Woman’s Club member Linda Wheeler
describes her volunteer work in Guatemala
At the McLean Woman’s Club meeting on
April 5th, member Linda Wheeler described her
continuing work as an onsite volunteer in eastern
Guatemala, providing medical aid to infants and
children in remote mountain areas. Linda works with
a program called Operation Baby Rescue, which brings
babies and young children from these impoverished
areas to a “rescue center” in a low-lying village
for medical care. The youngsters are usually
seriously ill or malnourished, largely because of
the lack of clean water in the region. The most
serious cases brought down may be rushed to a nearby
medical facility for extensive care.
On numerous occasions, Linda
and her husband have travelled by plane, train, boat
and on foot to the remote mountainous areas. Such
trips can last up to six hours each way over rough
and rocky terrain. Linda’s next trip to Guatemala
will take place in November. She had planned the
trip for this month, but because mosquitoes carrying
the Zika virus will be present until fall in the
areas of concern, she is postponing it for drier
The total cost of such a trip
is about $1,800. At the Woman’s Club meeting, a
collection toward this cost was taken, and club
members had brought contributions of clothing, toys,
towels and over-the-counter medical supplies.
Operation Baby Rescue partners
with a program known as Hope of Life
International-Guatemala, which was begun some 30
years ago in the eastern part of the country and
serves hundreds of thousands of people each year.
Hope of Life-International is a
registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Susan G. Komen Central Virginia is looking for
volunteers for a variety of
opportunities in the coming weeks. They need
help in order to make these events successful and
bring awareness to breast health.