January 13th by Mckenzie Shappell From Minneapolis, Minnesota to Managua, Nicaragua in mid-January is the difference between being locked in a meat freezer and stepping into a volcanic hot spring. Except in comparison with Minneapolis January in 2018, the meat freezer is a veritable spa treatment. Stepping off the plane in Nicaragua is the same … Continue reading MSP-IAH-MGA
By Rachel Albrecht The team had an incredible day! We saw more patients in one day than I think we have ever seen on a vision trip… 151 patients and 119 of those walked away with glasses! The team came together and had amazing flow, making the day a great one for the team and … Continue reading Record Numbers
by Rachel Albrecht One of the best feelings is when they open the door to the airplane and the hot, humid air rushes in… that’s when you know you made it! Our team made it to Managua, Nicaragua late last night. Despite a long day of travel, the team is so positive, energetic and ready … Continue reading Vision team – We Made It!
Rose Wolbrink Yesterday we stayed in Matagalpa and helped at the Fara Clinic, which provides free care. Global Partners has been connected with this clinic for years. What a fantastic staff! As we walked into the lobby we saw close to 100 women lined up for care. I caught the eye of a middle aged … Continue reading Coming Full Circle
Rose Wolbrink Another fantastic day in Nicaragua! We drove further out, set up our PVC/curtain rooms and saw 70 women. They came in groups, some walking 15 minutes, many a couple hours; one group crossed a couple rivers, and brought a change of clothes. Being clean and well groomed is very important to them. Many … Continue reading Harvest Time
Jennifer Brunk What is a library? It sounds like a question we might ask school children in the United States, but the answer is more complicated than you might think. As we work to create community libraries in Nicaragua, I am continually reminded of the depth of cultural and professional knowledge that create a valuable … Continue reading What is a Library?
Corin Davey & Mary Monsoor Hola from Nicaragua! The education team had the opportunity to spend two afternoons in the beautiful community of Nueva Santa Celia. The main goal for these visits was to understand how the books were wearing and evaluate how the library is being used in the community. The first day we … Continue reading Books, Puzzles, & Paper Eating Ants!
by Noreen Rem Greetings from the Orthopedic/Podiatry brigade from Esteli, Nicaragua!!! Our first day here we saw about 50 patient consults in half a day. We wasted no time getting to the operating room. Our first case started about 4:30 pm Monday afternoon, it was a tibial plateau fracture, followed by a complete ankle fusion and … Continue reading Continuity of Care
By Dr. Dana Benden Our first day in Matagalpa took the cervical team to Clínica Fara. We arrived to a waiting room full of patients. We saw three women with advanced cervical cancer in our first 30 minutes. And many more women to follow patiently waiting for their treatment. It is clear that our … Continue reading Solamente una más…
With the exception of a final half day of teaching nursing students at UNAN we usually complete our planned work for the week on Fridays. It has become our traditional to spend our last night in Matagalpa enjoying the food and ambiance of El Garaje. Run by a friendly Nicaraguan couple, this restaurant set in … Continue reading Highlights of the Week