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Dear Family & Friends / Querida Família e Amigos

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Dear Family and Friends,

As you may already know, I am planning to travel to Peru on another medical relief trip with the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), a global non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children worldwide by providing medical care and health education. My experience with FIMRC will enable me to learn more about the medical issues facing the developing world and will give me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of underserved children.

During Thanksgiving week in November 2012, I traveled to Nicaragua for my first medical relief trip with FIMRC. It would be an understatement for me to say it was an extraordinary experience! I’ve compiled a few pictures and videos on my Tumblr Blog about my past venture and I look forward to sharing my Peru experience with you as well.

As a volunteer with FIMRC, I have pledged to fundraise for my upcoming trip. These funds will go towards maintaining stocked pharmacy shelves, operating community health outreach programs, and hiring quality health professionals to provide care to underserved communities that FIMRC serves. FIMRC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Philadelphia, PA. As such, your donation in support of my volunteer experience will be fully tax deductible, and you will receive an e-mail of confirmation from the Foundation’s headquarters acknowledging your donation and containing a receipt for your records.

I hope that you will consider supporting me by contributing towards my fundraising goal! Not only will this allow me to participate in this wonderful experience, but it will also allow you to actively contribute to the work that FIMRC is doing to drastically improve the lives of underserved people around the world. Thank you in advance for any support you are able to provide - I am truly grateful for any and all contributions! As a token of my appreciation, I will be visiting the market in Peru and will send you a native gift in honor of your contribution using the address you provide.

Please let me know of any questions you might have, or feel free to contact FIMRC directly via the information provided below!

I look forward to sharing my experience with you!

Warm Regards,

Natasha Costa Klingenberg

FIMRC Donation | Facebook

 

 

FIMRC Information:

E-mail:    missions@fimrc.org

Phone:   (888) 211-8575 ext. 2

Web:       www.fimrc.org

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Querida Família e amigos,


Como vocês já devem saber, eu estou planejando viajar para o Peru em outra viagem de assistência médica com a Fundação Médica para o Alívio Internacional de Menores (FIMRC), uma ONG dedicada a melhorar a vida de crianças em todo o mundo através do fornecimento de assistência médica e educação sobre saúde. Minha experiência com a FIMRC me permitirá saber mais sobre os problemas médicos enfrentados por países em desenvolvimento, e me dará a oportunidade de fazer a diferença na vida de crianças carentes.



Durante a semana de Ação de Graças em novembro de 2012, eu viajei para a Nicarágua para a minha primeira viagem de assistência médica com a FIMRC. Foi uma experiência extraordinária! Eu compilei algumas fotos e vídeos no meu blog do Tumblr sobre a minha aventura e estou ansiosa para compartilhar minha experiência no Peru com vocês.



Como voluntária da FIMRC, eu me comprometi a levantar fundos para a minha viagem, e minha meta é de 3.300 dólares. Esse dinheiro será utilizado para manter farmácias abastecidas, para operar programas de saúde na comunidade, e para contratar profissionais de qualidade para prestar atendimento às comunidades carentes que a FIMRC serve. A FIMRC é uma organização não-governamental e sem fins lucrativos com sede em Filadélfia, EUA. Se você for residente dos Estados Unidos, a sua doação será dedutível no seu imposto de renda, e você receberá um e-mail de confirmação da sede da Fundação reconhecendo a sua doação e contendo um recibo para os seus arquivos.



Eu espero que vocês considerem me apoiar para que eu alcance a minha meta! Isso não só me vai permitir participar dessa experiência maravilhosa, como também permitirá a você apoiar a FIMRC e seu esforço para melhorar a qualidade de vida de pessoas carentes ao redor do mundo. Obrigada desde já por todas e quaisquer doações que vocês são capazes de dar! Como um pequeno gesto de minha gratidão, eu visitarei um mercado local e enviarei uma lembrança peruana em honra da sua contribuição para o endereço que você preferir.



Caso vocês tenham quaisquer dúvidas, por favor não hesitem em me contatar ou contatar a FIMRC diretamente através das opções de contato abaixo!



