|(above) DU students taking notes last year in Honduras|
Instead of lying on a beach during Spring Break, a group of motivated University of Denver students will travel to Honduras in March to provide aid to the global community and gain experience towards their degrees. The group of DU students have been fund-raising and building awareness at Pioneer hockey games at Magness Arena with a table in concourse.
DU Global Medical Brigades (DUGMB) formed a local Chapter last year of Global Brigades. The worldwide student-led nonprofit organization provides medical, human rights, clean water, micro-finance and environmental assistance in underdeveloped countries. DUGMB is one of 70 chapters from North American & European universities.
During last year’s mission to Honduras, DUGMB was able to assist over 800 people in two of Honduras's poorest communities.
This year the student group is larger and has more abitious goals. From March 17-23, a group of 40 DU students and several healthcare professionals will travel back to Honduras to provide medical and dental aid to Hondurans living in the rural community of San Lorenzo. Many Hondurans have never had a physical or any medical assistance.
DU student volunteers have been working to raise awareness and funds for medical supplies to staff a clinic in San Lorenzo and provide medical assistance.