Verbo Nicaragua Development Fund

VNDF seeks to help impoverished Nicaraguans break out of the cycle of intergenerational poverty into which they were born by providing access to education, employment, health care, and affordable credit. VNDF is an international advocate for Verbo Nicaragua ministries which is based in Managua, Nicaragua, has been in existence since 1976 and operates nationwide. Nicaragua is the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
Sep 19, 2013

Serving the Community with a Medical Clinic

Setting up the pharmacy
Setting up the pharmacy

One of the most exciting things about the work we've been able to do with Colegio Verbo in Veracruz is their desire to reach more deeply into the community to care not only for the children who come to the school but also for their families and for families who can't afford for their children to attend the school. The average Nicaraguan family in Veracruz earns on average $2/day. For most families their meager earnings means having to make difficult choices - like choosing between food or clothing, electricity or medicine. The Verbo staff invited a joint medical team from Crossroads Community Church (in Maryland), Cedar Run Community Church and Crossroads Restoration (both in Virginia) to hold a one-day clinic for the teachers and students at Colegio Verbo, the children living at Verbo's Casa Bernabe orphanage, and some of the poorest families in Veracruz. Colegio Verbo Directora Nolvia Morales was thrilled to be able to use the school as a site to serve so many families.

All total the medical team cared for 183 patients in one day! In addition to free clinical care the patients:

  • attended a workshop on handwashing (which, if not done properly, causes a large percentage of the parasitic infection cases we see at clinics),
  • had their teeth cleaned by a fabulous dental hygenist and learned about proper dental hygiene
  • received free prescription and over-the-counter medication
  • were able to select from a large supply of donated clothing for their families

We are so grateful for all of the Verbo's staff's leadership and assistance and to the 20+ North American volunteers who made the clinic day possible!

Nadeeda Morris - dental hygienist extraordinaire!
Nadeeda Morris - dental hygienist extraordinaire!
Families lined the walkway waiting for care
Families lined the walkway waiting for care
Serving with Nicaraguan physician Dr. Don Corea!
Serving with Nicaraguan physician Dr. Don Corea!
Aug 19, 2013

Starting New, Seeing Growth

Washing up for lunch!
Washing up for lunch!

It's been a whirlwind starting Club Esperanza and we're excited to see all that God's been doing since opening our doors just a few short months ago! The Club serves children whose families previously lived and worked at La Chureca, Managua's enormous city dump. It is such a privilege to work with children like Maricella. She has dwarfism which has stunted her growth and affects her life in obvious ways but it is remarkable to know her and the excitement she has in life. The club provides lunch daily for her and she is in the tutoring/afterschool program. It is a great joy to share the gospel of Christ and live it out when you get to affect lives of children like Maricella. A great joy!

Roxanna Auxiliadora is in preschool and her sister Tiffany is part of the tutoring program. For their mother, Doña Maria, the Club is a huge blessing. Her husband left her with her girls and she survives by finding domestic work, but the pay is far from enough. She has expressed great appreciation for Club Esperanza to us. She also comes and helps when she can, even in her very tough personal circumstances. What a blessing to work along with parents!

We recently had a medical team from Christ Journey Church in Miami visit and they brought a huge gift.  The church's youth group had visited Club Esperanza during their spring break and after hearing about the demolition of our former school in La Chureca and our new Club Esperanza location they went home with a purpose.  A member of that team was with the medical team and he brought a gift of $13,800 to give to the purchase of the new location!!!  Praise Jesus!  Can you believe that?  We were floored! So now we are almost there.  Out of the $75,000 we have to raise, we only have $23,900 left to raise!  Absolutely amazing!  We know the Lord will do it!

Our most immediate pressing need is to hire tutors for the 180 students we have in our tutoring program.  We have been blessed to have volunteers fill those roles but we've exhausted those resources and need to raise $1,100 a month to hire 6 full-time tutors. Each full-time tutor earns $240/month and the children who come to our program really need the academic help and encouragement. Thank you in advance for partnering with us to bless these kids!

Lunch is served!
Lunch is served!
Sweet Maricela
Sweet Maricela
Roxana and her mother Maria Auxiliadora
Roxana and her mother Maria Auxiliadora
Learning how to avoid malaria & dengue by coloring
Learning how to avoid malaria & dengue by coloring
May 20, 2013

Celebrating Our Directora!

Colegio Verbo children dancing at the celebration
Colegio Verbo children dancing at the celebration

On May 7 the students and faculty of Colegio Verbo in Veracruz celebrated "La Dia de la Directora" - day of the Director. Nolvia Morales, the directora or principal of the school, has served as principal for 4 years now and taught at the school for more than 10 years prior to taking the head position. "I love the teachers that God has provided us with at Colegio Verbo," says Nolvia. "They work so hard, earning less money than they would at a public school, because they genuinely care for each of these students and their families. It's a privilege to lead them." The children enjoyed putting on a special event to celebrate Nolvia complete with a slide show, dancing in native costume, speeches, and games. Gracias Senora Morales for all that you do!!

Colegio Verbo Directora Nolvia Morales
Colegio Verbo Directora Nolvia Morales
Directora Morales loves her children!
Directora Morales loves her children!
A fun celebration in the new auditorium!
A fun celebration in the new auditorium!

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