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Posted By: Kris Radder on May 23, 2011

Labels: Disaster and Health Crisis Missions , Volunteers

Five new medical volunteers joined the Project HOPE team, Bridget Binko, Dr. Alan Jamison, Maureen Kisicki and Kristopher Radder onboard the USS Cleveland as it sailed to Papua New Guinea, the third stop of Pacific Partnership 2011, a 4-month, five-country humanitarian and health education mission in partnership with the U.S Navy. Project HOPE volunteers have participated in nearly two dozen missions  with the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense in the past six years, caring for over 550,000 patients, performing nearly 9,000 surgeries and training over 190,000 health care workers and individuals.

Meet the Rotation Two Volunteers

Thanh Dinh, a first-time Project HOPE volunteer from Oakland, California joined the second rotation of Pacific Partnership 2011. She is using her nursing skills in Papua New Guinea. Dinh says she is looking forward to helping people in Papua New Guinea and learning more about international volunteer work. She hopes to one day use her medical skill as a volunteer in her native country of Vietnam. 

Hanna Taylor, a Registered Nurse from Chelsea, Michigan is on her first volunteer mission with Project HOPE, participating in Pacific Partnership 2011 in Papua New Guinea. “I love helping people, I like working with people,” says Taylor who works on the congenital heart floor at her home hospital, helping children with complex heart conditions. “It just feels right.” 

Charles Lester,a Pharmacist from Vero Beach, Florida is a first-time HOPE volunteer. Lester says using his pharmacy skills far away from home, in Papua New Guinea is something he enjoys. “I have always liked helping people,” he says. “I have been to Haiti twice, and  enjoyed that experience, but I am happy to broaden that knowledge to other places in the world.”  

Dr. Lee Shoop, a Physician from Red Bluff, California, is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. Making a difference in Papua New Guinea and possibly being able to teach a person a necessary medical skill, is his driving force. “I enjoy working with people, feeling like I am doing some good,” he says. “I feel fortunate to have acquired the medical skills a I have and I would like to share them with others.”  

Kathryn Walther, a nurse from Pleasant Grove, Utah is on her second mission with Project HOPE. Late last year, she volunteered in Haiti, treating patients during the cholera outbreak. Walther is serving as HOPE’s Operations Officer during the Pacific Partnership 2011 second rotation to Papua New Guinea. Walther says she is motivated by facilitating the joy and wonder of volunteer work in others.  “I get a lot of satisfaction in seeing how my colleagues respond to their volunteer work and how they see the world differently,” she says. “Their perspectives become more global, and they really undergo transformations.”

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