Mercer On Mission

2016 Blog

This blog is made and updated by Mercer undergrads. Throughout our time in Honduras, students from the various disciplines will write about their experiences serving. 

The Life-Changing Experience That I Would Never Forget

This is the last week of the trip and I can truly say this experience has definitely been an eye opener for me in terms of global awareness, the lack of resources and the many mental health/ physical health atrocities that occur here in Honduras.

 As a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) student I was working with children for the first week. From Monday to Thursday, my fellow colleges and i would go to a small school  in Honduras where we would do icebreakers with the children, and had group sessions with 5th through 9th graders where we talked about self esteem, domestic violence, drugs, leadership and bullying. Even though at first the chidden did not open up, as we continued coming the children became more talkative about their home lives. It was heartbreaking hearing 10 year olds talk about abuse in their family, sexual trauma, and being left alone for days on end. Although Ive interned at DEFACS and i am aware  of intstances similar to these, these stories were especially heartbreaking because the children did not have the same resources available in America. Even though I was able to give the children self- coping skills and directed them to the counselor of the school I felt as if it was not enough because I could not remove them from the horrific situations they were in due to the culture here.

For the second week i have been working with the other disciplines ( pharmacy students, nursing students, medical students, and undergraduates) in a small clinic in LuFussa where I have been doing vital signs on clients, intake, and counseling. As a second year MFT student I am fairly comfortable with the counseling aspect of the clinic but the medical side was a completely new experience. I was excited to learn how to correctly check individual's vitals, learn how to manually check a blood pressure and learn about different diseases that families in Honduras face. An interesting clinical story i have heard so far was a man who came and  stated that he had a animal/ bug in his ear. it turned out he had a little roach in his ear that had been there for a month.  Back home you wouldn't here instances that intense. If someone thought they had something in their ear they would go to the hospital as soon as possible.

This experience truly as taught me a lot about global issues and what it really looks like to be improvised. Prior to this experience my idea of improvised was living in the projects or even being homeless but in my opinion  a lot  of the homeless in america have it better then the families here. At least in America there are shelters, clean water ( except for maybe Flint Michigan)assess to health care and low-cost and/ or free mental health facilities.

Sharita, MFT

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