Mal posso esperar para compartilhar minha experiência com vocês!



Atenciosamente,

Natasha Costa Klingenberg

FIMRC Donation | Facebook

 

Por favor, Compartilha Para Ajudar

 

FIMRC Information:

E-mail:    missions@fimrc.org

Phone:   (888) 211-8575 ext. 2

Web:       www.fimrc.org

What’s GroupRaise?

I’ve used GroupRaise for my fundraisers in the past to have a more “fun and social” way of educating my peers about my future mission trips before they were to donate. They’re presence at the restaurant was already their way of donating to be honest. On the GroupRaise website you have a variety of restaurants to choose from where they will give you anywhere between 10%-20% (more or less) of the total business you bring them in a selected time frame. The “act of donating” at the restaurant would be as followed: When you pay for your food and receive your receipt, you stuff it into the box designated “GroupRaise” and at the end of the night a percentage of the total receipts would be calculated and donated directly towards the cause you were supporting.

My first GroupRaise event took place in 2012 at Little Woodrow’s on Brazos St. I had made a facebook event a few weeks before inviting pretty much everyone I knew. EuroCircle - Houston had their meeting there to bring awareness to my event, my awesome Dentist came to support my cause along with donating a huge bag of new toothbrushes, and my family and friends were there contributing to make my goal realized. Excitingly, a friend from my university co-founded GroupRaise company and came out to support as well! I forgot to mention, Little Woodrow’s had Turtle Racing that night as well…! A few days later, I received my check in the mail and had raised almost $200! ($190 to be exact).

After having that first successful attempt, I used GroupRaise again for a genetic research social project - success once again!

Now, I’m fundraising again and planning my next GroupRaise event at a restaurant… I’m trying to decide where but I’m swaying towards BerryHill Baja Grill. Mmm… I’m hungry just thinking about it!

If you’re fundraising or would like to contribute to a fundraiser, I would highly recommend you to visit www.groupraise.com

Have fun(draising)! (Hope that wasn’t too punny! - okay I’ll stop here)

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10% of each individual sale from AdvoCare is going towards my medical mission trip to Peru in July! Thank you Mr. Erickson, Josie, and Augusto for your business and helping me get a few steps closer to my goal!
Click HERE to learn more on how to be healthy and save a life with AdvoCare!
And visit: http://give.fimrc.org/NckMedmission to see where all the proceeds go

Thanks in advance!
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10% of each individual sale from AdvoCare is going towards my medical mission trip to Peru in July! Thank you Mr. Erickson, Josie, and Augusto for your business and helping me get a few steps closer to my goal!

Click HERE to learn more on how to be healthy and save a life with AdvoCare!

And visit: http://give.fimrc.org/NckMedmission to see where all the proceeds go

Thanks in advance!

Natasha in Nica

"Natasha in Nica" is where it all began. My fundraising and abroad volunteering efforts were born and cultivated within my goals for "Natasha in Nica" to become big! I don’t really remember how big I imagined it to be… actually I do, but my imagination and thought process is like a billion snowballs coming together to be as big as the Earth itself… so I will spare you my initial big" thought process.

I had heard about FIMRC organization from a classmate at my university. I remember him vaguely mentioning a trip he had went to (I want to say it was to the Dominican Republic) and how he had an amazing experience working in the community and watching surgeries. This had peaked my interest (I was working towards completing my pre-med pre-requisites at the time) and I was very interested in extending my hand to others around the world and learning about a foreign country’s health and medical means.

After doing some research about the program, I shared it with my family and in return they shared quite a few concerns. I am a 5 foot-1.5 inch girl and I understand me running around in a foreign country alone didn’t sound like such a safe idea. But, I follow women backpackers and missionaries on instagram who are constantly experiencing a new side of the world, growing insight to new cultures, and having the opportunity to help a community long ways from home… And it really intrigued me. So, without any hesitation, I went for it.

