For 9-year-old Anderson, his school had become a blurry blackboard, with no letters or numbers to catch his attention due to a vision problem. Anderson's visual problem was discovered during one of the community visits made by ClínicaVerde to a public school in the department of Boaco. The ClinicaVerde team makes such trips to schools regularly to provide screenings for students and teachers, and help those who need eyeglasses get the right prescription. "One of the child's eyes wanders all the time, and it is difficult for him to see the letters in his notebook," said Anderson’s grandfather, who accompanied him for the screening. "That's why I want doctors to review it. So that he can see his studies." A more in-depth visual examination was later done at ClinicaVerde to confirm a diagnosis. That exam revealed a refractive problem, which required permanent lenses. The team donated glasses to Anderson, so that the school once again could become a place of games and learning for the young boy. It’s such a privilege to be able to provide the gift of sight to the wonderful communities ClinicaVerde serves. Thank you for helping to support this good work.
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Garden of Hope
By Juan Miguel Garcia
Esperanza managed to turn the yard behind her house into a small, productive and eco-friendly garden in which to plant the vegetables she needs to feed her family nutritious meals. "I've always been curious about gardens, but I didn't have much knowledge or seeds to make one of my own," she says.
Esperanza is one of 20 people who is part of ClinicaVerde's Biointensive Garden Project in the Lomas de Cafen community. The program teaches community members how to create and nurture their own home gardens in order to fortify the diets of their families while caring for their best resource: the Earth.
“Through this program I learned to grow healthy and nutritious food for my whole family in the backyard of my house," says Esperanza enthusiastically. "Now I even plant in the pots to take advantage of the soil."
In addition to her own crops, Esperanza has been in charge of teaching this method of cultivation to her neighbors, to produce cabbages, celery, onions, beets, tomatoes and peppers.
“I looked for people who I know are going to plant and who are interested in learning, and I use my little garden to show what can be done if they put dedication into it,” adds Esperanza.
Since 2015, the ClinicaVerde team has been teaching pregnant women and community members how to create home gardens in order to fortify their nutrition in a sustainable way. The program started as part of our Prenatal Nutrition Program and has expanded throughout the region to provide instruction at schools, community centers and other clinics.
We're so grateful to our supporters for helping us continue this incredibly successful program.
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