June 9th, 2016

The Walls are A’Coming

Goodnight everyone! We are happy to let you know that we all survived another day in the heat (and no fingers have been crushed either…yet).  This morning Adolfo Pastran, a highly esteemed journalist who produces a publication called the Pastran Report came to talk to us.  He told us a lot about projections for this year’s election and gave us a different perspective on the progress that current President Ortega has made. After that, we went to work.  This morning, the construction workers stayed in the compound to work on building the losetas, which are concrete slabs used to make […]

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June 8th, 2016

Matt’s journal entry

Dear diary, Today started like many others – with a soft morning call performed by Paul. Breakfast was a little out of the ordinary in that gallo pinto was accompanied by mac and cheese, which was a welcoming surprise to most of our taste buds. We then prepared for the following journey to El Porvenir. The bus arrived and to our dismay, our beloved Luis & Luis bus company was not our provider today. We then got a little lost while trying to find the correct dirt road to climb up to El Porvenir. Our navigation was assisted by many […]

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June 7th, 2016

June Bug Attack

  This morning we woke up a little earlier to Paul’s wonderful wake up call “it’s a beautiful day so, lotion up, repellent up and most importantly wake up”. Libby was lucky enough to get a few personal wake ups of her own. After breakfast we all loaded on the bus at 7:30 to head off to the Free Trade Zone. We were greeted by Mauricio who is the Head of Investment Programs for the National Free Trade Commission. This means that he reaches out to big companies from around the world to come set up their factories in Nicaragua. […]

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June 6th, 2016

Dora Maria Tellez and Work at the Clinic

Happy Monday and Happy Birthday, Olivia! Our week began with a slow, sleepy morning. At 9:45 we began a discussion with Dora Maria Tellez who is the former Minister of Health and now works with the MRS (the Sandinista Reform Movement). She allowed us to ask her questions about the current status of Nicaragua and global politics. This led to discussions about the current canal development, the Nicaragua youth, Ortega’s current administration, and some reflection about our own electoral process as we will be voting two days before the Nicaraguans. This was very enjoyable and informative. After lunch, we resumed […]

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June 6th, 2016

Selva Negra Vacay

Hello. Friday morning, after an exquisite breakfast of rice and beans, again, we ventured to the bus to go to Selva Negra (Black Forest). Luis (#2) drove us north into the mountains. We went past Matagalpa and to the Selva Negra farm. This is a hotel/farm at a cloud forest in the mountains. We stayed in three German cabins. We were blessed with hot water and a much cooler environment. Eventually after getting settled in, we toured their organic coffee farm. They make a lot of coffee, and it was good.  There, we witnessed a sloth carrying its baby, and […]

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May 31st, 2016

Last few days

First, an alert that some storms have knocked out internet service in the dorm and elsewhere, so delays in blogs should be expected. We were all sad to say goodbye to Dr. Barbara who left at the crack of dawn on Monday morning. We did more work on the 3rd clinic building in the morning and then had free time and a class in the afternoon. It was Mother’s Day in Nicaragua and everything closes up by midday. Dr. Geoff arrived in the evening, joining our group. Tuesday morning, Dr. Geoff went around Nueva Vida with the health promoter and […]

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May 30th, 2016

The Weekend Extravaganza

We sincerely apologize for no update yesterday. The group was exhausted after a long day of travel to Leon, Nicaragua. Yesterday, the trip to Leon began with a tour of the only organic sesame plant in Nicaragua. The plant was highly industrial and included several processing machines, in addition to a specialized room for inspecting the sesame. This specialized room is used for quality control and is air conditioned, which was wonderful. After the tour of the sesame facility, we traveled about 20 minutes to Leon. Upon arrival we ate lunch at a local restaurant, and lunch consisted mostly of […]

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May 27th, 2016

Delicious Pitalla!

We woke up to a wonderful morning at JHC ready to start our work day. Paul Susman’s morning wake up call got everyone up and running. We had a delicious breakfast meal at 8am. which consisted of an empanada filled with rice and chicken, warm bread with jelly, and fruit. We then awaited for our second speaker, but unfortunately Cirilio Ortero was not able to make it, so instead we decided to start our work day at the clinic a bit earlier. James and Nicole were stationed at the pharmacy. Jillian and Delaney shadowed Barbara on house visits in Nueva […]

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May 26th, 2016

3 Days In and We’re Still Alive

This morning we went to the hospital…but don’t worry no one was hurt. We had the opportunity to tour the Hospital in Cd. Sandino and talk to a social worker. She showed us the different buildings and talked about the progress the hospital was making. We learned that all visits were free and they tried to accommodate as many specialties as possible. Since we have been working in the clinic where they send people to the hospital, it was cool to see the other side of it. In the afternoon we were greeted by a group of students from Colorado […]

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May 25th, 2016

Day two in the books!

Another day in the health clinic well spent! Nicole, Amy, Alyssa, Mishi, and  Melissa  did filing at the health clinic to help clean out old files. James and Chad shadowed Dr. Barbara and CJ and Maribel helped translate for Dr. Barbara and the patients. Mark, Libby, Melissa, and Chad helped organize prescriptions written by Dr. Barbara and other doctors at the clinic. The other members of the group helped build the structure concrete in the morning, and then poured the concrete later in the afternoon. Mark Lester, an expert in all things Nicaragua, spoke to the group this morning regarding the political […]

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