FUHNICER - Fundación Hondureña para el Niño con Cáncer is a non-profit & apolitical charity with the main aim of providing free cancer treatment to more than 5,000 children of Honduras who are suffering from cancer, who are from low economic resource families, and who are obtaining health care in public hospitals and clinics throughout the country.
FUHNICER uses the slogan “Salva mi vida” (“Save my life”) to fundraise and reduce the percentage of mortality of children with cancer in Honduras, providing the adequate cancer treatment in a timely, free manner and professional health care. FUHNICER provides:
oncological medication and support
specialised laboratory exams
supplies and medical equipment
economical support to mobilise parents and children from their place of origin
social work and assistance
psychological support to parents and sick children
food for parents and patients
recreational and educational activities
educational campaigns on child cancer
The volunteer mainly works in Hospital Escuela Universitario de la UNAH (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras) in Tegucigalpa, which is one of the main public and teaching hospitals of Honduras where most of medicine students of the national public university carry out their medical internships and residencies. Within this hospital, FUHNICER has a special ward where the volunteer can carry out tasks such as:
sharing time and playing with the children who are patients,
organising several activities (games, handicrafts, reading, colouring, etc.)
talking with the parents of the children
If the volunteer has the abilities and enough Spanish knowledge, he/she can also carry out some of the following activities in the main admin office of FUHNICER:
creating awareness campaigns about cancer
supporting the organisation and execution of the different fund-raising activities
Volunteer requirements / Skills
The volunteer should:
be at least 18 years old.
be emotionally and psychologically stable as it might be very possible that the volunteer will have to deal with tough situations such as death or very ill children
be interested in working with children
have a lot of patience
be mature and responsible
possess skills to share and teach the children
be willing to work within a hospital.
No Spanish knowledge is required unless the volunteer wants to get involved in the admin office.
No particular studies are required, experience working with children and youth is appreciated.