Buenos Dias Familias y Amigos,
Our day started with us all waking up after a much needed good nights sleep. It was VERY HOT as usual, but we are starting to get used to the weather and enjoying a break from the cold. For breakfast, we enjoyed beans, eggs, fruit, and fresh bread. Once we were energized and ready to start our day, Becca from the JHC came to talk to us about what their organization does. It was interesting to learn about how JHC got its roots in Nicaragua, and how much Bucknell contributed to the process. We now can appreciate that this Brigade comes from a long history of passionate volunteers. Then, we pilled in vans they call “ambulancias” and saw the clinic for the first time. We received a tour of the Clinic, which Bucknell helped to build. It was pretty well equipped with a pharmacy, an operation room, an OBGYN, and dentists offices. We also learned that the new building that we helped to construct today will house more offices, but also areas where programs for the community can be held. We got a tour of Nueva Vida, which was surreal and shocking – we learned about the people who live there and some of the things they do to make a living, including searching for items of value (like plastic bottles) in the dump. After our tour, we went to JHC, where past delegations have stayed, and had an amazing lunch (with guacamole, rice, beans, pico de gayo, radish salad, fried cheese, and fresh fruit). The JHC compound now houses people who permanently work in Nicaragua, and office space. After that, we returned to the clinic and broke up into work groups. Some of us worked in the pharmacy counting out pills and fulling prescriptions, some people unpacked medical supplies we brought down, and some of us got to shadow doctors in Nueva Vida and a local school. The rest of us poured concrete for the floor of the new building for the clinic. After about three hours, we cleaned up and headed back to CEPS. For dinner, we are having chicken, rice, plantain chips, along with other yummy Nicaraguan staples. After dinner, we will have our second group discussion. Last night our discussion was about the history of Nicaragua and US involvement in the country – it was a really enriching conversation. Tonight we are excited to hear about everyone’s different experiences with their first day of work. We can’t wait to have a longer work day tomorrow and have a chance to rotate work groups and try something new. It was overall a really great day, and although we are all tired we are excited to do it all again tomorrow.
Carly, Sol, and Gabby