Interplast

Honduras update

EARTHSPEAK'S program in Honduras continues its 8th year. Shown in the photo above is Clinical Trainer Pascuala Martinez graduating a brother and sister training team. The only family member that could deliver the Corrective Babbling program to this deserving young girl was her brother. He learned to be her mentor, and successfully helped her correct her speech. Brother and sister demonstrated their work at her graduation ceremony. There was not a dry eye in the audience. To see the courage and victory of these two youngsters inspires us all to do more than we think we can.

Silvia (San Pedro Sula, Honduras)

She came in for evaluation, head down, lacking confidence but filled with hope that maybe these people who came from America might be able to help her speak. Silvia was born with a cleft lip and palate. She was unable to have either birth defect corrected until she was in late childhood. It was not until she was 11 years of age that she found a visiting Interplast surgical team from the U.S. and could get these defects corrected. By that time the pattern of social rejection and debilitating speech was well established.

Raquel Dueñas, our "Madre Teresa"

This is a tribute to the memory of one of our most dedicated and inspirational EARTHSPEAK local volunteers in the country of Ecuador.

Pedro and Raquel Dueñas were Rotarians for over 35 years. Raquel received the Paul Harris award for her work on behalf of the children of Ecuador. Pedro was nominated for the same award.

Raquel had had a special role in the Rotary. She worked to help organize the surgical missions of Rostros Felices, Interplast, and the speech work of EARTHSPEAK.

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