Welcome to our monthly newsletter! In this edition, we will share the latest updates from Thomassique, Haiti, and inspire you with several good news stories. We share information on the supplies and equipment we’ve sent around the world, including our impactful support for a new project near the border between Banica, Dominican Republic and Haiti.
We kindly request your participation in reviewing Medical Missionaries‘ work to help us earn the 2023 Top-Rated GreatNonProfits Badge. Lastly, mark your calendars and save the date for our Fall 2023 Gala on October 21st. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!
St. Joseph Clinic Update
Medical Missionaries Enjoys Visit from St. Joseph Clinic Manager!
Medical Missionaries has had an amazing set of leaders over the years. At the same time we are blessed to have new volunteers join our efforts.
The picture below includes:
- Dr. Gil Irwin, President and Founder of Medical Missionaries.
- Fr. Jack O’Hara, a long time priest at the Banica, DR mission and strong supporter of Medical Missionaries and their work.
- Junior Charles Saint-Fleur, St. Joseph Clinic manager.
- Dr. Mike Morsch, a multiple time medical team provider to St. Joseph Clinic and other areas in Haiti.
- Dr. George Bazaco, a long time supporter of Medical Missionaries including medical missions, fundraising, delivering supplies in the US and many other tasks.
- Bob who is new to Medical Missionaries and frequent traveler and supporter of medical clinics in Haiti.
- Dr. Ken Kornetsky, a cofounder and frequent medical team visitor to St. Joseph Clinic and other areas in Haiti as well as medical coordinator between St. Joseph Clinic and Medical Missionaries.
- Pete Silva, maintains Medical Missionaries web site and is tech manager.
Medical Missionaries is grateful for its tireless and wonderful volunteers. We are always looking to welcome new volunteers that want to help the poorest of the poor.
St. Joseph Celebrates Its 16th Anniversary!
St. Joseph Clinic celebrated its 16th anniversary in June by bringing the community together. As part of the celebration, the Clinic hosted a health fair and there was plenty of entertainment and food. Check out pictures and videos of the event on our website.
Maternal and Infant Care Program
Please visit the Medical Missionaries website for more information about the Maternal and Infant Care Program (MIC) at St. Joseph Clinic in Thomassique, Haiti.
Health Clinic – Los Cacaos, Haiti
Earlier this year, Medical Missionaries supported a medical team that provided healthcare in the Dominican Republic. Between the different clinics that they held, they also visited a small, severely under-funded clinic in Los Cacaos, Haiti. This clinic is across the river from Pedro Santana, DR. Medical Missionaries has committed to collecting and sending needed medical supplies and equipment. We will keep you updated as this effort develops.
Food Shortages Continue In Vulnerable Communities
An empty refrigerator and pantry is every family’s worst nightmare. Medical Missionaries’ works to combat this problem by providing non-perishable food to the Rocklick Food Pantry. The food donations we send are very much appreciated by the Grundy community in Virginia. Thank you to all who donate every month! Our website has a list of items that are always in need.
Annual Fall Gala – Save The Date!
We are one month closer to our Annual Fall Gala! Save the Date: Saturday October 21st at the Windy Knolls Farm in Nokesville, Va! Pat and Jerry Skeens, who along with managing the Rocklick Pantry in Grundy are also accomplished Appalachian musicians, will share the stage with musical friends Mike Morch and others. We will have more news to share soon!
Supplies and Equipment In and Out
Monacan Indian Nation, Va: Medical Missionaries team drove to the Lynchburg area of Virginia on May 30th to visit members of the Monacan Nation. Thanks to our donors’ generosity, the team delivered school uniforms, educational supplies, sports equipment and hygiene items as pictured in the photo below.
Monacan members Roy, Edith and Edith’s mother Eleanor hosted Dr Irwin’s team and shared the stories and photos below.
The log cabin was originally built by the Episcopal Church in 1868 and in 1908 became the Bear Mountain Indian Mission School. Roy and Eleanor, along with other tribal members, went to school there until public schools were integrated in the area in 1963. The school was restored by the tribe as the Monacan Indian Museum.
Medical Missionaries Manassas Office Summer Schedule
Our regular office team members are taking turns visiting family and friends over the summer. Our office may be closed at some points during the season. The white truck in front of the office at 9590 Surveyor Court is always parked and open for any donations to be dropped off, should the office be closed. Please note that we are not able to accept adult diapers at this time. Visit our website to check on the type of items we collect.
We are in the process of collecting reviews so that we can earn our 2023 Top-Rated Badge for Great NonProfits!
Here are some samples of past reviews:
“A very impressive, hard working and dedicated group of people run this organization. Donations are delivered on a daily basis, cataloged and distributed to the poorest of the poor on an as needed basis throughout the U. S. and the world.”
“I saw firsthand how their support went directly to the people on the ground. They support Klinik San Josef as the primary medical support for a large community in the historically poor and malnourished Central Plateau, and their work is well-known and respected throughout the region. Few organizations have managed to maintain the consistency and community integration that they have. It’s a kind of trust that only comes with consistent engagement over a long period of time.”
Anyone can write a review! Please share your stories of how Medical Missionaries has impacted your lives!
Just click on this link. We would love to hear your story!
Our Founder and President, Dr. Gil Irwin, has traveled extensively in the U.S. and around the world on medical trips. He has brought his memories of those travels to life through his authentic oil paintings. Support Medical Missionaries projects and purchase a painting by Dr. Irwin!
Please contact the office (703) 335-1800 or INFO@MEDICALMISSIONARIES.ORG
if you are interested in purchasing one. We ship too!