My name is Irene Ameena, and I'm a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin. This spring, I am hoping to volunteer with the 100% volunteer-based nonprofit organization Humanity First on their Gift of Health campaign in Guatemala. In March, for one week, I plan to volunteer with a free women's medical camp there, to help impoverished Guatemalan women better understand and treat their health care needs. I hope to help conduct interactive workshops to share information addressing the needs and interests of Guatemalan women, like cervical & breast cancer, family values, domestic violence, nutrition, etc. The camp also offers cervical and breast cancer screenings and medicines for any health need.
I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer with HF in Guatemala two summers ago. Communities of ladies with scarred, deep brown skin, bonded by their culture and customs. Women in hand-stitched cortes and huipiles threw their heads back and laughed as their friends joked loudly in Spanish, wicker baskets atop their heads and babies swaddled on their backs. They may have been receiving healthcare for the first time in their lives, but they found laughter in the smallest situations. My accented Spanish especially was a source of great humor to them! In Guatemala, I stood in front of women who had been silenced by domestic violence and spoke about the importance of finding their voices. As I watched their eyes light up, I felt so much peace inside. Most charities will tell you they're nonprofit, but after years of working with Humanity First I know that it is 100% run by volunteers who devote time, energy, and out-of-pocket expenses to bettering the lives of others. It's a grassroots organization and the people who work with it are all so incredibly compassionate and devoted to their causes. Gift of Health is just one campaign. As a young woman, I feel I have a duty and a responsibility to help my fellow underprivileged females. Health is so incredibly important, and I am so excited to help these women.
I am so excited to make as big of an impact as I can on the lives of women who are unable to get the healthcare they need and deserve. I'm hoping to raise $1500 by March to help me pay for the volunteer fees (stay, food, travel, etc.). I would be so thankful for a donation of any amount to help me fund this volunteer trip. It would be helping me travel and touch the lives of women, and help them take better care of themselves in every way possible.