by Kevin Broyles
Please join us as we welcome 2012! The HOPE worldwide – Bolivia team is excited about the year ahead and our collaborative work with Hospital Arco Iris (HAI) and Foundation Arco Iris (FAI). If the accomplishments of our first quarter here in Bolivia are any indication of our future success, then 2012 will indeed be a prosperous year for Arco Iris and HOPE worldwide!
We are beginning this year with our permanent team in place – the Broyles and Basilio families, Gwen Ellis and Matt Walker, and we are excited about the focus of our work in 2012. After a very successful leadership retreat this past December, our goal for this year will be to continue working with the HAI leadership to develop and implement a “compacto” (an agreement between our administration, colleagues and patients). Additionally, we will continue to explore opportunities to help HAI become auto-sustainable and financially solvent in order to achieve our goal of providing care to the children who live in the streets, as well as to the poor. The HAI Health System currently provides care to over 180,000 people each year – 60% of the care is for children less than 18 years of age, 90% of the care is for the poor and over 70,000 medical visits are free. The HAI/Hww team is preparing to establish a new private and walk-in medical clinic in 2012 with the dream of building a second full-service hospital in the future. In February we will begin the first nursing assistant program in Bolivia. Ongoing nursing and physician educational opportunities will continue to be created and offered by the HOPE worldwide – Bolivia team throughout the year. Another goal this year will be to continue strengthening our alliances with our international colleagues. Our families and friends will continue to volunteer with the social programs of Foundation Arco Iris, which include the orphanages, day-care centers, and vocational units, as well as begin to encourage some of the spiritual needs facing the individuals within these programs.
Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we continue to live and serve in La Paz, Bolivia in 2012. Thank you for your partnership, support and encouragement throughout the year.