Using funds generated by our annual fundraiser, Parrots of the Caribbean, and a District 6860 DDF Grant, the Madison Rotary Club began planning our project of providing more Eco-Stoves and supplies to the people of Honduras. In 2012 we initiated a Future Vision Grant request, which was submitted in 2013 and was approved In February of 2013 we met with Sergio Salinas, from the Choluteca Rotary Club to plan which village would be the beneficiary for this year. We also met with the San Marcos Mayor, received his commitment to help support the program and he agreed to provide a list of 300 families most in need from his district. He, along with Carolina Tercero (a Honduran resident that has been a long-time contact for our Eco-Stove effort) determined the need to be in the outlying villages of the San Marcos area. We began planning for two trips to Honduras. The first trip on November 2013 was taken by 2 of our club members to travel to Choluteca to do detailed planning for ramping up he Eco Stover program based on the infusion of RI grant funds and to plan for the pilot dental project. While there, the two helped distribute stove materials, build stoves and dispense fluoride to over 300 school age children. Club members collected vitamins and clothing throughout the year. We again reached out to Delta Airlines who graciously waived luggage fees for the movement of supply to Honduras.
Because of the success of the November contingent, 7 Rotarians and 3 non-Rotarian dental assistant volunteers travelled to Honduras in February of this year. During the 7 days visit, our members arrived in Honduras February 9, 2014, met up with Carolina Tercero and the Rotary Club of Choluteca, for 7 days delivered stove building materials, oversaw stove construction, inspected past projects, and executed the Club’s second issue of fluoride treatment to the same 300 children who were treated 6 months earlier. A single dose of fluoride is not effective so the same children will be treated twice a year for 2 years. In addition, a dental clinic was quickly set up in El Limon near Choluteca where it ran for 5 days and was moved to San Francisco near San Marcos for the last day. Three to five dental chairs were in operation at various times and our two dentists, their volunteer assistants and hygienist, local dentists along with local students as interpreters administered to almost 350 patients. Treatments ranged from exams to cleanings to fillings to extractions. During the visit our members distributed dental supplies, vitamins, and clothing! Our team returned home February 16, 2014.