Above and beyond the foundational needs of WASHINGTON OVERSEAS MISSION (WOM) are items that would enable us to better serve the people of Honduras and help highlight the work we do. The specials projects and acquisition of these new or gently-used items helps keep expenses down, enabling WOM to make the best use of every donor dollar in serving the people of Honduras. Please do not donate dirty, fragile, unusable or battery-operated items. 

WOM Special Projects List

  • Sewing Machines for Women Project
  • Vocational High School Project in Pimienta, Cortes
  • PET Project – http://giftofmobility.org/
  • Clean Water – Primero Agua – http://primeroagua.org/pa/
  • Dental Projects
  • WOM Construction Projects
  • Women’s Health Project – Pap Smears
  • Prescriptions
  • Eye Glasses

Medical & Health (items must not expire for one year)

  • personal hygiene items
  • baby supplies (non-perishable)
  • health & beauty items
  • soap
  • first aid supplies
  • vitamins & over-the-counter medicines
  • medical supplies appropriate for hospitals or clinics
  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • crutches
  • medicines with 1 year expiration dates

Clothing & Linens (new or gently worn)

  • sunglasses
  • light summer clothing
  • shoes & work boots (tied/banded together, boxed & labeled)
  • sheets & bed linens
  • baseball hats

Other items

  • children’s toys for all ages – NO battery-operated items
  • bikes (in good working order)
  • school supplies
  • shovels & pickaxes & tools of any kind

Wish List for Occupational Therapy Clinic:

  • Tables/Chairs
  • Gloves
  • Cardboard
  • Mat Table 1-2
  • Balls
  • Weights – hand weights/cuff weights
  • Goniometers
  • E-stim Machine
  • Mini fridge – cold packs
  • Hot pack machine – hot packs & hot pack covers
  • Splints – splint materials
  • Splint pan/electric skillet
  • Any Pediatrics equipment – standers
  • Wheelchairs
  • Walkers
  • Canes
  • Swiss ball
  • Pillowcases
  • Towels
  • Treadmill
  • Stationary bike
  • Pulleys
  • “Thera-putty”
  • Hand grippers
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Scale
  • Glucometers & strips
  • Home exercise programs in Spanish
  • Pediatric “toys”

During our 25 years of brigades, our locations have most often included a location in the department of Cortes and one in the department of Yoro. We have also worked in the Departments of Lempira, Santa Barbara, Intibuca, and Comayagua. Washington Overseas is grateful for the immense generosity of friends and family who have heard of our group and have embraced the vision of the sharing of our wealth with those born in a country where there are far fewer material blessings.  The gifts of money to purchase medicine and medical-dental supplies, the support of brigades through donations of handcrafted quilts and clothing, as well as donation of new and used shoes and clothing, soap and other items to distribute to patients aid us in meeting some of the very obvious needs of our patients. Volunteers who travel to Honduras and those who help from home have been crucial in our efforts to continue and to expand our work in Honduras for 25 years.

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Our annual trips typically occur in early March. We most often have two medical-dental teams that offer immediate medical relief for episodic illnesses as well as check ups and provision of medicine for diabetes, blood pressure and depression.  We have added services including distribution of reading glasses and sunglasses, pap tests with complete follow-up treatment when necessary, diabetes testing and treatment, pregnancy tests and prenatal vitamins for the term of the pregnancy, and increased education. We strive to provide, when necessary, further evaluation and appropriate care to patients seen during our brigade. Our dental teams now offer restorative dental care in addition to pain relief through extraction of decayed teeth.  Surgical teams sponsored by our group have had a tremendous impact through performing operations that would not have been otherwise available to many people.