Who We are
Launched in 1993 by former Peace Corps nurse, Kathryn M. Tschiegg, RN, BBA, CAMO is a non-denominational, Christian-based, humanitarian organization that brings life-saving medical services, education and community development to Central America. CAMO provides more than 140, 000 life-saving services each year to impoverished people who otherwise would not have access to aid.
The CAMO model was designed by founder Kathryn Tschiegg, after her experience in Peace Corps. During her service, she witnessed the daily loss of an incredible number of infants due to the lack of basic life-saving resources available in Central America. CAMO’s initial focus was to provide equipment, supplies and education to Honduran doctors and nurses so they would have the tools to save lives. As a result, an average of 150 infants per year go home alive in their parents’ arms instead of resting in wooden boxes. From CAMO’s first program, 18 other programs have branched off, bringing services to meet the needs that otherwise would not have been met. Please help CAMO to meet these needs and save lives.
Our Mission as a humanitarian organization is to improve the quality of life of people in Central America by strengthening health care systems and promoting sustainable community development.
Hear founder, Kathy Tschiegg, give a synopsis of the services CAMO provides.
What makes CAMO different?
Counterpart relationships make CAMO unique. Being a counterpart means just that – being an international part, or “partner,” with someone in the same field. The relationship is one of teaching, learning, communicating and growing. CAMO builds multi-disciplinary networks among medical experts, trade professionals and those in leadership development. CAMO-USA professionals commit to a minimum of 5 years to develop such counterpart relationships with CAMO’s Honduras professionals to promote positive, forward change.
What makes CAMO different is the long-term counterpart relationships:
- Shipping Helpers
- Maintenance Helpers
- Lawn Care Helpers
- Software Technicians
- Web Designers
- Financial Associates
- Committee members
- Retail Workers
- Social Workers
- Biomedical Engineers
How We serve (Redistribution)
CAMO operates in three main areas: Training and Education, Medical Services, and Community Development. CAMO-USA collects, sorts, repairs and distributes donated equipment and supplies to assist each of these areas of service. To maintain consistency and promote sustainability, the redistribution center in the USA mirrors the one in Honduras in both function and operation.