Volunteers of Hope

Latin America and the Caribbean, Why Women Count

cuba1Rafaela Audiva is a paediatrician who’s worked with orphaned and starving children in post-conflict Ethiopia and Namibia; dermatologist Omara Lemus went to help rebuild lives in Pakistan after the devastating 2005 earthquake; GP Ileana Cuba lived and worked with the Maya-Quecha villagers in rural Guatemala. They’re just three of the 30,000 doctors and health professionals from Cuba – over half of them women – who volunteer their time to improve healthcare in 68 countries. They acknowledge the sacrifices, but claim it’s worth it. “You do feel homesick for your children,” says Rafaela, “but when you see how much you are needed, you feel very proud.”

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Volunteers of Hope
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