Roche Employees, Kelsey Neal and Khone Saysana traveled to Belize to volunteer in a health and technology project through Project Kids Network .
In Belize, they worked to raise awareness about Diabetes, a top health risk in the country. On their trip, they visited the Caye Caulker Roman Catholic Primary School speaking to the children and facilitating learning games in the subject of Diabetes. The goal was to promote a healthy lifestyle through planning, diet and exercise and preventing or minimizing the risk of Type II Diabetes.
The group also volunteered at the Caye Caulker Ocean Academy High School science classrooms and labs, delivering equipment for the computer and technology lab and producing student scholarship videos.
They wrapped up their trip by volunteering at the Island’s festival, partnering with the Belize Diabetes Association and San Pedro Medical Clinic to provide free health screenings including blood pressure measurements, vision screenings and diabetes testing/education to hundreds of attendees. They even had the opportunity to be interviewed live at the event on the Belize national radio about the project.
“It truly was a really great experience in terms of health/technology promotion and leadership development for the students served.” Khone said.
Although the trip involved a lot of hard work, there was still time for play. In their leisure time, they were able to snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef and visit the Mayan Ruins on the mainland by riverboat.
Khone and Kelsey plan on returning next year to the community to continue programs including S.T.E.M camps for the children at both the primary school and Ocean Academy High School