE be sure to provide best quality examination and to fully complete the exam form.
We have not received exams from Tocoa and it is well past the deadline. Please feel free to send exams but we will not be delivering eye glasses to Tocoa during our Februaru 14-21 2019 trip.
Yours in Service
: OHupdate/flights/big dogs in heat/shiver by the river/marketing plan/long live the king!/cheap sob
Operation Honduras "OH" Volunteers and Supporters:
Please find this email as an official Feb 14-21, 2019 update and follow up to our 11/28/18 email.
School by the landfill:
LONG LIVE THE KING! Billy King that is..and wonderful wife Tesla. They could have complained about a visa issue keeping them in Honduras; instead they VOLUNTEERED to not only prep the job site but have walls started-see pic below-so we can be very close to completion on the 21st. Our "big dogs in heat" construction finish crew (isn't it great to say FINISH CREW!!!) will be led by Rick Hill, Matt Petlock, Dr Solfanelli, Todd, Paul Pagoda and THE KING. I wired $4000 yesterday in addition to $4000 prior. I want to plant trees; beautiful landscaped tress, to make the grounds of the school pretty-a damn symbol of hope to these beautiful kids. And put a wedding necklace around 1 tree; something from Karen Dartt (thank you! Dartt Foundation for generous donation) in memory of Carrissa around another, maybe Matt will bring something to remember his brother Joe, rest his soul...everybody/anybody can bring something-we can remember BIG AL Scheatzle and so many more...beautiful trees.
GIFT OF SIGHT:
Thank God for Dra Wasmanski! Our most generous <free!> lense donor, Essilor Foundation, now requires all 1500+ exams received, and prescriptions, to be input/typed on their website-a job only Alexandra can do- requiring hours per day. Shes volunteering more time than any gringa. We expect to purchase frames for the discounted price of $7000 including shipping; we wired $1200 to our best friend Dr Carlos Zelaya to pay his expenses only to test patients in Concepcion. He & staff volunteer ALL THEIR TIME. San Pedro Sula/Christof's 400 frames should be shipped out Monday; Concepcions/Dr Zelaya's 167 later next week, then we start Tegucigalpa/Angela "the Angel of Tegucigalpa" Ardon's 900+. We still haven't received exams from TOCOA. We will try our best to have all ready. I have never seen my "younger sister" Angela Ardon pissed off and I want to keep it that way. Thank God for Vasanth Prabhu! A life memory for me was meeting with one of the hundreds of cataract patients that he and Lions Club clinic literally gave sight to the blind. And it continues.
GIFT OF SOUND:
We just received a formal written offer from Starkey Foundation to host a hearing event in San Pedro Sula for 800; this will add to the 11,000+ we already served. I plan to email back contingent acceptance. Maybe Angela will ride back with us from Tegucigalpa to San Pedro after her eye event to: tour SPS event sites and whatever else she needs. Angela: Please find this email as a formal request to email Christof and I a list of what you need in SPS to perform Starkey Foundation Phase I and II. We will arrange site visits, including local military base?, and hopefully address other requirements. Yes we are still financially underwater from the last event-I cant explain that to the needy kids.
FRESH WATER projects in Tocoa:
We have many people/donors who are fresh water advocates but they dont want to wait for matching grants. Id like to see a project started now, with all benefits visible, so I can sell the philanthropist investor on it and maybe name the well after his dad. We can find the money per 11/18/18 email to start the well NOW.
FLIGHTS: theres a very convenient round trip DELTA flight out of Avoca for $567..Im thinking of making my reservations NOW and likely will within a couple days..let me know ALEXANDRA, MATT, TODD, TORI and others if you want me to book your flight :)
MEETING REMINDER: January 31, 2019 THURSDAY 7p.m. at Wilkes Barre TGIFridays (880 Kidder St.) usual back room. Ill email prior and bring: meeting itinerary, updated volunteer list w/assignments, daily in-country itinerary, checked in donation bag assignments, and more.
DONATIONS: WE NEED THEM! Thank you Paul Pagoda for fightin the fight-cant wait to see how much you raised for building materials-we need it desperately. Make checks payable to Wyoming Valley Presbyterian Church, mail to me, memo if you want it designated to a particular project "building materials" for example.
My father, rest his soul, raised a cheap son of a gun (me); a true right wing conservative capitalist! Christof is politically farther to the left than Karl Marx by the way-we still love him. I can't stay away from a good investment; one reason I live cheaply is so I can save and earn 'big money' investment returns. I read above and cant think of a better philanthropic investment than our own OH. The aforementioned 800 pair of hearing aids alone retails for 1.28 million dollars I'm told. The mall across the street from Copantl sells eye glasses for $300; this multiplied by 1500 is $450,000. Who doesnt want to provide a good school to needy kids? And the donor could name it after his or her mom or dad. Where else are we going to get these deals? We just have to advertise this opportunity to philanthropic investors. Before we depart I plan to send letters in hand written envelopes to each owner of eye and hearing clinics in Luzerne and Lackawanna County asking for their help and leadership-we are transparent but lousy communicators; its better if they come down.
SHIVER BY THE RIVER: I left the house this mornin..bells r ringin..drums a beatin..at 610am, outside temperature 13 degrees, to run 3 miles atop the susquehanna river dike with everybodys best friend Matt Petlock. He dressed like he was crossing the north pole (see pic). Im in a blunt mood today; you "shiver by the river" for 3 miles and let me know what mood you're in!!!. But I wouldnt trade it. I thanked God at our "pulpit" turn around spot for giving opportunities.
Yours in Service,