Many of you know that, over these last years, I have become passionate and involved with the mission of making natural medicine accessible to everyone. In addition to becoming a Holistic Nutritionist, I have worked here in CA for a nonprofit offering free alternative healthcare to women with cancer. And now, the journey continues!
Natural Doctors International (NDI) is the oldest naturopathic global health organization in existence, offering naturopathic medicine and alternative healthcare modalities to the underserved community of Ometepe, Nicaragua. NDI is paving the way on the ground and at the policy level for naturopathic medicine to be part of the global public health arena.
I have the unique opportunity to work with NDI as the new Volunteer Programs Director beginning in July! My responsibilities will be organizing brigades of Naturopaths and MD's, medical students, and other allied healthcare providers to complete 10 day service learning trips and serve the people of Ometepe, the majority of whom are agricultural workers with an acute need for healthcare given the poverty and remoteness of the island. I will also be helping the organization create and implement a much-needed nutrition program.
Please consider supporting my 1+ year venture with this amazing nonprofit! While I will be receiving a small stipend, many projects and necessities of living while in a rural village setting will be self-funded. To give some perspective, the average farmer in Nicaragua makes around $4/day, so anything you can contribute will be a profound help! However, I've offered some suggested giving levels to consider.
Here is a breakdown of my $2,000 fundraising goal:
1) Motorbike for Transportation: $600
2) Plane Ticket to/from Managua: $700
3) Health Insurance: $520
4) A Little X-tra for Emergencies: $180
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