Hi everyone, First of all, thank you very much for taking the time to view this page!! =) We are 4th year medical students from University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. As part of ourmedical degree program, we will be going to Peru this summer to volunteer in a hospital called Mama Ashu Hospital. Dr. Jackelina Pando Kelly (Clinical Lecturer at Department of Paediatrics UCC) is the supervisor of our team and she will be bringing us to Mama Ashu Hospital in July 2013. As a medical student, Dr Pando-Kelly joined the OMG (Operation Mato Grosso) which is a movement of Italian volunteers who work in a mission in Peru. The OMG started working in Peru in the 1970’s. They settled in a very deprived area in the highlands in the Peruvian Andes and became directly involved in the problems of the poor communities, such as those related to agriculture, building of houses and roads, and education and health. In 1994, the group inaugurated the “Mama Ashu Hospital” in the rural town of Chacas, at 11,000 feet above sea level. The hospital now has 40 beds, an emergency room, two delivery rooms, two surgical theatres and a small laboratory and radiology department. Funds for medicine and other necessary supplies are raised by the OMG groups back in Italy. The hospital depends entirely on doctors and nurses, mostly Italian but also Peruvian, who volunteer their time and services. The hospital provides health services to over 8000 people, who without the help of the OMG, wouldn’t have any medical care. This hospital is running solely on charity and therefore, your help is very much needed. We hope to raise funds to help this hospital and every single cent collected will go directly towards buying medications and other health care equipments for the hospital. We hope you can be a part of this mission and help us to make a change! Thank you very much for your time and generosity.