Our summer mission trip is a unique opportunity to work with the Partners for Andean Community Health (PACH), an international organization founded here in West Hartford, whose primary mission is to find enduring solutions for healthy families and sustainable communities in the Chimborazo province of Ecuador.
Volunteers from St. James's will deliver supplies to the clinic, and will assist the clinic in supporting the physical and social well-being of Ecuadorian families through delivering primary and specialized medical care. St. James's youth will also offer opprounties for sports, crafts, and games for children whose parents are receiving medical care.
--63% of the indigenous population in Chimborazo Province live in extreme poverty.
--28% of Ecuadorian children suffer from malnutrition.
--Direct access to health care is limited.
--Eye and dental care are even more scarce.
--Respiratory illness is common due to the active volcano, Tungurahua.
--Forced child labor and human trafficking affect the community.
We are excited for our youth to have the opportunity to meet and work alongside the communities surrounding the Chimborazo medical clinic. We hope you will support us as we prepare for this trip, in which our high school youth will have the chance to serve God and others in an entirely new way!
Read more about the work of the Partners for Andean Community Health here: http://partnersforandeancommunityhealth.org/