I love the holidays. I always have.
I love them because they represent that one time of the year when its okay, often expected, that everyone will slow down. Its a great time of the year to refocus and re-energize.
Well . . . maybe not this holiday season for HBI - we've got a full December and a big start to 2020. In early December we'll have a team from two family medicine residency training programs joining us in Arequipa to talk about collaborating on a training program in Peru. I am so excited for this meeting. It has long been a dream of mine to help start a residency training program in Perú. A program to train Peruvian physicians in the unique knowledge and skills needed to take care of underserved populations in Perú. So cool. I'll be reporting on this endeavor in future blog posts.
We also have a team from Living Waters for the World - out of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville - visiting the Casa Girasoles in Ica and Urubamba to help us ensure the water filtration systems are running properly and effectively. I am looking forward to working with this passionate group of people to keep clean water flowing for the boys in our homes.
In early December, we'll also be re-signing our historic agreement with the Peruvian College of Midwives to continue our partnership on the NRP train-the-trainer program. And, we will be meeting with the Peruvian Association of Firefighters to sign an agreement to expand our training program for preparing teams of firefighters who can train their colleagues in pre-hospital emergency response.
Throughout December, we'll be meeting with in-country partners to wish them Happy Holidays and extend our appreciation for their support. We'll also be holding Holiday parties for the children in the Casa Girasoles and the children and families in the Ines Project.
All and all, it is going to be a full Holiday Season. So much for my plan to slow things down. Alas, I love the work we are doing so much. It is a great privilege to be in partnership with so many people. And, this Holiday Season we get to celebrate those partnerships.
Thanks for all the continued support. Check out our Holiday Season fundraiser at: Holiday Giving 2019
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