Clinica Verde

Rating: 4.98 stars   52 reviews

Issues: Environment, Health, International, Reproductive Rights

Location: Angwin CA 94508 USA

Mission: Clinica Verde is a new model of care for families in need.
Results: In 2012, we served nearly 14,000 patients. We continue to serve ~1,200 patients per month, providing clinical care as well as health and nutrition education
Target demographics: Women and children living in poverty.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 14,000 women and children
Geographic areas served: Nicaragua
Programs: prenatal and postnatal care, health and nutrition care, growth and development consults

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Clinica Verde shows how dedicated, good people can make a real difference in people's lives.
I am a proud supporter of CV because I know that this clinic is having a lasting impact on those who, as a Christian, I am called to love and support. It is inspiring how much Clinica Verde has accomplished in a relatively short period of time.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Truthfully I would not change a thing.

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Clinica Verde is a true success story. Starting as most do, with a clear idea, passionate and capable leadership and constant, realistic positive communication, a small community effort has expanded into a global group that has manifested and is delivering high quality health care to a poor community in northern Nicaragua. This was done in a relatively short period of time (less than 3 years) and it continues to grow today. I cannot imagine a better use of time and resources. Bravo to Susan Dix Lyons and her group of professionals, contributors and supporters as well as the staff in Nicaragua at Clinica Verde. Adelante y Ascendente!
GJ

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Clinica Verde is a leading example of a well run, great non-profit that is doing what it set out to do. As the visions of this group grow and expand, so do their accomplishments. Death, deformity and severe illness were frequent visitors in the homes of this very rural spot in Nicaragua. With great vision, the founders of Clinica Verde built their clinic and, in a very short span, have given sick patients hope and life and are giving the community vitality. The hospital has opened doors to maternal and infant care where nothing was available before. Word has spread quickly among the villagers and patients find their way to the open doors and caring hearts of the well qualified doctors and nurses. Ah that many of the non-profits I have worked on could acclaim such success and look forward with the same outreach as Clinica Verde.

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I have served as a board member on several nonprofit organization. All of those organizations are doing great work for the community, but I have never been involved in an organization as effective as Clinica Verde. In a relative short time, Clinica Verde has been able to directly and significantly impact the lives of hundreds of women and children in a relatively short period of time. Clinica Verde's success is due in most part to its executive director and founding board member, Susan Dix Lyons, whose vision and heart know no bounds.

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Most non-profits start with a wonderful idea. Few, unfortunately, are able to convert that idea to reality. Sometimes, it's a lack of funding. Sometimes, it's a lack of follow-through. Sometimes, they build it but nobody cares, and nobody comes.

Clinica Verde is the trifecta of nonprofits, putting it into very rarefied air. It was started as a dream, as a vision, of what was needed and what might help, in one of the poorest countries on this planet. It was developed by a not so small group of some highly experienced, highly gifted, and very caring people, who all believed that it could be done, and that it should be done. They were able to attract the right people, at the right time, and get just enough support and momentum moving in their favor that it crossed Malcolm Gladwell's "tipping point" and became a reality.

And, to our third point: did they come? Oh, my, yes they did. More than 14,000 patient visits in their first full year of operation. Does that provide any readers with any greater appreciation of just how badly such a clinic was needed, and just how much assistance it's providing? 14,000 patients, in one year!! Incredible!!!

Well done, Clinica Verde. Well done, Board of Directors. Well done, to all the donors out there who get the vision, see how the needs are being met, and want to continue to find ways to really make a difference in the lives of others on this planet Earth. Together, we all can make a difference, and we are, 14,000+++ patients (and growing) at a time!

And, just one more thing: we should not forget that one of the founding premises of this clinic was to devise a plan that could be repeated again and again, in other parts of the world, where the need for medical care is just as acute.

Bravo. Let's keep it going!! The need will never end. Nor should our support.

Ken Moll and Dr. Nancy L. Carteron

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I have seldom, if ever, encountered a vision of caring and a desire to help those so much less fortunate than us come to life with such enthusiasm, vigor, and ongoing success. Driven by the passion of its vision, with careful and considerate oversight by its Board of Directors, Clinica Verde is on its way to becoming a reality. And beyond its locale in a deeply impoverished setting where is getting ready to serve the under-served in an environmentally sensitive and sustainable manner, it is also focused on creating a replicable model that can be used over and over in other parts of the world - as the need is just as great elsewhere as it is in this one place. Clinica Verde deserves our prayers, our praise, and our support.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build 10 more sustainable equivalents to Clinica Verde and help ten times the number of women obtain medical and pre-natal assistance in some of the most impoverished places in this world where the needs are the greatest.

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2010-1-01

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Clinica Verde is a beautiful organization that is not only providing medical care but is also making a long term impact in the community that it serves. I was given an amazing opportunity to travel to Nicaragua and visit Clinica Verde. As a healthcare provider, I was so impressed with the treatment they provided, along with preventative care with outcome based monitoring to insure they are truly making an impact with the services they provide. I was so inspired and in awe with how caring and compassionate the medical staff was in providing healing and education for their patients. I saw families smiling and joyfully waiting to be seen in this place of refuge. You could tell that they just felt loved and cared for which gave them hope and that is a beautiful thing to witness. For these reasons, I support Clinica Verde and I know my donation is being used to make a positive difference to easy suffering in the world.

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Not only was I fortunate enough to make the trip to Nicaragua to see Clinica Verde with my own eyes - I was fortunate enough to see the clinic open and operating and serving numerous local women, men and children - the families who are so in need of Clinica Verde. I could not only see, but feel the sincere love and gratitude from both the people being served and the people serving at the clinic.
I was overwhelmed by the commitment of both the local staff and the CV board members . The level of commitment and dedication to Clinica Verde was truly inspirational . .. And I see CV as a model project with much growth and success in the years to come.

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I was on a project in Nicaragua and Central America primarily tasked with assessing the operating structures of various health clinics, that varied in services, structure and size. After visiting around 30 such clinics, Clinica Verde was the last one on my stop and while I had lofty expectations, they were easily exceeded. An environmentally sustainable health clinic serving the poor of Boaco while recovering 20% of their costs with aims to increase revenue through other socially sustainable means is mind-boggling. They're continually refining their operations and operations manual, and the clinic is efficiently run and incredibly organized. I hope to see Clinica Verdes across both developing countries and developed countries some day.

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I have worked throughout the developing world, and felt drawn to Clinica Verde by the culture it has developed though honoring the essential humanity in each of us. The culture is one that welcomes all, and cares not only for people's physical health but also for that of their Spirit, offering hope that things can be better.
It specializes in caring for women and children in one of the poorest regions in one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, and I feel especially proud of the way it helps empower women to plan their families in a way that can help lift them out of poverty.
The clinic also helps provide families with eco-stoves that help prevent deforestation while improving families' physical and financial health. Community partnerships include a bio-intensive garden which raises consciousness as well as health. There's just so much to love!

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My wife and I were in the process of starting a small clinic in Nicaragua. We were fortunate enough to meet the staff of Clínica Verde just as we needed to answer dozens of questions about sources of medicine, finding doctors, working with the ministry of health, finding equipment, setting up information systems and typical patterns of illness in Nicaragua. The generous help from everyone at Clínica Verde made all of this so much easier for us and now our clinic is up and running. The example set by these good people has encouraged us to "pay this forward" and we've been able to help other clinics as they get off the ground. Thank you!

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Life-changing

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