Thirteen-year-old produces radio documentary during mission to Guatemala

Thirteen-year-old produces radio documentary during mission to Guatemala
Program to air this weekend on KRMC’s Focus on Your Health

Thirteen-year-old Kingman resident Madeline Swapp has produced a radio travelogue about her recent journey from Kingman to Guatemala to volunteer at an orphanage. Her recording will air Saturday, May 20, as an episode of Focus on Your Health, KRMC’s weekly radio program on health and wellness.

Madeline is the daughter of Dr. Ryan Swapp, pathologist and medical director of Kingman Regional Medical Center’s laboratory. Her maternal grandparents operate Casa de Sion, an orphanage in Godinez, Guatemala. The orphanage is currently home to seventeen children, many of whom went there after their parents abandoned them in hospitals.

Madeline traveled to Casa de Sion in February as an opportunity to help others and work toward personal progress in accordance with a book of goals for the young women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Before her trip, she collected donations in Kingman for the children of the orphanage. KRMC physicians Lorne Taylor, an OB-GYN, and Lyanna LaFredo, a pediatrician, contributed several cases of baby formula, which Madeline delivered to Casa de Sion. Madeline says the donations made it possible for the orphanage to accept four more babies in need.

She also took an audio recorder on the trip, which she used to document her adventures. During the radio program, she shares her reflections on travel, her surroundings, and Guatemalan culture. She also conducts humorous and endearing interviews with her cousins, ages eight and ten.

Looking back on her trip, Madeline says, “I loved being able to help those around me while still having fun with friends and family that I rarely see. I learned something new every ten minutes, and while some things were different or challenging, I wouldn’t change a thing about it.”

Madeline’s radio travelogue will air Saturday, May 20, on two stations: the Arizona Community Radio Network, 90.7 FM, at 11:30 a.m., and KNTR, 106.3 FM, at 12:05 p.m.

Beginning Saturday afternoon, the program will also be available for streaming on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/wLEHeO_oOLM.

For more information, please visit the orphanage website, casadesion.org, or contact T. G. LaFredo, producer of Focus on Your Health, at tglafredo@gmail.com.

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