HALO Missions Helps Provide Medical Care for More Than 600 Children in Zambia
[Central Islip, New York] — HALO (Health and Learning for Orphans) Missions, based in Central Islip, New York, recently made a mission trip to Kitwe, Zambia in the province of Lufwanyama. While there, HALO collaborated with Teen Missions International to provide supplies and medical care for more than 600 children who are orphaned as a result of the AIDS epidemic in the region.
During the trip, the group treated the orphans and their caregivers for malaria, parasites, ringworm, infections, wounds, burns and other injuries. The team also donated funding for the purchase of more than 100 school uniforms and to complete an unfinished wing at the local elementary school. To promote continued good health, the children were also given toothbrushes, toothpaste, eyeglasses, sports equipment, treats and other gifts, supplied by various charitable organizations.
There are currently more than 13 million orphans living in Sub-Saharan Africa -- two million of which are from Zambia alone. Many of these children live without adult supervision, are in need of medical attention and cannot attend school because they cannot afford the necessary uniforms and supplies.
HALO Missions is run entirely by volunteers whose travel expenses are paid for by missionaries. This ensures that all monetary donations to the organization will directly support medical treatment and educational supplies for the children. HALO Missions is a registered non-profit charity formed by former Patchogue Village Justice Christopher P. McGuire and former Brookhaven Hospital Medical Director Dr. James T. Bopp.
“This mission was as much a gift for us as it was for them,” says Mr. McGuire. “There isn’t a price that can be put on the joy we felt helping them.”
HALO is currently coordinating with a local Lufwanyama hospital for its next mission, scheduled for October 2016. “Our aim for the next mission trip is to provide advanced care at a local hospital, in addition to the general care we provided on this one,” says Dr. Bopp.
Doctors, nurses and individuals wishing to volunteer or contribute should visit halomissions.org.
HALO Missions, formed by Christopher P. McGuire and Dr. James T. Bopp and located in Central Islip, is a not-for-profit whose mission is to provide hands-on medical care and educational assistance to orphans in developing countries. It is a volunteer-run organization and all of its travel expenses are paid for by missionaries, so all monetary donations to the organization can go to provide medical care and educational supplies for the children. For more information or to volunteer or contribute, visit www.halomissions.org.