This morning I was going through my desk, as I hunker down for a long period of working from home. I found a bunch of old pictures. Some of the photographs were from a medical outreach campaign we did well over 20 years ago. A medical outreach project to a community where we still work today.
The pictures, aside from the young faces, tell an astonishing story of our history. From the work we originally did providing direct care to underserved communities, to our work developing advocacy programs, model service delivery programs, and training health professionals . . . we have come a long way as an organization. Now, in the face of this global epidemic, we are working as an organization to really make sure we have the knowledge, skills, tools and resources to best serve the communities we are called to serve.
Today was the first day the team for our Ines Project, a project for medically fragile children and their families, met virtually. Our team got together on web cameras in various parts of the city of Lima and worked to assure families living in significant poverty with children with medically fragile conditions and living with a disability, have the resources, advocacy, and services they need to best take care of themselves . . . in this extraordinary time.
I am so proud of our team. I am so proud where we've come as an organization. When I look back at the old pictures and I see the work we did; and now, the work that we are doing - it is astonishing how much we have grown.
We are as committed as ever to building bridges.
I am excited to see how much more we will learn and grow as we respond to the challenges facing the communities we serve in the face of the global pandemic – and in the new climate and culture that will surely form.
The HBI Blog is a rotating journal from our staff. Our Blog is a series of messages from the field, insights from our work, and lessons in service.