2014 Mission Destinations: Lebrija, Piedecuesta, Giron, and Berlin

Bucaramanga by night

Bucaramanga by night

Francie, our founder and president, accompanied Gisella, our medical coordinator, on an exploratory trip to the small cities near our mission home base of Bucaramanga, Colombia.  Gisella is from Bucaramanga and has led mission trips to the area for many years.

Our missions have the support of local medical leadership and we are welcomed by the First Ladies in the region, who are happy to support health care and education for their most needy people.

Lebrija school

A school in Lebrija that will serve as our clinic.

We are adding a key feature to our missions to plant seeds of change and improve health outcomes through education.  We will give nutrition consults to every patient and encourage exercise by conducting exercise classes at the clinic sites.  In addition, each patient will receive vitamins, a toothbrush, fluoride painting (for the kids) and those in need will receive eye exams and glasses.

We will visit Lebrija, Piedecuesta, and Giron on the outskirts of Bucaramanga and travel up to Berlin at 10,000 feet.



The clinic in Piedecuesta.

The clinic in Piedecuesta.

The clinic in Giron.

The clinic in Giron.

We have a new look!

With all the new positive energy surrounding LAUGHH Foundation and our growing programs, it was time to take a step back to better understand who we are, who we want to be and why we are driven to do what we do.

As we began that process, we worked with Mike at Fervor to really get down to the nitty-gritty and through those conversations, our new logo evolved.  How do you evoke the healing action of laughing with a logo?  Mike and his team figured it out!  Our new logo features a red helium balloon.  Can’t you just see the JOY and hear the belly laughter of a child with a new red helium balloon LIFTing towards the heavens?  The string and the bottom of the balloon look like an arrow pointing UP – just the way we want to go and lead others.

LAUGHH is an acronym that stands for Live Abundantly Using Guided Helping Hands.

LIVE:  Live!  Live well, with joy and laughter.  Use the healing powers of laughter to your advantage.

“Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” Psalm 126:2

ABUNDANTLY:  We are blessed and believe we must share our abundance with others.  We are inspired by John 10:10:

“I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.”

USING:  Our gifts are many; we must put them to good use.

“From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.”  Luke 12:48

GUIDED:  We believe a higher power is guiding us through the creation of LAUGHH and its programs.  We continue to ask for inspiration and guidance as we grow and evolve.

HELPING: We aspire to help others through our programs, to LIFT those who need a hand UP and not a hand out.  We want to give those in need an edge to improve their lives, whether it be an improvement to their health and wellness or to a young person’s professional future.

HANDS:  Hands provide a connecting point for us all. With our hands we deliver manual labor, a healing touch, a strong, confident handshake. With our hands we hold the string to a red balloon as it lifts towards the heavens. St. Theresa of Avila tells us:

“Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.”

Thank you, Mike and the gang at Fervor!  You rock!

We love our new look and hope YOU do too.

First medical mission to Colombia announced for July 2014

LAUGHH’s Board of Directors are actively recruiting members for our first medical mission to Colombia next summer.  Learn more about this trip and contact us via the form to the right if you’d like to be a part of it!

We’re on our way!

501(c)(3) application submitted

After several weeks of data gathering and word crafting, we’re pleased to announce that our 501(c)(3) application has been submitted.

Thankfully any donations made to LAUGHH are tax deductible going forward!  It’s a good day to LAUGHH!