I’M GOING TO NICARAGUA!
This summer, from June 18th to July 1st, a group of first-year medical students (including me!) will be traveling to rural Nicaragua in order to bring medical care to underserved communities.
For the first week, we get to help build latrines and possibly house foundations to help improve sanitation and health conditions in a rural area. We will be able to build a sustainable community latrine so that people in a community can continue to use the latrine for years. We’ll get to work with Nicaraguan people using their strategies and supplies to help build community infrastructure.
For the second week, we’ll be running a clinic in a separate rural area with medically underserved populations. We’ll be giving out medications, vaccinating people, and educating healthcare providers in Nicaragua so that they can continue to provide appropriate care for their patients. Nicaragua has mandatory education until grade 6 only; some of these healthcare providers have ONLY this education. Through the use of brief seminars and long Q&A sessions with translators, we hope to inform local healthcare providers about diarrhea prevention/care/management, skin care, water sanitation, hygiene, dental hygiene, and wound care.
This last bit really emphasizes the fact that we are creating a LASTING impression in Nicaragua through a program called Bridges to Community; this program has existed in Nicaragua for several years and will persist after we leave in order to continue to provide infrastructure building and medical care to rural communities.
We are all in thousands of dollars worth of student loan debt, and this trip is not cheap. Here is a link to our donation site through our school, so that you can contribute to this cause and help us get to Nicaragua to provide necessary medical care and information. We just want to help, but we need YOUR help to be able to do that!
Spread the link around and PLEASE donate - you can give any amount, anonymously or not.
THIS WILL BE LIFE-SAVING for someone in Nicaragua.