Emerald Coast Missions
MEETING NEEDS CREATING OPPORTUNITIES CHANGING LIVES
Emerald Coast Missions is the parent organization for Sula Sonrisa Dental Clinic. It is supported entirely through donations and fundraisers. In addition to the dental clinic, Emerald Coast Missions provides assistance for medical and dental needs, school uniforms and books, food and shelter and Christmas food bags for 100 families. We also encourage and support education and entrepreneurship for Honduran families seeking to better their circumstances.
SulaSonrisa Dental Clinic
The dental clinic is located in the Hospital Socorro De Lo Alto and has two dental chairs and two hygienists chairs. The clinic opened in 2013 to serve the people of Sula and the surrounding communities. Our mission is to provide dental care and oral hygiene education with compassion. Each year the clinic has a mission in March. In 2018 we added an additional mission in September. In September 2018 we started a school outreach program, visiting local schools to apply fluoride to their teeth and teach them the importance of good dental hygiene. We provide them with toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss. To read about the history of the clinic CLICK HERE. To read about the little girl who was the inspiration for the clinic, CLICK HERE to read Karla's Story.
Hospital Socorro De Lo Alto
The Hospital Centro Socorro De Lo Alto (translated:Hospital Center Help From On High or Above) is a 26 bed hospital located in Sula, Macuelizo, Santa Barbara, Honduras. The hospital has three operating rooms, pre-operative, recovery and a central sterile. The emergency room operates 24/7 with an in-house Honduran physician. In addition, the hospital has laboratory, radiology, labor and delivery services and a pharmacy. An outpatient clinic houses general consultation rooms, dental and eye clinic services. In the OR suite is a team lounge. To learn more CLICK HERE to watch a video.
Sula, Macuelizo, Santa Barbara, Honduras
Nestled in the lush valleys of Quimistan in the Departrment of Santa Barbara, on the CA4 Pan American highway 73 kilometers from San Pedro lies the village of Sula, a small community of around 8000 people. It is a small community with a hotel, restaurants, churches, schools, a bank, a gas station, a pharmacy, many small Mom and Pop businesses, and of course.....a hospital! It is a favorite stop for truckers traveling between San Pedro and Copan. Sula (which means“valley”) is surrounded by mountains and in its’ valleys there are many acres of sugar cane and corn as well as pineapple and tobacco. There are cattle farms and tilapia farms and coffee plantations. Just north and west of Sula runs the river Chamelecon which parallels the CA4 to San Pedro and from there to Puerto Cortez on the Gulf of Honduras. Although Sula is very small, there are over 200,000 people living within 30 miles of the town.
Forest Park United Methodist Church
Forest Park United Methodist Church is located in Panama City Florida. Forest Park helps support the dental clinic through donations, special events and fundraisers. For more information CLICK HERE to visit their website.