Michelle Chacko ’22 recently had the privilege of going on a short-term medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic with Handfuls of Hope.
This organization was founded by individuals who had been involved in a series of short-term missions in the DR and who then began connecting other groups and organizations to do the same so as to make a lasting impact in that country.
Michelle’s work involved translating and communicating, and taking people wherever they needed to go for medical reasons, whether to a pharmacy, to a lab, or to a medical appointment. She also assisted with basic medical procedures such as taking temperature and blood pressure, and visited villages to distribute food and interact with the villagers, including playing with the children. “The overall experience was extremely humbling and eye-opening,” said Michelle. “The Handfuls of Hope organization was able to help treat thousands of people during my time there. It was an amazing way to do God's will and help people.”
“We encourage our students to take part in cross-cultural experiences to help change their view of the world,” said President Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., ’71. “We want them to have opportunities to use their gifts and talents in service to God…and sometimes they discover gifts and talents that they didn’t know they had.”