“Vida Mejor”: First Lady Hernandez Seeks “Better Life” for Hondurans
As part of HOI’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, and the visit of the President and First Lady of Honduras to Decatur, a series of visits were set for the presidential party. The President’s visits focused on potential business partners and investment. The First Lady’s agenda was focused on health, faith and education.
After having an early breakfast with the President and over 100 Atlanta businessmen at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the First Lady, Mrs. Ana García de Hernandez, joined an HOI delegation at the MedShare offices (medshare.org). Following a very warm welcome on behalf of MedShare CEO, Mr. Charles Redding, the group was taken on a tour of the volunteer floor and the MedShare warehouse, where medical supplies and equipment are packed and stored before they are shipped out on 40” containers to over 96 countries. Over the last fourteen years with several different partners, MedShare has already sent 25 containers to Honduras.
The Decatur headquarters for The Task Force for Global Health (taskforce.org
) was next. A round table meeting was set for lunch for the First Lady, the Honduran delegation and HOI group, headed by President and CEO Mark Rosenberg, MD. Opening introductions revealed that the First Lady was being hosted by world renowned epidemiologists, directors for important vaccine programs, a tropical disease expert and supporters of HOI who have their hearts set on making a difference in the lives of many Hondurans in need.
Emory University (emory.edu
) was the final stop of the day. The visit was guided by Rev. Elwood Spackman. Dr. Robert J. Bachman, CEO of Emory University Hospital, led the visit through Emory Hospital, Chapel and Intensive Care Unit, after which, Mrs. Hernandez was received at the Candler School of Theology and Center for Ethics. The First Lady was shown through a very impressive Martin Luther Reformation Library and Church Reformation Exhibition at the Pitts Theology Library before heading to Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. Kathryn Heath from the Dean’s Office was kind enough to host a discussion with Faculty members and Students doing wonderful work in the Latin American region and who will now be helping us in Honduras.
Fruitful and very strategic future partnerships are underway for HOI and the First Lady’s Office, all geared towards creating a pathway of opportunity and hope for the wonderful people of Honduras.
Camila is HOI’s newest team member. She lives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and serves as Director of Development and Government Relations.