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March 28, 2014
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March 28, 2014
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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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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

March 27, 2014

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March 27, 2014

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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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

April 16, 2010

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April 16, 2010

Clínica Verde is an innovative project that will serve an extremely vulnerable and deserving population – a population that is among the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. Perhaps Clínica Verde’s most exciting aspect is that it has been designed to be environmentally sustainable and replicable from the very beginning, so it provides a clear model for steadily increasing access to care throughout the region and throughout the world. Under Susan Lyons’ outstanding leadership, Clínica Verde has assembled a top-notch advisory board and is weaving close ties with its future client community as well as with other major charitable, government, and health care institutions in the region. This network of support will ensure continued project momentum. I’m very excited about this project and have no doubt that it will have a tremendously positive impact on health outcomes in Nicaragua.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching it create tremendous enthusiasm among donors and raise an impressive amount of starting capital

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

increase the involvement by non-physician health care professionals (such as nurses, social workers, midwives, etc.) who may have a valuable perspective on how best to serve its client population; push more research on best ways to reach & serve clients

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its innovative nature and the way it is hooked into the community to ensure that it gets the support it needs

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgeable, enthusiastic and energetic

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

make a huge difference to the health and happiness of some very deserving people

Ways to make it better...

I had been involved sooner!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising enough money to ensure the financial viability of its clinic operations

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is a very exciting program that deserves support

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010

I have a particular interest in Central America as I have other business responsibilities there. Once I learned of this project and met the people in my community who were involved, I was inspired to lend my food service design expertise to this vital project.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the generous spirit of collaboration.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 7, 2010

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April 7, 2010

I am the Parish Priest of the Episcopal church taht the Lyon's family attends in St helena, CA. It has been both a privilege and a blessing to be a witness to the inception of Cinica Verde, and now to see it about to open its doors. Susan Lyons has incredible passion, administrative expertise, and team-building skills that would be the envy of any Pastor. The work she has done to cast a life-changing vision and galvanize people around it is nothing short of miraculous. Were one to ever wonder how the hand of God works to make love manifest in a broken worls, one need look no further than Clinica Verde. What a story and what a ministry. May God continue to so richly bless it. Pax, MAC+

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the life of our congregation. As susan witnesses to the growth of Clinica Verde, people are inspired.

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

n't

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing again the proce3ss: first the seed, then the blade, then the fruit. Amazing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

absolutely first rate. susan went after the best, the brightest, the most passionate, and got them.

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

change countless more lives.

Ways to make it better...

they had raised more money more rapidly.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting things done in a country that really is developing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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