Trip Set to Help Peruvians

Perhaps it’s no surprise that the daughter of NHADA Nurse Case Manager Marta Silakka is studying nursing at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK). Lexi Silakka, however, is taking her studies abroad in May and June to help the indigenous people of Huancayo Peru, and is seeking donations to help with the work she plans to accomplish there. She describes her plans here:

I am so excited to announce that I will participate in a medical aid trip to Huancayo, Peru this summer with UMFK Partners for International Relief. I will be traveling alongside other nursing students as well as community members from Fort Kent. While in Peru, we will provide medical care to residents of a remote village. As well as providing care, our goal is to bring badly needed supplies to them; including medical-, healthcare-, and personal hygiene-related items.

We will travel through the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children. This opportunity is going to provide me with experiences that even nursing school cannot, and I am eager to make a difference in the lives of the people of Huancayo!

You can drop off items with Marta at NHADA Headquarters, 507 South Street in Bow. If you’re averse to shopping, your donations may be made for the purchase of items.

Useful items include include cotton balls, alcohol wipes, tooth brushes, toothpaste (travel sizes preferred) and dental floss.

L to R: NHADA staff Marta Silakka, Lexi’s Mom; Lexi, Melissa LeBlanc; and Deb Dudley.