In more than 30 villages around San Ramon, our workers are busy overseeing projects and distributing clinic tickets this week. It is currently very rainy and we are getting ready to bring dentists, doctors, and one optometrist to El Ular, Tepeyac, Siares, and several other villages between now and July 20th.
Our healthcare focus over the last six moths in these rural communities has been Hepatitis prevention. We started in January by sending Corner of Love employees out to meet with village leaders and invite each community to participate in a calendar of Hepatitis-prevention events at our new Plaza and also in their home communities. The activities ranged from home “charlas” where the public listened to a presentation in a large village casa, to door-to-door visits, and also included large-scale trainings at rural churches. Additionally, in February a community-fair-style-event took place at our clinic at La Lima River where there were many pamphlets and Hepatitis-prevention “freebies” like soap, posters, gloves, and booklets.
The overall effort certainly would not have been so successful without the wonderful participation of nursing students we hosted from Norwich and Northeastern (Boston-area) Universities in March. They assisted by giving an informational talk on the disease for all ILPDV/COL workers at our Quinta and distributing prevention cards they prepared. These students brought even more enthusiasm and collaboration to this campaign and the Nicaraguans we serve loved hearing all of their helpful advice.
We are so excited to share that the end result of this Hepatitis-prevention campaign was phenomenal! Hundreds of Nicaraguans were educated about the sickness and people were so highly engaged in the talks, that literally ALL attendees agreed to keep spreading this life-saving information. Looking back, we couldn’t believe it when we saw usually-shy Nicas asking questions, taking notes, and even taking videos of the presentations! We are praising God and feeling the ripple-effects of so many groups carrying the tips further out to even more remote areas.
With information so well-received and understood, we felt like this season represented our most successful healthcare campaign so far! This brought us so much joy, because our idea to tackle the subject came after a real time of sadness. Many of you know the story of Jolibet, Isac, and Diana who were orphaned when their father, Ricardo died from Hepatitis in October. Ricardo was a dear employee of ours who worked outside with the animals, and we were so saddened by his passing from Hepatitis. Education like this directly helped vulnerable people like these young ones, as their whole family plus extended family members attended.
Villagers often talk about their futures as being “uncertain” and tend to feel like disease” can get them,” as they say. Thank you for helping us provide a biblical and educational response to this sickness that has positively affected so many of them. Every impoverished Nicaraguan who came, saw us give our entire attention and great care to a subject that haunts many of them.
It brought tears to my eyes to hear one of them say this education made them feel like they had POWER over this disease!
In His service,
Tanya Mroczek Amador
C.E.O. Corner of Love Ministries
EIN No. 36-4612230