Beth Hodges, Senior Marketing Specialist

Recent Posts by Beth Hodges, Senior Marketing Specialist:

Bringing Children Health in Guatemala

Brenda, a single mother of two, is employed as a domestic worker, washing and ironing clothes. She makes just $19 per week, barely enough to feed her and her two children, a daughter age 2, and a son age 10. Her job offers no benefits. She has no vacation, no insurance, and no job security. If she misses work due to illness, she loses her job. Neither child is able to attend school because she cannot pay the school fees.

Topics: medical missions antibiotics guatemala

Supporters Big and Small Following Hurricane Dorian

When fourth-grade teacher, Nafi Espana, from St. Simons Elementary located in St. Simons, Georgia wanted to conduct a school fundraiser with MAP to help survivors of Hurricane Dorian, we enthusiastically said yes. Moved by the images of destruction and devastation across Grand Bahama and Abaco islands, the students wanted to help those who lost everything. Dorian narrowly missed the Georgia coast and St. Simons Island; residents knew they had dodged a bullet.

Soon the student’s allowance money and dollars received for “extra chores” began pouring in. Ms. Espana was moved to help her students find an organization that was providing direct relief to people whose lives were devastated by Dorian. MAP’s immediate assistance to the people of the Bahamas was the ideal fit.

What started as a coin drive became a fundraiser where nearly $2,000 was raised to help provide Disaster Health Kits (DHK) to affected residents. Because of their generosity, 200 additional Disaster Health Kits were shipped to the Bahamas. Each kit contains basic hygiene items to help prevent the spread of illness and disease for one person for one week.  

But the elementary students gave more than their money; they showed a level of compassion and caring equal to adults. They proved even the youngest are moved by people who lost everything. God is truly visible everywhere and through everyone.

In addition to the 200 DHKs these children helped send to the Bahamas, MAP has provided:

  • Nearly 14,000 DHKs to the survivors of Grand Bahama and Abaco islands
  • Three Interagency Emergency Health Kits for Project Hope in the Bahamas. These three kits combined will provide enough medicines/supplies to meet the basic medical needs of 30,000 people for 90 days
  • 400 Sawyers filters and 84 Uzima backpack filters were sent with partners Sol Relief and World Hope International due to the growing need for water filtration in the Bahamas. 

Thank you for your support of our efforts to help the people of the Bahamas. Together, we can continue to provide more medicines, relief aid, and Disaster Health Kits to those who still desperately need help.

Support Hurricane Victims

Topics: disaster relief hurricane dorian bahamas

Relieving Pain and Providing Hope in Belize

Fevers are a miserable part of any illness. Thankfully, for most of us, a simple aspirin or acetaminophen is never more than an arms-length away to relieve our symptoms. But imagine if it wasn’t. Imagine if you couldn’t get a fever reducer.

Topics: Medicine for the World medical missionaries fever reducers

A Flower Blooms in Cambodia

For 62 years Chantou hid her face.

Topics: Medicine for the World medical missionaries cambodia

MAP provides Disaster Health Kits for the US Navy’s Hospital Ship Comfort

MAP International is honored to announce the support of the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort on a medical assistance mission departing Miami on June 18 (pictured below). The U.S. Navy hospital ship will begin a deployment to South America, Central America, and the Caribbean to begin a five-month mission as a result of the humanitarian crisis created by the ongoing political and economic instability in Venezuela.

The USNS Comfort will be carrying the work of more than 200 MAP International volunteers who packed 2,500 MAP Disaster Health Kits to aid refugees who have fled Venezuela.

MAP International’s signature Disaster Health Kits (DHK) provides antiseptic wipes, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other essential items to prevent the spread of illness for people caught up in disasters.

“This deployment responds directly to the man-made crisis Maduro’s regime has created,” said U.S. Navy Adm. Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, which will oversee the deployment. “Comfort medical teams will be working alongside host nation medical professionals who are absorbing thousands of Venezuelan migrants and refugees. The Venezuelan people are desperately fleeing their homeland for hope of a better way of life. We are committed to finding ways to support the Venezuelan people and our regional partners who share the goal of seeing a legitimate, democratic government reinstated in Venezuela.”

MAP International President and CEO, Steve Stirling said, “We are honored to support the efforts and individuals of the USNS Comfort. MAP Disaster Health Kits will be provided to refugees who have fled the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela which has forced millions to flee their beleaguered country.”

Topics: disaster health kits Venezuela

Eyes Wide Open in Burundi

It’s every parent’s nightmare. Your child is sick and you’re powerless to help them.

This was the case for the parents of seven-year-old, Keza from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Keza unfortunately developed premature cataracts which unknowingly robbed her of her eyesight. What started as infrequent headaches and sensitivity to light progressed to cloudy vision and near complete blindness. She was unable to attend school because of her inability to see the chalkboard or read books clearly. Not knowing what would happen to their precious child, Keza's parents were experiencing their worst fears – who would help them?

Topics: Medicines medical missionary matching gift burundi

Rebirth and Renewal: Happy Easter from MAP

During this Holy week, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ who died for our sins. It is a story of unimaginable pain and suffering resulting in rebirth and renewal. 

Rebirth and renewal were on our minds when we read the story of Marisol, a shy little girl from rural Honduras. Born with a severe club foot, Marisol was orphaned by her parents and left in the care of her grandmothers. At six-years-old, Marisol has never attended school – she rarely leaves her home. 

Topics: Honduras Medicine for the World medical missionaries

World Water Day 2019: MAP's Work Worldwide

Today is World Water Day – an international day to bring awareness of the need for clean water for all. Billions of people worldwide still live without safe water. Clean water – so abundantly available in the US – is not freely accessible in all parts of the globe. The theme of World Water Day is “Leaving No One Behind” designed to make progress against the Sustainable Development Goal 6: water for all by 2030.

Topics: water water filters world water day

UPDATE: Devastating Winter Adds to Suffering of Syrian Refugees

Two months ago, MAP reported on the dire circumstances faced by Syrians residing in refugee camps along the Syrian border (see story below). 

This winter has been the worst anyone can remember. For many of the Syrian refugees living in Lebanon and elsewhere far from their home, it has been deadly. Snow collapsed their tents. Winds blew away their makeshift shelters. And then came the cold rain and sleet that flooded and washed away the meager goods they had left.

The weather has taken its toll on the young, old and everyone in between. Some have died from exposure and illness. Thousands continue to suffer the effects of untreated, serious illnesses.

They are in desperate need of medicine and medical supplies and our partners on the ground have come to MAP.

“We’re seeing respiratory infections and pneumonia,” said one doctor. “People are huddled together without adequate heat or nutrition for months. Those conditions take their toll. The babies are suffering some of the worst infections I’ve ever seen," said a pediatrician.

Read our blog from January 10 below - it has been a difficult winter for people who have suffered from this eight-year civil war. 

We need your help immediately to continue support for women and families who have already suffered the unimaginable.


Topics: Syria Syrian Refugee Crisis life-changing medicines

A Mother's Gift from God

The young mother drew the blanket close to shade her baby. The sun burned down on Susanna and the hundreds of others waiting patiently in line, hoping to see a doctor. Born just weeks before in rural Honduras, her baby boy was a gift from God. As her stomach throbbed in pain as she held her child, she prayed the line would move faster.

Topics: Honduras medical missions prenatal vitamins

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