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P.O. Box 816
Michigan 49301

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Programs: Public health investigation research to find the cause of the CKDu epidemic. Community education including: public health, english and computation classes, alternative trade workshops, and after school programs.

By addressing the CKDu epidemic we will improve the lives of those affected by ensuring that governmental and corporate institutions respect and facilitate human rights, workers’ rights and public health standards. Engaging in direct action and highlighting institutional failures that have contributed to this public health crisis ensures that future generations are not affected. Since our founding, La Isla Foundation has been instrumental in researching the cause of the disease; coordinating communities, workers and researchers; and bringing respected international media attention to the CKDu epidemic. Our goal is to facilitate change in governmental and corporate policies making the health of workers and their communities a priority on both sides of the sugar and biofuel supply chain.

These Pillars are both our guiding principles and reflect our goals.
1)Facilitate research into the cause of the CKDu epidemic.
2)Organize and support workers, researchers, and communities.
3) Connect consumers, producers, and workers through coordination with international media and our own content production
4) Change government, industry, and consumer policy via legal avenues, certifications, and trade regulations while ensuring compliance with these future policy changes
-Completed prevalence study for La Isla and Candelaria communities
-Renovated health clinic and primary school
-Completed Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Study
-Completed initial Human Rights Study
-Initiated feasibility study for potable water
-Renovated a school building for use as a community learning center
-Implemented English classes for primary school in La Isla
-Supplied La Isla school library with books and computers
-Built latrines throughout Guancastal Sur
-Implemented computer classes for youth and adults in La Isla
-Began after school sports and arts clubs in the primary school
-Arranged speaking tours through the USA and Europe
-Completed the demographic study and socioeconomic survey in La Isla
-Initiated Compliance Study investigation

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Originally interested in La Isla Foundation for it's commitment to public health in Nicaragua. I was disappointed in how the management interacts with volunteers and staff. It is unclear how time and money are managed... more »
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La Isla popped up on my radar when a good friend versed in Latin American politics recommended it. The Foundation is both super professional and very down to Earth. It's just as welcoming an environment as it is fast-paced and goal-oriented, and I think that makes a winning combination... more »
I first learned about La Isla through a local friend who worked there and said they did a good job and was a wonderfull place to be. So when I needed a break in my law studies I contacted them and offered my help. They were very proffesional, and I had two skype interviews, first with the head of ... more »
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