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Your donations in action – A snapshot of BBF’s core relief work

With so many natural disasters and man-made calamities often overshadowing our daily news cycles, I thought it important to highlight the near daily life changing impact of your ongoing support of BBF’s regular relief work. Covering the period from January – June 2023, the excerpts and overview below are from a report of one such partner which works extensively in Central America, Cross Catholic Outreach (CCO). We’re pleased to add that this work is indicative of any number of our dedicated partners, religious or secular, and people around the world whose hearts lie in helping others in need. As always, we will continue to bring you their stories in the coming issues of this publication.

The countries served covered by the report, include Guatemala, Honduras & the Dominican Republic (DR) – across which BBF donated 10 containers of essential medicines and medical supplies to assist vulnerable community members. These totaled more than 406,000 bottles and packs of medicine, and greater than 574,000 items of medical supplies. The medicines and supplies were distributed through a network of clinics, hospitals, and other recipient healthcare institutions by the Asociacion Amigos por la Salud y la Vida (ASV) in Guatemala, Asociación La Perla (ALP) in Honduras, along with Fundación Hospital General El Buen Samaritano (HBS), and Fundación Ciento por Uno (FCU), in the Dominican Republic.  

Per CCO “[We are] thrilled to report that BBF’s health donations have had a significant positive impact on recipient institutions and beneficiaries. Thank you, BBF, for your unwavering support, which empowers us to bring about substantial and transformative change in the lives of those we serve.”

The background and in-country partner profiles from the feedback report provide an understanding of both the areas that we serve and who it is that in collaboration with BBF, helps transform lives for the better where so dearly needed.

Background: Guatemala, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic are all countries that face significant challenges including poverty, violence, and limited access to healthcare. In Guatemala, nearly 60% of the population lives below the poverty line. The lack of income makes it difficult for people to afford basic necessities, healthcare, and essential medicines. Honduras is also a country with high levels of poverty often compounded by violence. As a result, many people in Honduras are afraid to seek medical care even when they are sick. In the Dominican Republic, nearly one in four people live below the poverty line.  With limited access to healthcare, they often lack the preventative care they need to stay healthy.

Almost across the board in all three countries, clinics and hospitals are struggling to maintain adequate supplies due to budget constraints and experience shortages of medicines, diagnostic tools, surgical instruments, plus other essential medical equipment.

In-Country Partners and impact: Collaborating with local implementation partners is crucial to the success of BBF’s work. It enables us to understand needs on the ground and work with our partners to help address these needs. The overview of each local partner below provides the reader with an insight into how they are reaching those in need across Guatemala, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic.

Asociación Amigos por la Salud y la Vida (ASV), Guatemala, implements programs and initiatives that address the underlying social determinants of health such as poverty, lack of education, and social exclusion. ASV’s distribution network reaches remote areas and partners with community organizations, local health clinics, and government agencies to improve the health of vulnerable populations. It includes clinics, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations that span across all 22 departments of Guatemala and consists of 32 hospitals, 287 clinics, 14 medical brigades, 15 children’s homes, and 22 churches, totaling 370 institutions.

Asociación La Perla (ALP), Honduras, provides food, medicine, medical supplies, hygiene products, and housing materials to institutions and individuals in need. Its goal is to further develop and support its medical distribution program and network of healthcare institutions that reach remote communities. ALP collaborates with over 170 health-based institutions in seven departments of Honduras, including 69 health clinics and dispensaries, 7 hospitals, 23 medical brigades, and a variety of schools, feeding centers, and children’s facilities.

Fundación Hospital General El Buen Samaritano (HBS), Dominican Republic, in La Romana, provides a broad range of medical services to the local community members and Haitian immigrants. It is an invaluable facility that addresses the healthcare needs of vulnerable community members. HBS has been able to support 500 primary care units, over 80 hospitals, 30 asylum facilities, 15 rehabilitation centers, 110 churches, 25 Rotary clubs, and over 100 local nonprofit organizations in all 32 provinces in the DR.

Fundación Ciento por Uno (FCU), Dominican Republic, works to uplift vulnerable communities through development projects, food programs, and microcredit. FCU also distributes medicines and supplies to the Caritas clinic which provides a broad range of services for patients including expectant mothers. FCU works through an extensive distribution network of 56 institutions, including hospitals, clinics, local nonprofits, and churches – working towards a brighter future for the Dominican Republic.

I hope this somewhat deeper look into BBF’s work has provided you the reader, who makes this work possible, with an insight into how you are directly making an impact on so many lives. Without your support, this would not be possible. Thank you on behalf of everyone here at BBF and so many around the world whose lives you help change for the better on an ongoing basis.

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