Areas of Impact
Nicolasa and her five children were living in a precarious situation
Nicolasa Rizo and her five children were living in a shelter made of plastic and sleeping together in one bed on a muddy floor.
She was nominated by friends and neighbors to receive a project because of her selfless participation in the community and the dire need to improve the family’s living conditions.
Over the course of a week, our community of support in the U.S. joined forces with volunteers from the community of Los Robles Nicaragua to build Nicolasa and her children a dignified home.
The family’s shelter before
Yarisleidy presenting Nicolasa and her children with keys to their new home
Nicolasa- “Thank you for everything… Thank you for looking after me. I never thought I would have a home like this. “
2019 Family Impact Projects and New Homes Benefiting 100+ people
Community bathrooms built in the Dominican Republic benefitting 80 people
Beneficiaries from renovating multi-family housing
$200 builds a concrete floor, smoke-venting stove or oven, zinc roof, or bathing area
$2,500 builds an entire home
Insect Repellent Paint
We use a natural insecticide that traps mosquitoes which can then be swept away. This helps reduce
mosquito-borne illnesses such as Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika. The bright white coloring also discourages rodents who typically prefer dark spaces in homes.
Clean-Cook Ovens and Stoves
Most families in rural Nicaragua cook over an open flame, often leading to chronic illnesses such as respiratory infections, pneumonia, and asthma. Our stoves uses less wood, which save money while also funneling the smoke outside the house. Ovens provide a source of income for women who bake bread and pastries for sale.
Many parasites are found in dirt floors of homes in rural Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Concrete floors reduce such pests, mold growth, diarrhea, and anemia, while also improving respiratory health.Sanitary and secure floors also provide ideal space for infant “belly-time”.
Meyling is 3 years old and lives in the community of Los Robles with her parents and 2 sisters. She was born with a syndrome that affected her vertebrae, trachea, and esophagus development, and caused several congenital birth defects.
Through the Together For Health Program, Meyling recieves medicine and private transportation. In the summer of 2019, Meyling underwent a successful esophagus replacement surgery.
Raquel Blandon Rizo
Raquel is 17 years old and lives in the community of Los Robles, Nicaragua with her mother, brother and grandmother. She was born with a cognitive disorder resulting in limited mental capabilities. She is hyperactive, compulsively bites her hands and suffers from seizures.
A patient of the Together For Health program since 2016, Raquel receives medicine monthly and personal transportation to a psychiatrist in Jinotega every two months. This support improves her quality of life and alleviates the financial burden.
Priscila is a 9 year old with Downs Syndrome from the community of San Esteban, Nicaragua. She lives with her mother, Elizabeth, her father, Francisco, and little sister, Francis.
Every two months she visits a pediatrician and endocrine specialist in Managua for evaluations. She also receives medicine for migraines and pain and vitamins for healthy growth. Despite her condition, Priscila has not fallen behind her peers academically.
The program currently provides a continuum of care to 20 special needs community residents
$50 covers a month of medicine and transportation for a patient
Enma first joined the team in 2017 as Nurse of the Los Robles Health Clinic, serving a catchment area of over 3,000 people. In addition to seeing over 300 patients monthly at the clinic (95% women and children), she also manages treatment plans for the special needs patients of our Together For Health Program throughout the year. She also coordinates and supports the active network of community health promoters in Los Robles every month.
Medical consultations provided in rural Nicaragua this year
Are women and children
Director of community development, Yarisleidy, delivering a meal
What is Food For Good?
Meals delivered to vulnerable seniors in 2019
Maria Teresa Samora Cruz- 79
Maria lived with her brother until he died more than three years ago. Since then, she has lived alone with little social support. When our staff delivers her meals, Maria always shares some wisdom: “You have to do exercise to get rid of pain”
Teleforo lives alone in the community of Los Robles, Nicaragua, relying on his neighbors to care for him. He is completely deaf yet thoroughly enjoys reading.
Ciriaco lives in the community of Los Robles, Nicaragua. Although he does have family there, Ciriaco lives alone in another sector of the community. Given his age, he suffers from hearing loss, high blood pressure, and heart problems. Ciriaco will turn 100 this December!
“I believe he’s [my son] going to be somebody very important in life. The community won’t say “he’s just a drunk in the street” but rather, “Wow! Very impressive that Johanssy”. Playing sports has helped him a lot and I dream of seeing that day come. “
Every year, over 500 children register in year-round baseball, soccer, and volleyball leagues