Five Project HOPE volunteers are participating in the U.S. Air Force Pacific Angel 2011 mission in Indonesia. The volunteers will be sleeping in hospital tents in country, while providing primary care, community outreach and midwife capacity building for two weeks in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Sumatra. This is the third time Project HOPE volunteers have participated in the annual Pacific Angel Mission.
Denise Barnes has been a Certified Nurse-Midwife for eight years and joins the Project HOPE from her current home in Jakarta, Indonesia. She’s excited to be back on Sumatra after prior work in Banda Aceh on the northern tip of the island.
Jon Brack, a photojournalist from Washington, D.C., is a first-time volunteer for Project HOPE. He will be serving as Project HOPE’s Public Affairs Officer in Indonesia.
Kent Nabarrete, a Human Resource Management, MBA, from San Antonio, Texas is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. He is using his 30 years of military experience in health care operations and deployment of health care support as HOPE’s Operations Officers in Indonesia.
Susan Opas, Ph.D., a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Woodland Hills, California is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. She is using her Pediatric Nursing skills in Indonesia.
Noreen Prokuski, a Certified Nurse-Midwife from Burr Ridge, Illinois is a returning volunteer. Last year, she volunteered during the Pacific Angel 2010 mission in Vietnam. "After 18 years of catching babies, I still feel it's one of the most necessary and satisfying jobs in the world," Prokuski says. "Volunteering with Project HOPE allows me to share my knowledge and skills with traditional lay-Midwives in developing countries, and help those Midwives support healthy pregnancies and childbirth." Prokuski is providing care and Midwife mentoring in Indonesia.
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