Missoula nonprofit resumes aid to Honduras

Bret Anne Serbin

Missoula Medical Aid is celebrating its return to operations in Latin America with its 24th Annual Legendary Salsa Ball at the Zootown Arts and Community Center Saturday.

The long-running nonprofit was forced to suspend operations for the past three years due to the global pandemic, but David Cates and his crew returned to Honduras in October to assist with medical aid there once again.

“It was great to see how successful it was,” the organization’s Honduran Operations Director, Doris Martinez, said of the most recent aid mission. Volunteers with Missoula Medical Aid vaccinated numerous rural Honduran villagers against COVID-19, reaching a population that previously hadn’t received the immunization.

While international visits were suspended over the past three years, Missoula Medical Aid continued fundraising for programs like small business loans and nutrition initiatives.

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“Our donor base was hugely supportive of that,” said Cates.

He touted the nonprofit’s effective use of fundraising. A $50 donation, he said, feeds a Honduran family of four for a month.

“That’s just really good efficiency,” he said.

Missoula Medical Aid has developed into such a lean organization by utilizing partnerships with local entities

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