We just returned from our Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors in Nicaragua. It was a great trip! We got a lot done in committee and were able to celebrate just how far we've come in the past few years. One of the things that makes working on Clinica Verde especially rewarding and meaningful, is the group of talented individuals who have served on our board since the project's inception. These people put in a lot of time, all on their own time. They're busy, talented professionals who believe in the vision of Clinica Verde and have made it happen. Clinica Verde as you see it in these photos – beautiful! – reflects their dedication. So, thank you: Peter Stanley, Dr. Mary Huber, Dennis de Vreede, Don Farrar, Bill Bylund (architect), Dr. Elquis Castillo, Dr. Tim Lyons, Rafael Rios, Cristiana Chamorro, Margarita Gurdian, Ken Weeman and Dr. Ramiro Lopez.
The clinic looks amazing, and we were all so proud to be there together to see it nearly complete.
Although there is still some work to be done on the building, we had a blessing ceremony at the clinic officiated by Monsenor Juan Francisco Moreira, and well attended by members of the community, the past and present mayors of Boaco (where we are building), Nicaraguan supporters and press, and interested parties – including children from one of the nearby villages who had a good time running through the bright hallways and spaces where they will hopefully one day go for clinical care and attention. Our message was clear: This clinic is yours. When you walk through the archway and enter the space, we want you to know how special and loved you are. We worked hard to create an environment that not only conserved resources but would feel welcoming, healthy, hopeful and respectful of the dignity of each patient we serve. It is our great honor to serve the needy in this community.
Now, we're beginning the important and challenging work of clinic operations. Your support is more important than ever!! Please share our work with friends and family and continue to support our vision of bringing health and hope to women and children living in poverty. If you know of any organizations or individuals who might be interested in supporting us further, let us know. You are forever a part of our work in the world!
Dear Global Giving Supporters:
Soon, I'll have some exciting new photos of our completed clinic building. Our construction team in Nicaragua is working hard to do the finishing work and paint the building this week, and our Board of Directors is preparing to meet in Nicaragua for our Annual Meeting. Things are looking great!
In the meantime, I wanted to share with you a photograph of the men from the community who have built Clinica Verde. They have done wonderful work, creating a sustainable clinic that they can be proud of for decades to come.
Thanks again for being a force for good in the world. The walls of our clinic will forever be a testament of your compassion and decency.
I just want to wish all of you a happy holiday season and say thank you. Thank you for being a compassionate person. Thank you for having a generous spirit. Thank you for being the kind of human being who improves and strengthens the world.
I hope you have a beautiful holiday filled with love, family and friendship. You have contributed to our work to change the lives of those living in poverty. You are a light in the dark.
Susan Dix Lyons
p.s. Some new photos below. We hope to complete construction of our environmentally sustainable health clinic for women and children in January!