January 19, 2011
by Brittney Luma
Leah and Hannah Blondke, of Pittsford, are going on a medical missions trip with Operation Renewed Hope to Cambodia January 21st through 31st.
Operation Renewed Hope is a Christian non-profit medical missions and disaster relief agency providing relief at home and abroad to those in need. They make several trips a year to provide relief to areas in need by providing medical, educational and non-food humanitarian supplies and operating short-term medical clinics in remote locations.
On this mission trip there will be 5 doctors, 2 dentists, 2 optometrists, and a handful of nurses caring for the local population over a period of 4 to 5 days. Residents will be given general care and access to either the optometrist or dentist, per their choice. The mission trip brings medication and supplies.
Hannah and Leah will be traveling down the Mekong River to different villages and setting up clinics. They will be going to 4-5 different locations bringing medical supplies and offering assistance to the medical staff.
Leah has previously participated with Operation Renewed Hope in Cambodia, Peru, and Uganda, and this will be Hannah’s first time going along, although she has participated in other Christian missions trips teaching medical terminology in China and has helped in orphanage work in Kazakhstan.
Leah and Hannah are residents of Pittsford, and Leah has coached and played community soccer in Hudson. They are both graduates of a private school in Pittsford.
Regarding the experience, Leah believes it is very important to get the word out. “It’s important for people to know that other countries need our help. America is very fortunate and these trips remind me of how much we have. People in these countries have very little and their lives are very hard, and still they are very happy. Providing medical help and education we hope improves their life expectancy and their quality of life, and reminds me to be thankful for what we have,” she said.