Twenty Seton Hall University students traveled to Honduras and supplied medical
care to more than 750 people in a war stricken region with Global
Brigades (GB), the world's largest student-led global health and sustainable
Speaking about her life-changing experience, Richa Bhimani, an
occupational therapy major, said, "We spread hope and love everywhere we
went and brought one community closer to self-sustainable living. Our
experience put the Catholic mission of service in action, not just
nationally, but internationally."
The Seton Hall community and dedicated GB members collaboratively
raised a total of $15,000 to purchase medication for 752 people, medical
supplies, print medication labels and more.
"The practical experience students gained from the triage where
vitals were taken to shadowing physicians in consultation was an
invaluable experience gained," said Kishi Patel, an alumnus who majored
in psychology honors.
Students helped more than 750 individuals through mobile clinics,
visiting the orphanage and playing soccer with the children. They
shadowed doctors, filling prescriptions and assisting dental patients
with sutures, and also helped the architecture brigade, layering blocks
and mixing cement to build a healthcare facility.
"I was incredibly proud of our Seton Hall University student
volunteers. They provided medical assistance to almost 800 people over a
three day period. The staff of the Global Medical Brigade in Honduras
commented that our SHU students were dedicated, mature and focused. I
could not agree more," said Dr. Laura Pallitto, director of the
university's Center for Community Research and Engagement and GB faculty
Reflecting on her experience in Honduras, Renu Benny said she learned
about the joy of giving. One night, Renu found an elderly lady sitting
outside waiting for her medication in the middle of a rainstorm.
"I had a rain jacket that I would not use in the States. When I saw
this patient waiting outside the pharmacy [drenched], I gave her my
jacket to protect her from the rain," Renu explained.
Renu, who turned 21 years old during the trip, said serving was the
best way to celebrate her birthday. "I can't wait to go again," said the
From providing hope and medical care in Honduras to sharing personal
items with locals, Seton Hall students brought the village a step closer
to a self-sustaining community and are excited about their upcoming
brigade to Panama this May.
"Going into our second year, we hope to raise more money than last
year and bring more brigaders majoring in different disciplines down to
Panama," said Richa. "This will enable us to treat more patients."
Students held bake sales, organized canned drives, and partnered with
a nonprofit organization called The Pulsera Project to sell bracelets
made by people in Nicaragua. Students reached their goals and hope to
inspire other students to participate in their fundraising initiatives
and join the brigade.
"In our core classes, we discussed the meaning and purpose of life.
After this experience in Honduras, I've learned that my life purpose is
to continue to help others in need," said Chandani Patel, a biology
major pursuing a career in medicine.
"I went to Honduras to serve, but the Honduran people, rather, served me by transforming my perspective on life," she added.
This year, students who want to join in these efforts can contact chapter co-President, Richa Bhimani, at email@example.com for more information.
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