El Salvador – Day 8: Somalia No More

We conducted our final clinic in what we had always known as Somalia.  It’s a massive tract of land in the middle of San Salvador and home to the largest, most deplorable slum in the country.  The conditions are unspeakable – cardboard, plastic or tin homes, dirt floors, open cooking

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El Salvador – Day 7: In the Shadow of the Volcano

Now today was something altogether different.  We drove for 55 kms, not to a rural village, but to quite a large town.  The municipality of Izalco, home to 70,000 people, is named after a nearby volcano.  Over 70% of the people here live in extreme poverty.  We parked and

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El Salvador – More Photos of the Journey Thus Far

Today was our day off – time to recharge in preparation for the final two demanding clinics.  So tonight, as in previous years, I’m posting a collection of photos covering the past several days.  They show more of the amazing folks on our team and of course the beautiful people

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El Salvador – Day 5: Return to Remar

Today was the day the veterans were looking forward to the most.  Over the years, Speroway has forged a special bond with the Remar Orphanage, and more specifically, the children who live there.  In some cases, they were abandoned and in others, their parents were drug addicts, in jail or

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El Salvador – Day 4: Up the Mountain to Tepecoyo

What a day we had in Tepecoyo. Our convoy of three buses headed out along the same road we travelled yesterday until we took an abrupt left and headed straight into the mountains. Lush vegetation bordered the narrow road as it meandered up the mountain. We felt as if we

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El Salvador – Day 3: Joya del Ceren

Finally, this morning – after months of planning and preparation, we travelled an hour outside San Salvador to Joya del Ceren, site of our first El Salvador clinic.  Our ground crew had clearly done their job spreading the word – we were greeted by 450 people lined up, ready to

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El Salvador/12 – Day 2: Team Prep – Pulling It All Together

The clinic days are exhausting to be sure – but Team Prep Day takes it to a new level.  Without the hard work of the entire group today – there would be no clinics in the week ahead.  The teams from all four departments, Medical, Dental, Pharmacy and Distribution, must

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El Salvador – And It Begins Again…

Just 9 months after a tremendously successful Medical/Dental Clinic trip to Guatemala, the Speroway team is back in Central America bringing primary care to thousands of needy families.  This time, we’ve returned to El Salvador with a team of 30 – doctors, nurses, paramedics, dentists and several other hand-picked volunteers.

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Heading Back To El Salvador

Meet Glen and Carmen.  This picture was taken in February of 2010 in the orphanage at Remar, El Salvador.  Glen, a veteran paramedic, was part of a Speroway Medical/Dental team visiting Remar before a challenging week of clinics in the impoverished communities around San Salvador.  Carmen, aged 3 at the

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Partner Profile – Helping Hands Street Mission

By Ken Dick, Speroway President
At the core of what Speroway does, is our activity to support community agencies that are making a difference in the lives of people every single day. Especially during times of economic uncertainty and unemployment, we must be focused on resourcing people in need. My

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Halloween for Hunger

Guest post from Starr LoFranco, Speroway staff member and youth leader at Highview Community Church.
 
On Wednesday night, the youth group at Highview Community Church dressed up and braved the dreary weather to collect non-perishable food items for Speroway! This is the 3rd year in a row that our

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