Along with fundraising and holding different events, I reached out to #AmeriCares (a non profit humanitarian aid organization) who generously donated a few boxes of medications and other supplies that were deemed severely in need at the Las Salinas Health Post in Nicaragua. Dr. Patton, my generous dentist, also donated a very large sum of brand new toothbrushes!

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One of my big brothers also helped me put together a video on YouTube (you can watch it at this link):

And, since I exceeded my fundraising goal, I purchased a few more items such as coloring books, hand sanitizer, and other supplies requested from the list then filled a massive luggage with it all! When arriving in the Managua airport and walking out with two luggages (one for me - one large one for donations) the Director’s eyes were huge! (She thought I packed both for me for the week.)

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I arrived November 18th at about 11 pm and proceeded on a 2.5 hour drive getting acquainted with Christine, the director, from Managua to Las Salinas, arriving at 2:15am.

The next morning I walked next door to the Casa de Refugio and was on duty!

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Turning around from the door, this is what I saw.

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This is inside the Casa de Refugio. Yanira (on the left) and Jessica (on the right) hard at work. The doorway in the back to the left is the “Farmacia” and the door to the right of it is where the Pediatrician comes every week, twice a week to see the children in the community. I had the great pleasure of meeting her, Dr. Yandira, and shadowing her while she was working. I saw everything from bronchitis, an open wound inflamed after a surgery which was cleaned and bandaged, a mal nourished baby from not being breast fed, scabies (a parasite which seemed to be very common), hernia in the belly button, afta in the mouth, male babies and toddlers not having the proper hygiene with their private areas resulting in infections, and a child getting injected due to a high fever.

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Before the children saw the Pediatrician, I helped Yanira give a charla about breast feeding in Spanish then proceeded in taking the children’s height and weight measurements. The giraffe painted on the wall on the above picture is where we measured the children’s height - cute isn’t it?

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I have to admit… I didn’t expect the poster to come out this good. This is a poster I made to complement a charla about Personal Hygiene with Yanira at Sofia primary school. We presented it to 1st, 3rd, and 6th graders. The 1st graders were the most enthusiastic!

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Here, Jessica and I set up to do a diabetes charla. The Las Salinas community had a very high population with diabetes. One of the main causes being lack of nutrition. At another site, we gave a brief charla about diabetes and nutrition and proceeded in checking glucose levels and administering the appropriate steps. One elderly lady was in dire need of an IV and insulin and wouldn’t have received proper treatment if it weren’t for the weekly meetings.

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This is the view walking from the Casa de Refugio and clinic to my home-stay. Every night there was a beautiful sunset!

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Jessica does weekly therapy sessions with the Pipitos Program. Along with having educational lessons, such as teaching the alphabet and writing, we also had some students with physical disabilities do some exercises and stretches to develop their muscles. Here’s a video I took with one of the children doing an exercise:

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Instead of seeing a turkey on Thanksgiving, I had the opportunity to drive around doing house calls with the doctor from the next door clinic. The picture and video below is of an elderly man’s foot which the doctor had been treating for some time and believed to be an arterial ulcer and fungal infection

»»»> SKIP NEXT PHOTO if you have a WEAK STOMACH!!!! «««

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For those of you who do not have a weak stomach… Here’s a video I took while cleaning it:

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Now allow me to introduce you to:

Mari and Jasmine, the green pet parrot.

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This is Tatiana, my Nicaraguan sister!

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This is Rosie (my homestay mother) and Mari (Rosie’s niece) outside on the patio on the hammock.

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The rooster who wakes me up before my own alarm:

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And after a long day at work, this is the beach I’d go to watch the sunset and reflect on my blessings.

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It was an absolutely eye-opening and amazing week. Coincidentally, Thanksgiving week was the only time I would be able to travel and it gave me an appreciation and opportunity to feel even more thankful. Every year my family sits together for a wonderful meal and we all share what we were thankful for… and as I was watching a wound being cleaned and visiting patients in the dark, it really struck me how lucky I felt to have had the support and help of my friends and family in helping me get here. The people I met and those who I helped really expanded my desire to continue extending a helping hand internationally and where it’s needed.

Thank you, once again, to everyone who has inspired me and supported me.

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