The Sweetest of People
by Mikaela Schlesinger
This trip has already been so amazing from the beautiful scenery, delicious and overly plentiful food, and the inspiring work we have been doing. The team has been great and everyone is always eager to help or learn about all the things happening here. It’s been awesome seeing Connie and Terry in their teaching element by telling stories to the kids and having Marcos translate in the same high-pitched voices! It was fun being part of acting out Little Red Hen with Connie being the hen, Mary being the pig, Shelia as the lamb, Terry as the cat, and Ceci, Mikka, Freydel, and myself as little chicks. We’ll be presenting on Broadway next week if anyone wants to see it for themselves. 😉
The most amazing part to me so far has been the Nicaraguan people especially the kids. I’ve had so much fun playing with them and “attempting” to speak in my limited Spanish with them. Their big smiles and many hugs remind me how little you need to be so happy. Couldn’t ask for a better spring break then coloring and playing tag with hug-loving, sweet little kids!
Can’t wait to continue the adventure tomorrow!
En Dos Dias!
by Dana Benden
I have had two of the busiest and most rewarding days in Nicaragua. On Monday and Tuesday, I helped our surgery team in La Dalia. We saw over 100 patients on Monday and scheduled 58 cases for the week. During our consultations the door would open to a sea of patients waiting to be seen.
As the day progressed we started our surgical cases. The Global Partners team has worked side by side with the Nicaraguan team from Esperanca. It is great to see the teams working in collaboration and learning from each other.
On Tuesday afternoon I traveled to Matagalpa to work with our cervical cancer prevention team. We are so fortunate to be working with a project sponsored by our Rotary After Hours of LaCrosse and los Rotarios del Matagalpa. We are launching a collaboration to train and equip several communities in the Matagalpa area to have access to trained medical providers with proper equipment to perform screenings and treatment for cervix cancer prevention.
One of the highlights of my trip so far was a patient from Clínica Fara who was treated for breast cancer. She had undergone unilateral mastectomy. For over two years she has been unable to wear a proper bra as she did not have the ability to purchase a prosthetic. This is a common concern for women in Nicaragua who have been treated for breast cancer. She came in today and walked out with a well fitted prosthetic and bra donated to Clínica Fara by Global Partners. She expressed great gratitude at feeling like she had regained something she had lost.
Photo from the surgery team in La Dalia