Project #2680

Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua

by Clinica Verde
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!



The Men Who Built Clinica Verde
The Men Who Built Clinica Verde

Dear Global Giving Supporters:

Soon, I'll have some exciting new photos of our completed clinic building. Our construction team in Nicaragua is working hard to do the finishing work and paint the building this week, and our Board of Directors is preparing to meet in Nicaragua for our Annual Meeting. Things are looking great!

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you a photograph of the men from the community who have built Clinica Verde. They have done wonderful work, creating a sustainable clinic that they can be proud of for decades to come.

Thanks again for being a force for good in the world. The walls of our clinic will forever be a testament of your compassion and decency.



Construction progress
Construction progress

Dear Supporters:

I just want to wish all of you a happy holiday season and say thank you. Thank you for being a compassionate person. Thank you for having a generous spirit. Thank you for being the kind of human being who improves and strengthens the world. 

I hope you have a beautiful holiday filled with love, family and friendship. You have contributed to our work to change the lives of those living in poverty. You are a light in the dark.


Susan Dix Lyons

p.s. Some new photos below. We hope to complete construction of our environmentally sustainable health clinic for women and children in January!

Clinica Verde, November 2010
Clinica Verde, November 2010

Hi, Awesome Supporters:

Just wanted to give you a brief update on our construction progress. The roof is on and we're moving towards construction completion by the end of this year. Photos below!

As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to thank each of your for your compassion and support. You are so important to the success of our work in the world. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends and know that we at Clinica Verde are especially thankful for you.

Warm regards,




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Clinica Verde

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

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