May 2015- Mission Trip

We are proud to report that HOLA had another successful and rewarding trip to Nicaragua this May!  HOLA members finally saw their 9 months of hard work and preparation pay off.  With the help of Nicaraguan Physician, Dr. Somarriba, HOLA attended 423 patients in the communities of Las Lomas, El Mojon Sur, Puerto Sandino, Mira Mar and San Ramon.  Additionally with the help of Nicaraguan Veterinarians Dr. Daniel Morales and Dr. Jose Luis Aguirre, Director of Veterinary Operations, Heather Granger, reported that HOLA cared for 621 animals and provided the necessary supplies to perform 38 surgeries - setting our highest record yet!  HOLA also visited the schools of MaryKnoll and Alberto to provide public health seminars to over 1,000 community members including students, teachers and parents.  Thanks to Cascade Designs, HOLA was able to distribute 177 water bottles to Nicaraguan residents who participated in our Public Health discussions and seminars.  Additionally, HOLA would like to thank the outstanding Nicaraguan translators who year-after-year help make our work possible. Lastly, a huge shout out to all of our wonderful members and dedicated directors Philip Vega, Nana Derugina, Ana Kelty, Heather Granger, Hayley Petrick, Sloane O'Neil, Kailey O'Connell, and Hannah Tighe who helped make this years trip a success!