We’re back! After nearly two years, we are back!
We are very happy to announce that we will have volunteers staffing our clinic again in 2022! We will resume our operations on a smaller scale than pre-pandemic, but “all systems are go” for us to have a group of our U.S. -based volunteers receiving patients during the week of January 10-14. We will continue to partner with local healthcare providers as well.
As we have throughout the pandemic, we will be taking every precaution possible to ensure the safety of our clinic workers and patients. We have developed and refined strict covid-related protocols that will be followed while the clinic is open.
After the January trip we plan to continue to staff our clinic quarterly, as we have for years. In the first half of the year, we hope to once again open our clinic to new patients. During the pandemic, per the guidelines of the Ministry of Public Health, we were only able to work with our returning patients. As you know, our longer term plans include opening our clinic with even more frequency, eventually moving to a full-time operation.
At some during the pandemic, many of you inquired about the possibility of volunteering with Somos Amigos. On our January trip we will have only veteran volunteers so that we can ease back into per-pandemic operations. After the January trip we plan to continue to staff our clinic quarterly, as we have for years. Beginning with our April trip, April 9-15, we will once again welcome new volunteers.
Thank you for your patience and support during these past two years. While we were not able to host volunteers during these times, your encouragement and generosity allowed us to keep our clinic open and to care for our patients. Thank you for continuing to believe in Somos Amigos. And thank you to our Dominican partners who nimbly staffed our clinic with the same compassion and professionalism that our volunteers have shown our patients for years.
It’s not too late to make a year-end gift in support of our efforts using our secure donation form.
Thanks again for your solidarity and generosity. Best wishes for a peaceful, healthy and prosperous New Year!