It's Sunday morning in the City of Lima and the staff of HBI are coming together for our annual retreat.
Every year about this time, we meet (usually in the City of Lima) for two days of review, planning and strategic discussions. It's one of my favorite times of the year. The retreat is a chance to reflect on our accomplishments, develop a strategy for the coming year (and beyond) and join together as a team to support one another.
This years retreat comes on the heels of the "Adventure Run" trip to the Sacred Valley of Cusco, a full docket of activities in the City of Arequipa for our Anemia Prevention and Treatment Project and planning for a strategic summit with the Neonatal Resuscitation Project.
I am so proud of the HBI team. They are a great inspiration. So much of the bridge building we do happens outside of the lights of notoriety. Just this week, our Director of Nursing, Ms. Karen Falkenstein, made heroic efforts to save the life of an 18 year old girl forgotten by the medical system with a complex form of cancer. She, by building bridges with partners and allies, helped to create a safety net for a young adult with little support. The future is still unclear for the young woman, but one thing is certain - she knows she is loved and Karen has helped to create a care plan that will give her the best chance of a future.
I'm so proud of who we are and what we are doing in the world. This next two days is a great chance to celebrate our successes and build a plan for our future.
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