What a busy couple of months we’ve had! Since we last updated you in September, the clinic has continued to expand and build a wonderful reputation in Nicaragua a
Julia Guth, with Ambassador Salvador Stadthagen to the right, explains the need for continuous support for the Roberto Clemente-Rancho Santana Clinic.
What a busy couple of months we’ve had! Since we last updated you in September, the clinic has continued to expand and build a wonderful reputation in Nicaragua as well as the United States.
In December, Ambassador Salvador Stadthagen and his gracious wife Analia hosted a holiday reception that highlighted many great projects. Clinic board member Mark Ford spoke about the recently published “Coastal Living on the Nicaraguan Riviera: Rancho Santana & Los Perros.” The beautiful 112-page pictorial truly captures the beauty of the region, and 60% of proceeds go to the Clinic. Clinic director Julia Guth articulated the need for constant support for the Clinic by recounting the latest testimonials from a few emergency patients. Finally, the unique and handcrafted pottery from San Juan de Oriente was highlighted. Reece Guth, also a devoted Clinic supporter, imports the pottery and makes it available to the Smithsonian and the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. His website is www.maytaclay.com.
Some of the pottery can be found on www.eBay.com. The Clinic is now a part of MissionFish community. MissionFish is how eBay.com sellers can donate to charities around the world. This is how the program works: If you sell items on eBay, you can choose a non-profit to support and allocate a certain percentage of your profit to go directly to that charity. A portion of Reece’s pottery sales will go to the Roberto Clemente-Rancho Santana Clinic.
Clinic director Julia Guth and Dr. Julio Flores at the Save the Day fundraiser in Managua.
The Save the Day! Fundraiser this January in Managua raised great awareness for the clinic as well as much needed funds!
Many Nicaraguans rotaries attended including the former vice president Jose Rizo Castellon. Also in attendance was Ambassador Paul A. Trivelli, the American ambassador to Nicaragua. Everyone was in great spirits and thrilled that Dr. Flores and his team were able to enjoy the fundraiser, despite having to work the following day!
All of the attendees were thrilled to see the authentic folkloric dancing, listen to Mario Sacasa’s upbeat and original music, dine on delicious Nicaraguan cuisine and enjoy the Flor de Caña rum and Victoria beer of Compania Licoria, a major sponsor. Un mil gracias are in order to Alvaro Meneses who organized the event. To hear or purchase music from Mario Sacasa, “the Dave Matthews of Nicaragua”, visit http://www.mariosacasa.com/.
The folkloric dancers impressed attendees with Nicaraguan dances, music and costume.
Second Annual Board Meeting
- Here are some chronic problems that Dr. Flores sees each month: respiratory problems (due to dusty roads), urinary tract infections and gastritis, parasitosis, dermatological problems, arthritis, and diarrhea. Other problems are diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
- Many patients continue to visit the Clinic daily. 822 came in January!
- We are open everyday! We will offer 24 care in the next few weeks!
- They are trying to raise funds for an ambulance for the clinic since the majority patients do not own automobiles.
- The Clinic team has been providing educational activities to promote well-being and health with the young people of the communities.
- We hope to add a dentist to our team. The plan is to have a dentist visit weekly to treat the most severe cases.
- Fernando Somarriba, our hard working volunteer lawyer, is working on certifying documents that will allow supplies to get through customs faster.
- We discussed these issues in our second annual board meeting. Also, with the support of Board members Tola Mayor Loyda García and Padre Walter Gonzales, we hope to expand our efforts to other communities.
FELICIDADES to Jeaneth Siezar. Ms. Siezar received an early Christmas present this year! Laura Elizabeth Molina Siezar was born December 22, 2005 at 8 in the morning. She is the third child born at the Clinic. Mom and baby are healthy and happy!
Thank you for your continued support of the Roberto Clemente – Rancho Santana Clinic.
For more information please visit www.nicaclinic.org.
Please remember that Agora Publishing in Baltimore is continuing to show its support for the Clínica Roberto Clemente-Rancho Santana- All donations made this year will be matched 100%! To make a donation click here.