La Isla Foundation

Our role is to eradicate the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) epidemic that has widowed and orphaned entire communities, and in doing so disrupt unjust economic systems in Nicaragua that impose abusive conditions upon laborers. We will achieve this through investigative research, epidemiology studies, education, and consumer empowerment. We hope for a world eradicated of man-made epidemics where workers are not employed in hazardous circumstances without adequate safety precautions; and where we as consumers empowered by information, hold corporations responsible for exploitative practices, so that human rights and fair trade policies are universally implemented. La Isla Foundation seeks to em...
Help thousands get kidney disease treatment
This project will strengthen the healthcare system in Nicaragua, improving the only life sustaining treatment option available to thousands of young men suffering from the final stages of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown cause (CKDu), dialysis. This disease is linked to poor work practices in the sugarcane fields, by improving the health care system we are also protecting fundamental human rights. Prevention of CKDu is the focus of LIF, but we must improve quality of care for those affected. project reportread updates from the field
English and a chance to live past 35
While the direct causality factor for the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKDu) epidemic claiming almost 70% of sugar cane cutters in Guanacastal Sur, Nicaragua, is still unknown, LIF is forced to concentrate relief efforts on providing the cutters' children with skill sets to find a job outside of the cane. By teaching the students English, we enable the next generation to find higher paying work with better conditions and avoid the epidemic so severely affecting their community and livelihoods. project reportread updates from the field
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