We greatly appreciate the support we received from our community in 2019. Hundreds of advocates, volunteers and donors gave their time, talents, and treasure so that Comunidad Connect humbled can continue working in isolated communities throughout Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. We thank each and every one of you- for who you are and for what you did in 2019:
As we enter another decade, we want to grow closer with our community. Thus, in 2020 we will have more opportunities for you to meet community partners, our field staff, and other people just like you. Be on the lookout for invitations to events and trips in the coming months!
Kennesaw State University Nursing with Pancho Mateo community
In December, we hosted Kennesaw State University’s Nursing program in the Dominican Republic. Students and faculty conducted family assessments and renovated the exterior of housing units benefitting 40 Haitian residents directly. 30 local volunteers joined the fun, plus 3 health promoters (Elisa, Juancito, and Siyara) from our community partner Health Horizons International. We also visited the regional hospital and the region’s leading HIV clinic in Puerto Plata. See here for a gallery of photos from the trip and let us know if you would like to join us in the DR in the future.
Lupita (in striped shirt) with her friends and neighbors
In the community of Los Robles, Nicaragua Guadalupe “Lupita” Martinez is known for helping her neighbors and Comunidad Connect as a constant volunteer on project sites. Her friends call her a Super Volunteer and while she helped on yet another home construction project this past winter, they nominated her to receive a project herself. Lupita lives with extended family and has never had her own room. We invested funds provided by generous donors to build a separate living space for her. After helping put roofs over dozens of her neighbors, Lupita finally has one of her own! See here for photos and video from this special project.
Nicaragua Community Health Summit, April 2017
We are pleased to share with you published research in Health Education Journal conducted by Johnathan Steppe, Barbara Blake, Amanda Dyal, Theresa Bailey, Kandice Porter, and our own Jon Thompson. The research design included a mixed-methods approach that used a quantitative survey and a qualitative questionnaire to determine health education priorities in the rural community of Los Robles, Nicaragua. The quantitative survey was completed by 125 participants to gauge the importance of specific health topics, while 49 of those participants also completed a qualitative questionnaire that solicited information about participants’ current health knowledge, beliefs, and practices. You may read the online abstract here.