The average Nicaraguan family earns just $910 annually, and 1/3 of the children never enroll in elementary school, do not attend, or drop out before reaching the 6th grade. Hospital wards are overcrowded and often there are not enough beds and/or sheets for patients; often times two or more patients must share a portion of the bed. Individuals living with disabilities often never leave their homes due to the stigma associated with disabilty and the tremendous difficulties they face when negotiating overcrowded and uneven sidewalks in the community.
There is a great need for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and general medical supplies. By providing needed services, our delegation hopes to not only gain an understanding of the disparities that exist, but more importantly offer a sense of community and comfort when providing needed care and services to the Nicaraguan natives. I'd like to take this opportunity to ask for your support. Any donation, big or small, is greatly appreciated (they are also tax deductable). Donations will go directly to my trips cost, which will include airfare, transportation, and additional supplies that will be used in the homes and clinics I will be working in. Such supplies include: wheelchairs, commodes, walkers, sheets, toys for the children and patients in the hospital. Any contribution will be of great help for our delegations efforts.
Again, I cannot adequately express my gratitude and thanks to all those who are making this trip possible for me-- it means the world!
Below is a link with videos / pictures from previous trips, enjoy!
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