Nov 1, 2019

Clinica Verde's Model Wins AIA Design Award

We are delighted to share that Clinica Verde's collaboration with Amanda Martocchio Architecture on a health clinic prototype for rural Nicaraguan communities has received an American Institute of Architects Design Award from AIA Connecticut! The project was fueled by the vision, passion and commitment of the team at Amanda Martocchio Architecture, Clinica Verde staff, and the communities we serve.

“We are thrilled that our architecture studio has received this design award for the design of the Las Lagunas puesto de salud," says architect Amanda Martocchio. "However, what makes the honor truly gratifying is that we think of it not as recognition of a product of our design so much as a recognition of the process involving many collaborators across many miles who helped to make the design a built reality. It took Las Lagunas community members sharing with us their concerns and dreams for the health post, and it took the amazing staff at Clinica Verde—Yolanda, Rafael, Mary Elizabeth, and others – working with Boaco’s Department of Construction and community members; it took the local construction team committed to 'green building,' and it took the leadership of the Board of Directors of Clinica Verde and Founder Susan Dix Lyons recognizing that design can tackle tough problems.”

We are humbled and honored.

The effort was supported by and in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Nicaragua. The project goal was to develop a replicable “puesto de salud” (health post) prototype based on local building materials and methods, with details that could be adapted to different rural sites in Nicaragua. The first implementation site was Las Lagunas, in the department of Boaco. The design team met with residents and listened to their input, which informed everything from programmatic layout to paint colors, bio-intensive community gardening, and incorporating local symbols into the design. You can see more here: Las Lagunas Puesto de Salud.

Congrats to all who contributed to this project. And a huge thanks to you, our supporters, who make everything possible.


Aug 22, 2019

To Be a "Light of Hope" in the World


In 2012 Clinica Verde opened its doors to serve the rural poor in Boaco, Nicaragua and in 2013 we hired David to be our first Administrator – a critical support role for our Director and General Manager. David is often the first to arrive and the last to leave our clinic health hub. He's a class act, a dedicated worker, and a supremely decent human being. Here, David shares with you in his own words what the work means to him.

By David Narvaez

On the most personal level, Clinica Verde has represented a rebirth in my life, providing me the opportunity to work for my city and for my people. But on a larger level, Clinica Verde has also meant hope.

When I look at the past and where I was in 2013, knowing each of the members of our work team, I realize that Clinica Verde has represented the biggest challenge in my professional life because it has meant constant struggle, dedicated teamwork, union of purpose and a resurgence of personal meaning in my life.

Clinica Verde became our lives. Being part of this organization made me grow little by little – not only as a human being, but as a professional and as a member of a team. As the years progressed we have watched the baby that was a dream grow step by step, through challenges and difficult times that we always overcame together.

Getting to where we are today has meant a long road full of stones, of fighting for what we believe in, of undertaking new ideas, of supporting the ideas of our colleagues, of attracting attention throughout the country and abroad, of attending to those who call us to serve, to persevere, and to focus always on working for those in need.

There is nothing better than to see the satisfaction of the team when we have completed a job and when that job represents the well-being of a patient, of giving hope in a moment of distress. To be a light of hope has meant to open Anacleta's eyes for the first time, to see the fifth and last pregnancy of Doña Dina and the first steps of her little Jordan, to meet Maicol and his family as his vision was restored, to see every woman who has been a part of our Prenatal Nutrition Program, every teenager that we have reached through our Teen Club, knowing that we have surely marked others deeply and will be remembered as a clinic that has given the opportunities of a good life.

To talk about Clinica Verde is also to think of the young people who have graduated from university with their heads full of optimism and their hearts full of vitality to serve – like Olman, Juan Miguel, Celina, and Sugey; it's to face the diseases of our colleagues Alba and Catherin as a team; it's to accept and support the departures of excellent doctors like Dr. Miranda and Dr. Varela so they can undertake new projects; it is to see Dr. Paredes arrive with a renewal of ideas; to see Rafael Morales share with the team; and to see the children of each of us grow, and watch as many have become adolescents over the past years that we have spent working at Clinica Verde together.  

And for my community of Boaco it has been the opportunity for social and economic development, as Clinica Verde has provided a place of dignity and quality to care for people who come to us in search of answers. Little by little, we have gained the trust and recognition of the people we serve, and we have earned the empathy and admiration of other organizations that have sought alliances with us so that we can continue to grow, reaching more people in more communities – including some that had never before seen a doctor or received professional medical attention.

Clínica Verde was the dream of its Founder and Board of Directors, but that dream has taken root and materialized in each of the team members who work here each day for our community. Thank you to our supporters for making this work possible, for providing opportunity and hope for so many who would otherwise not have it. You have changed lives.


May 28, 2019

Dr. Leal traveled by mule, across rocky terrain

After an approximately 12 kilometer walk, the Clinica Verde team arrived to provide medical and optometry services to the remote community of Mombachito in the municipality of Camoapa, Nicaragua. Mombachito is one of the rural communities in the department of Boaco that is totally deprived of basic services. Clínica Verde had identified two groups of especially vulnerable populations in this community: The first group is the elderly – those over 60 years of age – and the second group is children under 14 years of age. We are focusing our efforts in this region on these two important populations. 

During the community consultations, the villagers express deep appreciation for the efforts of the clinic team, who on foot or on mule manage to transport the medicine and supplies needed to the region. If not for Clinica Verde, community members would have to walk themselves to reach the nearest health center, sometimes with the person who is ill loaded on a hammock.

This is how difficult it can be for rural, impoverished populations to simply access care. Often, the only and best solution is to bring the care to them. We're so grateful for the support of you, our awesome donors, who make this service possible.


Why Clinica Verde?

We asked our Executive Director, Yolanda Paredes-Gaitan. Here's what she said.

We treat people with dignity.

We do not discriminate based on political party, religion, sexual orientation, age or precedence.

We respect human rights.

We offer excellent quality healthcare in a space that communicates respect and hope.

We reach the underserved.

We understand the community needs.

We do not judge our patients, we understand them.


Thank you to all of our supporters for making this possible.


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