Since 2016, Healthy Villages, Inc. has been fostering cross-cultural exchange and cultural pride and supporting local economies in our work areas.
"Being a part of the medical mission team to Ghana to me was nursing at its finest and purest level. Using the nursing skills I've acquired with limited supplies to provide some hope and comfort to people who have almost nothing was an experience every nurse should have. And one I'll never forget. Creating a team with people I've never met, each one bringing a unique set of expertise and working with members of the same profession in another country and culture provided all of us a tremendous learning experience. Truly humanity at its finest!" Lisa B., RN - Virginia, USA
Healthy Villages, Inc. healthcare missions bring much-needed income to small businesses in economically depressed areas. We buy medications from a family-owned pharmacy, lodge our volunteers in locally-owned guesthouses, and frequent nearby markets for supplies and souvenirs.
"It was great exposure and a wonderful experience to me, as I had the opportunity to learn more things from the American team who made it to Ghana in April 2017. I was very much amazed about the help and the services been rendered to our people in the remote villages here in Ghana who can't afford medical care, meanwhile they were highly in need of medical care though. I will like to seized this opportunity to express my profound gratitude to you and your team both Ghana and abroad, the coordinators, donors and everyone that contributed positively for the success of your medical mission in our poor villages here in Ghana. Meanwhile we are still hoping for more medical outreach to come. Without much I do, I say ayeekoo which means 'more grease to your elbow', God richly blessed you and your team for the good work that you are doing to our people who cannot afford medical care. THANKS." Thomas G. - Ghana Ambulance Service EMT and Healthy Villages, Inc. mission staff medical assistant and interpreter
Our missions create lasting friendships between our Ghanaian medical team and our volunteers, as well as increasing professional knowledge and expertise on both sides. Participating in one of Healthy Villages missions gives everyone the gift of greater cultural awareness and understanding, so important in today's world.
There was definitely something powerful pushing me to get to Ghana, just like there is something powerful driving me to get back there and do it again. It was an awesome clinical experience for sure, but so much more than that. It was full of life-changing and eye-opening lessons. It is so true in life that we all teach each other, that you learn everyday until the end, and everyone has something to offer. These thoughts and lessons were ever present for me in this trip. To be among people that were more focused on life and living yet didn't know how old they were. That worked hard everyday to only do what we would consider "surviving" with some of the most profound hardships, but had more smiles, more happiness, and more joy in them than all of us put together. Jennifer D., RN - Virginia, USA
In October 2018, we teamed up with a Canadian American professional writer and storyteller to go into remote villages in Ghana's Volta Region to record ancestral stories in danger of being lost. Preserving these stories for today's youth and future generations in Ghana, and sharing this wisdom tradition with the wider world is our goal.
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