A fundraiser – featuring works of art created by more than a dozen artists from the region – is underway to raise funds to purchase drugs and medical supplies that the students of SUNY Fredonia will take with them to Honduras, where they serve in the medical brigades that provide the necessary health care. .
Fifteen students were planning to go to Honduras in January 2022, but all study abroad classes for January were canceled due to the pandemic. Funds raised from this year’s art sale will be used to purchase supplies and medication for the January 2023 program.
Four Fredonia alumni, Professor Ted Lee from the Department of Biology and a group from Tacoma, Wash., Plan to create five brigades in early January 2022 in Honduras. In August 2021, a group focused on patients with chronic illnesses, but in January the clinics will be open to all patients. The villages are larger than those that Fredonia professors / emeritus, students and alumni visited on their first trips and there is a need for prenatal vitamins in a short period of time. Professor Lee asks those interested to purchase some to donate, adding that it would be greatly appreciated! They must have an expiration date of June 2022 or later and must contain biotin and iron. A pediatrician from the Tacoma group said the brigades’ biggest impact was on women of childbearing age. Professor Lee noted that he must send information in advance on all drugs and vitamins the group is bringing to Honduras, so all donations must be received within the next two weeks.
Please email Dr Lee with questions.
The works of art for sale, consisting primarily of ceramics, as well as wood objects and prints, are made by 15 artists, including Professor David Rudge of the School of Music, Dr. Lee, Distinguished Professor SUNY Alberto Rey, SUNY Distinguished Teacher Emeritus Marv Bjurlin, University Police Chief Emeritus Ann Burns, Alumni Lisa Eppolito, Rhonda Lee, Jacob Swanson and Carol Samuelson, Alumnus Ron Nasca, of Mudslingers Studio, as well as Michelle Ballachino, Paula Coats, Elliott Hutton, Amy Snyder and Sarah Zielonka.
An exhibition of works of art for sale has been set up outside room 126 of the Science Center.
To purchase an item, make a donation, or obtain additional information about the sale, go online.
Fredonia students enrolled in the Study Abroad: Honduras Health Care INED 315 course traveled to Honduras, one of South America’s poorest countries, in January for two of the past three years to help implement place health clinics staffed with doctors. and providing drugs free of charge to residents of rural areas.