"The clinic is often set up in a school," she continued. "We brought two tons of stuff with us this year. We brought protein powder from Natur Tyme in Skaneateles; Welch-Allyn is generous to us. Eyeglasses are distributed. One woman couldn't stop singing hymns at church because she could read the words."
Claire Howard's daughter, Gabrielle, went to El Salvador on the mission first. "From that experience she had a calling to become a nurse, to help children. She asked me to accompany her the next year - I have been there four times in two years," Howard said. "As a result of the mission, a little girl Flor, 9, was discovered with a severe case of rickets. She and her mother were brought to Syracuse, where Flor had surgery on her legs. After leaving the hospital Flor and her mother, Rosa, stayed with us for two-and-a-half months. "She walks now."
Howard's interest in the conditions in El Salvador prompted her to attend a three-day conference there presented by Doctors for Global Health. This is what she learned:
"The people have been oppressed for 500 years. We need sustainable development. Every person needs basic human rights. Living in submission does not lead to change. There must be people to people transmission of knowledge."