Health
 Nicaragua
Project #2680

Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua

by Clinica Verde
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: http://www.aidnicaragua.org/en/

• 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.

Abrazos,

Susan

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

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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,

Susan

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Gracias!
Gracias!

Dear Excellent Supporters:

What do you do with $15 a month? It's a cheese pizza, 4 lattes, 2 movie tickets.

You've supported Clinica Verde in the past – now I'd like to ask you to stick with us moving forward as we work to bring health and hope to women and children living in poverty. Sign up to be a recurring donor to our project. For only $15 a month you can help to change the life of a child or mother in Nicaragua. And we need you now more than ever.

We've spent the past three years building our environmentally sustainable clinic and working with our Nicaraguan partners in the community to develop a compassionate, whole health approach to healthcare for the impoverished. Now, clinic construction is done and we're preparing for clinic operations. It's an exciting – and vital – time in the life of our project. Help us to continue to move forward.

Your support will help us to provide prenatal and postnatal care to mothers at Clinica Verde.

This month Global Giving is devoting special focus and resources to encourage compassionate people like you to commit to the work you believe in on a recurring basis. By signing up for a recurring donation now, you can help us get an additional $1,500 through GlobalGiving’s Recurring Donation Campaign!  We need at least ten new recurring donations before Friday, May 20 in order to be eligible for additional grants between $500 and $1500.

It's super easy to sign up here: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/health-care-for-pregnant-women/ Just click the "Monthly Recurring" tab below the large orange “donate” button.  

To make it fun, anyone who signs up as a recurring donor in May of 2011 will enter our Raffle for 1 second generation iPod Touch (32 GB), a $50 iTunes card, an Apple ball cap, and an "I visited the Mothership" Apple T-shirt. 

Help us to continue the good work we do in the world. As always, I welcome you to contact me personally at any time with questions about our project.

Thanks so much for your generosity and consideration. 

Susan

Johny Siman
Johny Siman
We've been lucky to have Juan Jorge Siman ("Johny") serve as our project manager and all-around man-on-the-ground in Nicaragua. He had a big and challenging job overseeing construction of the clinic, while keeping up with those of us in California who expected him to be there for us 24/7 – even if it interfered with his World Cup games. (Go, Madrid!) Johny knows how to get things done. Clinica Verde is a reflection of his perseverance, smart negotiating skills, and hard work. We grew to love him and will truly miss working with him. (P.S. Johny, please stop smoking.) 

Here, some parting words from the man himself ... 
What has it been like working for Clinica Verde these past couple years?

Being part of the Clinica Verde Team has been a much enriched and challenging experience. With all the ups and downs, natural to any project, we were able to carry out our goals and build Clinica Verde the way it was intended with all its features that will make this project unique.  I would have to confess that when I was presented with the project I didn´t think we would be able to carry it out. Yet, I took on the challenge and the project took its course.

What about Clinica Verde stands out to you?

Clinica Verde has so many things that make it stand out. The holistic approach to healthcare and education, the ecological design, the cooling of the building with natural air instead of electricity, the natural sunlight that illuminates all the areas of the building, the classroom for education on nutrition, prenatal and postnatal care, etc.

But if I have to pick out one thing that stands out the must, it would have to be the people involved in the project: Susan, Tim, Peter, Vikki, Ken, Kathryn, Dennis, Mary, Bill, Don, Joan, Elquis, Rafael.  I believe that the success of any venture is due to the people that are in charge of making the decisions.  The team of Clinica Verde is much diversified and has lots of experience on social projects. And even though each person is assigned a specific field of the project, everybody is involved on the decisions of the project. John D. Rockefeller once said that an extraordinary person is just an ordinary person that does something extra. I believe that the members of the board of Clinica Verde are ordinary people doing something extra for the people of Boaco.  That’s why I think that this is the aspect of Clinica Verde that stands out the most and the reason Clinica Verde will be a success.

What is your hope and dream for our project?

 I hope that once the Clinic opens up, that the people of Boaco understand and appreciate all the effort going into this project from so many people. That they understand that Clinic is theirs.  That they know that we don’t expect anything from them except to help them mitigate poverty by having quality healthcare available to them.  My dream is that this project can extend to other parts of Nicaragua or other countries.

Any parting words?

Even though I’m not physically there, it does not mean that I am not there. Clinica Verde will always be a part of me and I always support the project, whether I am in Nicaragua, El Salvador, the United States or any other part of the world.

Message for Johny: No fumar!
Message for Johny: No fumar!
Clinica Verde, Jan. 22
Clinica Verde, Jan. 22

Dear Supporters:

We just returned from our Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors in Nicaragua. It was a great trip! We got a lot done in committee and were able to celebrate just how far we've come in the past few years. One of the things that makes working on Clinica Verde especially rewarding and meaningful, is the group of talented individuals who have served on our board since the project's inception. These people put in a lot of time, all on their own time. They're busy, talented professionals who believe in the vision of Clinica Verde and have made it happen. Clinica Verde as you see it in these photos – beautiful! – reflects their dedication. So, thank you: Peter Stanley, Dr. Mary Huber, Dennis de Vreede, Don Farrar, Bill Bylund (architect), Dr. Elquis Castillo, Dr. Tim Lyons, Rafael Rios, Cristiana Chamorro, Margarita Gurdian, Ken Weeman and Dr. Ramiro Lopez.

The clinic looks amazing, and we were all so proud to be there together to see it nearly complete.

Although there is still some work to be done on the building, we had a blessing ceremony at the clinic officiated by Monsenor Juan Francisco Moreira, and well attended by members of the community, the past and present mayors of Boaco (where we are building), Nicaraguan supporters and press, and interested parties – including children from one of the nearby villages who had a good time running through the bright hallways and spaces where they will hopefully one day go for clinical care and attention. Our message was clear: This clinic is yours. When you walk through the archway and enter the space, we want you to know how special and loved you are. We worked hard to create an environment that not only conserved resources but would feel welcoming, healthy, hopeful and respectful of the dignity of each patient we serve. It is our great honor to serve the needy in this community.

Now, we're beginning the important and challenging work of clinic operations. Your support is more important than ever!! Please share our work with friends and family and continue to support our vision of bringing health and hope to women and children living in poverty. If you know of any organizations or individuals who might be interested in supporting us further, let us know. You are forever a part of our work in the world!

Saludos,

Susan

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Organization Information

Clinica Verde

Location: Angwin, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.clinicaverde.org
Project Leader:
Susan Dix Lyons
Staff member
Angwin, CA United States