Friday, June 9th, 2017

Goodbye, Nueva Vida

Our final day working at the clinic was bittersweet. The morning was filled with painting metal beams for the roof, along with substantial advancements to the walls of the x-ray room. In the afternoon we worked together to mix and pour concrete into wooden molds on the top of the walls. Working with the concrete as a group was a great way to come together for our last time at the clinic. As everyone was taking pictures to remember the work we’ve done it was easy to see the progress we had made in our short three weeks here. When we […]

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Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Thundering Hammers and Thundering Clouds

The day began early with an interesting lecture by Fausto Torrez, who is the International Relations secretary for the Association of Rural Farmers (ATC). He illustrated the power of agroecology and its sustainable impacts. We then ventured to the clinic to continue our escapade. Some people worked on putting up wooden structures for future concrete pouring, cemented cinderblocks into the X-Ray room, worked in the pharmacy, and others went out into the community with Marion for house calls. We went back to the dorms for lunch with the company of the JHC staff. They highlighted their key view points on […]

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Monday, May 29th, 2017

Sunday: Trip to Managua

We were lucky enough to enjoy an air conditioned bus tour around Managua. First, we visited a cliffside monument where the National Guard under the Somoza regime would throw the bodies of their perceived resistors. Becca, our tour guide, told us how many people in the resistance would tattoo their initials on their forearms so their families could identify them in the event that they were killed. It was very moving and sad to actually be standing on grounds where just decades ago people would come to find their loved ones. We also visited the Palacio de la Cultura, where […]

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Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Homecoming!

Hello! We apologize for missing a day of blogging, however serious work needed to be done at the health clinic! We stayed until 6:30pm finishing the upper viga, which is what ties together the top of the wall and makes it “earthquake” proof. There was a lot of cement mixing, rebar tying, but it was all worth it in the end. We came back to JHC, had a delightful dinner of a potato ,egg, and cheese casserole, and got ready to head to Carols Mejilla Godoy’s concert! We woke up bright and early at 6:45am and headed to the biggest […]

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Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Schlep Day! (Thursday)

¨Wake up, Lotion up, repellant up, and get up. It´s a beautiful day!¨ As we all opened our eyes in response to Paul´s singing and capering (some of us only required 1 call but for others required upwards of 3 or 4), we readied for another day of schlepin´, building, bending, and twisting on the JHC site. Breakfast was absolutely delicious despite the remnants of bug spray and sun tan lotion in our mouths, and the coffee from our friends at El Porvenir was nothing short of amazing (sorry Dunks and Starbs). After breakfast, the resident expert on all things Nicaragua, Cirilo Otero, strolled […]

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Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Wednesday: El Porvenir

After Paul´s 615 wakeup, we embarked on a nap inducing bus ride through the Nicaraguan countryside. After exiting the highway, our day finally began. Another bumpy ride down a dirt road ended when the bus could go no further. We climbed atop an open trailer as a tractor pulled our way up the bouncy path to the summit. We only lost one person on the way up, and managed to claim her before it was too late. When we reached the top, we found a view too beautiful to be captured in photographs. El Porvenir, a coffee co-op consisting of […]

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Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Sponsor a Hormonal Implant !

Hi everyone! After learning more about Nicaragua this morning from a guest speaker, we headed back to the health clinic and got to work.  Even though it was a long and tiring day yesterday, everyone was ready to jump back in! We continued to assemble the earthquake proof columns, paint the storage room, work in the pharmacy, build walls in the new building, and shadow doctors. Emily saw many patients and was able to insert birth control implants. Currently, the JHC is accepting donations to provide even more women with these implants, which cost $45.00 each and prevent pregnancy for […]

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Monday, March 13th, 2017

Third Day!

We began our morning at 7:15 today, and the sun was already shining. It was a beautiful breezy morning, and we had an incredible breakfast prepared by the JHC staff. Around 8:00 Becca, our guide, arrived and gave us an overview of JHC and Nueva Vida, the city in which we were working today. We discussed the politics of owning land in Nicaragua and the effects of investments over the past 30 years. We also talked about how Nueva Vida came to be and what JHC has been doing over the past few years to help the situation. Once Becca […]

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Sunday, March 12th, 2017

First full day in Nicaragua!

Hi everyone, It’s our first day and we’ve already hit the ground running. Today, we woke up to a delicious breakfast and an awesome sunrise. Some of us went on a run, drank coffee and had some great conversations. Today, breakfast was fresh fruit, freshly baked bread, marmalade and butter, rice and beans, and eggs. I’ve never been this well fed in my life. We went into Managua today and saw many parts of the city. Becca, who has been living in Nicaragua since 2001 and works for the JHC, took us around the city and provided an awesome narrative […]

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Saturday, March 11th, 2017

We Made It!!!

To all family, friends, and loved ones, Our hectic day started with loading the buses at 3:45am. After a 3 hour quiet drive to D.C , we arrived to Washington airport with a full day ahead of us. We had a quick connection in El Salvador before arriving to Managua, Nicaragua at 3:50pm. We were told that Nicaragua had been experiencing an unusually cold dry season, but were confused when we felt the 91 degree weather. When we arrived to JHC, everyone helped unload the luggage filled with donations and we hurried to pick our preferred bunkbed. Soon after, we […]

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