Tell us about your partnerships
Siempre Unidos is an established Honduran program affiliated with the Episcopal Church established in 1999. Medical & support services are open to all regardless of gender, religion, race, sexual orientation, or ability to pay. Our staff is very dedicated & includes 3 physicians, 3 nurses, a social worker, a psychologist, home visitors, several administrative & cleaning staff, & armed guards.
Siempre Unidos CA works in the US to provide financial support, medical supervision, & vision. Incorporated in 2004, it has 6 active board members as well as many US volunteers.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?
Currently one of our main focuses is to expand general medical care in Roatán where we have a large, yet underutilized clinic, located near an underserved, highly HIV+ community. Once we succeed in Roatán, we will extend this approach to our clinic in Siguatepeque (mid-sized city in central Honduras). We also plan to fund raise for a new larger clinic building in San Pedro Sula to allow space for general medical care.
We also hope to increase sales of fair trade jewelry in the US to make the employment portion of our program self sustaining & ideally contributory to clinical expenses.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Siempre Unidos is fortunate to have 2 very committed leaders, 1 in Honduras & 1 in California, who have been involved since the organizations inception, & who work closely & tirelessly to develop key activities. Additionally, there is a stable Honduran staff of over 20, most of whom have worked at Siempre Unidos for 4-5 years. Similarly, there is a small cadre of very active US volunteers who work relentlessly to support Siempre Unidos as well as a larger group of intermittently involved, long-term volunteers. Siempre Unidos is incorporated as a nonprofit public charity, has excellent branding with secure trademarks. It is a member of the Fair Trade Federation & receives quality pro bono marketing as well as medical & legal assistance.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
There is much to do, and we are constantly working to attract new volunteers / board members with expertise in social media, Web development, fund raising & grant writing. We also need help with the sale, marketing & design of fair trade products.
Siempre Unidos can provide help with medical advise, human rights & medical information in Spanish, & information regarding Central America.