Hi everyone! This morning we all woke up excited for our first day of work at Nueva Vida health clinic. We ate breakfast and learned about the history of the Jubilee House Community, specifically, their involvement in sustainable agriculture, economic development, and health care. We had a short orientation at the health clinic, where we explored the facility and observed the specific services that are available to the community. In the morning, Christine and Cara worked on sifting gravel to prepare the cement to be used for constructing the third building for the clinic. For lunch, we went to the JHC facility and met JHC staff and their families. We all felt so welcomed by their hospitality and our delicious lunch helped us recharge to continue on the workday.
In the afternoon, Cara joined Olivia for preparing and painting metal bars that will be placed on the roof of the third building. We were working below our fellow brigadistas who were installing the metal roof panels. Others were delegated to sort medicine that were donated by Bucknellians. During our work, we were able to learn and practice Spanish with the locals. They were patient with our lack of Spanish vocabulary and were eager to help us learn.
Christine had the opportunity to shadow Dr. Lutzi on home visits. She saw patients being treated for various chronic illness; such as, diabetes, hypertension, and asthma. It was great to interact with the community on a personal level and see how the people of Nueva Vida live. This experience was truly humbling and eye-opening. As a group, we discussed the infrastructure issues in Nicaragua and the impact this has on health conditions and the overall quality of life. We ended the evening with reflecting on the day and look forward to another day spent at the clinic.
P.S Hi Mom!
-Cara English (2018), Olivia Garvey (2021), Christine Kehril (2018)