Help Vacation New Braunfels help Congo!

Dr Vera Sistenich (right) giving resuscitation tips to a Congolese health care worker.

Each of us can make a difference. Owner Susan Phillips' sisters, Lucy Hobgood-Brown and Anne Zolnor, are actively involved in sustainable development and education projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo -- where they grew up, and where Susan was born. Through Rotary International and HandUp Congo www.handupcongo.org, a new initiative is underway in April and May 2016: emergency medicine training for health care teams at six teaching hospitals. Vacation New Braunfels will donate a portion of our April booking proceeds to this initiative. Why not join us? Tax deductibility is available for North American and Australian donors.

North American donors: Please donate online www.upcongo.org to the North American Liaison Bureau of Congo Protestant University. In the Projects box, designate "Medical School" and in the Comments box please note "Emergency Medicine". Or checks may be sent to NALB, c/o Doug Cardwell, 2216 Elgin Road, Winston-Salem NC 27103 USA. Please designate "Emergency Medicine."

Australian donors: may donate online www.rawcs.org.au and designate Project 47-2015-16 "Building a healthy Congo".

For more information about this initiative please contact Lucy on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thank you!

Medical education trainees with Australian Rotary teachers Dr Grace Maano (left) and Dr Vera Sistenich at Lotumbe Hospital The 2015 Rotary team traveled 300 km to reach the village where Susan’s father was born.

Lucy Hobgood-Brown (right) and Dr Vera Sistenich take a break from medical training to enjoy a Congolese baby.