Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua

Feb 7, 2012

Clinica Verde: Open for Business!

Clinica Verde waiting room.
Clinica Verde waiting room.

Dear Awesome Supporters:

In the final weeks of January, our Board of Directors traveled together to Nicaragua for our annual meeting – and to see Clinica Verde open and serving patients. We wish you could have been there with us!

Between January 9 and 31, we served 837 patients: 624 women, 213 men, 231 children under the age of 9. Our Clinic Director, Jennifer Owen, reports that common concerns include bronchitis, pneumonia, dehydration and diabetes. We have a superb, committed staff in place on the ground and excellent leadership moving forward. 

Said Owen: "I see evidence every day that we are making tangible changes in people's lives, and I see places where we can grow and improve every day. People are proud to be able to come to a facility like this, and people are very proud to work here. There is a really special kind of joy in coming to work every day, confident that you have a stellar staff in place that is committed to achieving the mission of Clinica Verde in a measurable way. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and that is going to require a lot of resources. But I know we are doing something that matters, and I know we have the right team in place. That's a pretty great place to be in, one month into operations." 

Thank you for believing in Clinica Verde and our work to create a new model of care for families living in poverty. Clinica Verde belongs to the community, but it is there because of people like you.

Please don't hesitate to contact me personally if you have questions or ideas for our work in the world.





Dec 17, 2011

Training Day!

Training Day at Clinica Verde in Boaco, Nicaragua.
Training Day at Clinica Verde in Boaco, Nicaragua.

Dear Awesome Supporters:

On Friday, Dec. 16, Clinica Verde held a training day for all of its new employees. I delivered a welcome and congratulation to the team in Nicaragua via Skype at 6:30 a.m. Pacific and our leaders on the ground took over from there – doing an superb job orienting the group to the work ahead.

Our employee manual and job descriptions were distributed and reviewed, and Dr. Incer led a presentation that reviewed our mission and goals, standards of care and service, protocols, and the spirit and culture of excellence we expect to impart from Day 1. 

Local staff from the Ministry of Health joined the group for lunch and got to know the team and our goals, while discussing ministry requirements and expectations. We look forward to partnering with local government agencies so that we can support each other's goals.

Our new Director, Jennifer Owen, helped to organize and oversee the day, doing the fabulous work we've grown to realize is second nature to her. We are thrilled to announce that Jennifer has agreed to serve in Boaco for a full year to help lead our services and develop our organization on the ground at this critical stage of our growth. She is a blessing beyond anything we imagined.

Thank you so much for your continued commitment to our work in the world. Clinica Verde belongs to the community and each of you who have supported it, and we feel a great responsibility to serve all of our constituents with excellence, determination and respect.

As I reminded our team on Friday morning, we are servants to the poor. I shared these words from Peter Drucker: "Rank doesn't confer privilege or power. It imposes responsibility." Ours is to care for impoverished women and children with professionalism and love.

We wish all of you a holiday season filled with health and hope.




Nov 21, 2011

Moving Forward!

Job Applicants at Clinica Verde.
Job Applicants at Clinica Verde.

Dear Global Giving Supporters:

Just a quick note to check in with you and let you know how we're progressing! In October we received our permit to operate from the Ministry of Health of Nicaragua and we're moving forward with the formal process of hiring and official clinic opening. The photo features a picture of job applicants in our clinic waiting room. Our interview team was very impressed by the quality and attitude of nurses and health professionals who applied!

We're eager to open our doors but want to give a lot of thought and consideration to our choices and preparation. We've worked so hard and persistently for these past few years and the next few steps in our journey are essential to our success. We hope to be the best-run clinic in all of Nicaragua – and know that this will be another great challenge. We are up for it!

This week, as you gather with your families and think of the many blessings in your lives, know that we are giving thanks for you. Thank you for believing in our vision to provide health and hope to women and children living in poverty. You are more important to us than you could ever know.



Oct 13, 2011

On the Ground in Nicaragua ...

Children from Empalme de Boaco, Nicaragua.
Children from Empalme de Boaco, Nicaragua.

Dear Clinica Verde Supporters:

As we work to raise awareness and support in the U.S., a lot of activity is taking place in Nicaragua. Our dedicated team in Managua and Boaco are working hard to keep our project moving forward. Here are some highlights of our progress: 

• The American Nicaraguan Foundation inspected the clinic on Oct. 4 to approve us for receiving medications and support through their incredible foundation. We are so grateful for the time and consideration of this wonderful organization. Read more about ANF here:

• The Ministry of Health of Nicaragua is scheduled to visit and inspect the clinic within the next couple of weeks. 

• Recommended personnel are being reviewed by our legal rep in Nicaragua, Rafael Morales, and Clinica Verde Board Vice-Chair, Dr. Elquis Castillo. 

• Former Minister of Health of Nicaragua and CV Board Member Margarita Gurdian is in Nicaragua following an assignment with USAID in Angola, and is meeting with officials and CV team members to review goals and action items prior to clinic opening. Thanks to Margarita for her awesome help and support moving us forward!

• CV volunteer Jennifer Owen is in Boaco for the month of July helping with clinic setup. Meet Jennifer below! 

• In September, we finished our most recent short video about our wonderful project. Please see the link below to watch.

We are moving forward! 

Meet Jennifer Owen ...

This month Clinica Verde in Boaco welcomes volunteer Jennifer Owen, who will spend October helping out on the ground in Nicaragua. Jennifer is an attorney practicing in clean energy technologies and energy policy. She served at the Department of Energy as Director of the Office of Technology Advancement and Outreach in DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and was a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) and a staff member on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. 

Says Jennifer: "As an advocate for clean energy technologies in the U.S., I am excited to see Clinica Verde demonstrate sustainable building in a real world scenario. I hope to help the clinic move forward to opening, and provide whatever help I can. The mission of the clinic is so important - I feel very blessed to have an opportunity to meet the people of Boaco and support Clinica Verde!" 

We are honored to have Jennifer's commitment and support! 

And we are honored to have yours.

Thanks for your continued support of Clinica Verde! As always, please feel free to email me personally if you have any questions or ideas concerning our work in the world.



Clinica Verde volunteer Jennifer Owen.
Clinica Verde volunteer Jennifer Owen.


Jul 25, 2011

Our Equipment Arrives!

Hello, Awesome Supporters:

We are happy to report to you that after a long (!!) delay in Nicaragua customs our shipment of medical supplies and equipment has arrived at Clinica Verde and has been inventoried by our Medical Director Dr. Armando Incer. Things look good, and we’re eager to unpack it all and get things in their place so that we can continue moving forward!

We’d like to recognize and thank IMEC for organizing and arranging the entire shipment for Clinica Verde. IMEC is a volunteer-based organization whose mission is to provide doctors in developing countries with quality medical equipment to improve health care for the poor. IMEC has worked with over 60 humanitarian organizations to revitalize hundreds of existing, impoverished hospitals with donated surplus medical equipment and supplies that are organized into complete medical departments, delivering them to over 70 countries around the world. They made the job of equipping our clinic efficient and highly organized in ways that helped us to conserve both time and resources. A special thanks also to Clinica Verde board members/volunteers Dr. Mary Huber and Don Farrar for identifying and coordinating with this world-class charitable organization.

Thanks, as always, for hanging in there with us! Sometimes things move slower than we'd like, but there's always forward progress – thanks to your faith and commitment to our work in the world.

Hope you're having a great summer.

Warm regards,



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Susan Dix Lyons

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Map of Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua