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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Health

Mission: The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic provides affordable access to high-quality health care and wellness programs in the Tola coastal communities of Nicaragua.

Results: Launched in 2004, the Clinic is the creation of generous donations from private individuals, the volunteer efforts of the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh, The Oxford Club, and the Granados Family who donated the land. This 2,750 square foot facility is staffed by a team of medical professionals who are all accredited by the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health.volunteers The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic serves over 12,000 patients per year through general and emergency care, minor surgery, dentistry, lab work and a fully stocked pharmacy. The opening of our clinic means an expectant mother who lives in Limón and the 27 surrounding communities can easily access necessary prenatal care. It means an injured worker can quickly get safe, efficient medical treatment and prescriptions. It means the residents of Limón can have a neighborhood doctor who can treat emergencies like allergic reactions, lacerations and asthma attacks, or even perform routine medical exams and testing.

Target demographics: children, young people, women, elders, anyone in need...

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 10,000 deserving Nicaraguans

Geographic areas served: Nicaragua

Programs: Healthy Eating Initiative, Clean Water Initiative, Padrino Program, and Volunteers Program

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned about the clinic, google searching for volunteer services in Nicaragua. As a Nicaraguan citizen, I am grateful that I got to live this unique experience. Enmanuel, the volunteer coordinator, made my schedule productive. My duties included assisting the nurses with direct patient care at the clinic. In addition, I had the honor to serve as a translator for Dr. Fred Mandell, a pediatrician, who volunteers at the clinic. At the same time, I assisted Dr. Ruiz with the ambulatory diabetic clinic in Asentamiento.
My favorite part of my time here was assisting Dr. Ruiz with her trip to Las Salinas elementary school. Dr. Ruiz impressed me with her love and dedication for the children.
Quickly I became friends with the entire staff gaining their love and support. Emmanuel was excellent in providing me with all the necessary information I needed for my time here. The nurses Martha, Lidiel, and Melvin, shared their knowledge and experiences without hesitation.
As a Nicaraguan citizen there are no words to express my gratitude to The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic for their love and support to the poorest of the poor! I will be back for sure!!

1 Katherin_Marenco

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many small people, in small places, doing small things, can change the world. I feel that once you find your vocation you give your life meaning, you give direction, direction, at the Roberto Clemente Clinic I had the opportunity to develop as a local volunteer and the truth is that it is an extraordinary job that they carry out in the communities. people who need a hand to get ahead, especially I like a lot and had the opportunity to share some activities with children, it is impressive to see how complicated it is in these communities that children can have access to education, to drinking water, to school supplies, a good diet and see how they have made progress thanks to the programs offered by the Clinic for the communities; For me it has been very pleasant and satisfying to work with the volunteers who visit the Clinic as well as my colleagues who are local volunteers, we do it with a lot of love and desires to eradicate poverty not only materially but emotionally, spiritually and mentally. I am and I hope in God to continue volunteering, as long as it is within my reach, my contribution is a tiny seed and maybe you can not see your harvest, but just by contributing that little seed I know someone can help and that fills me , for me the most important thing and what has more value is what neither with all the money nor all the gold in the world can you buy. #Nica_Volunteer

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at the Roberto Clemente clinic has been one of my greatest experiences to date! This clinic provides an incredible service in a large area where many patients are poverty stricken and resources are scarce. Specialist projects, such as Diabetes Club, provides patient education alongside treatment which is imperative for successful management of a condition which causes so much morbidity and mortality. Other projects include water sanitation, Nutrition distribution and a Padrino program which provides vital medication/ vaccinations and school supplies for children.

One of the greatest assets of the clinic is the staff themselves. They work tirelessly, all hours, showing genuine compassion to each and every patient. Us volunteers are guaranteed to receive care and affection from a team that would go over and beyond to support you. This clinic truly is a remarkable establishment, and l am so blessed to have been a part of this. l highly recommend volunteering here if you wish to experience humanity at its finest! This is not a good bye from me, but an Hasta Pronto!!!! May you all receive abundant blessings for a incredible work you do that is impossible for me to describe in words. Mucho gracias for having me.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my time volunteering for clinic and with the staff. This clinic does so much for the community and surrounding ones as well and it was great to be a part of it. The locals were very pleasant and the nearby beaches was a lovely bonus! I definitely am looking forward to volunteering again! Thank you to all the staff that made it possible.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Clinic is a wonderful organization that does so much for an amazing community. I am so thankful to have had this opportunity!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hola! While visiting Rancho Santana with my family, we stopped by the clinic to see if we could help out. The staff at the clinic was very kind and welcoming. They had a few chores for us but the best part was my kids got to put on bee keeper suits and helped with feeding the bee hives, they had a blast and learned a lot. After talking with Enmanuel I learned all the amazing things the clinic does in the community and region. I hope to visit again soon!
Muchas gracias to Enmanuel, Alicia and all the staff!!
Shawn

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This clinic was the best internship experience I could have chosen. When I first heard of it and applied, I wasn't sure what to expect, or if I would be able to fit in with the team and clinic's work for 2 whole months. From the first day I arrived, the entire staff made me feel welcome and asked me lot of questions about my schooling and how I liked Nicaragua. From helping me with my Spanish, to explaining about the communities, I soon felt complety part of the team. The doctors and nurses are extremely skilled, and work with so much less resources than we have back home, that inevitably I learned so much, that I know I will remember forever. Apart from consultations, I got to experince a little of their other projects, such as Diabetes Club which takes place in surrounding villages, and a Nutrition/Food distribution program, which really highlights the impact this clinic has for the entire region. The coordinator Emmanuel and head doctor Dra Ruiz were constantly checking up on me to see if I needed anything or had any questions, and were also extremely accomodating with my academic and family needs. The experience of living and working in a new place can be challenging, but when you get to spend 8 weeks with amazing people, the time really flies by. I will miss the team so much and know I will be back for a future visit! Muchas gracias para todos, y hasta luego ;)

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The clinic was great and super nice. They allowed me to learn so much and really experience helping others.

2 Isabella T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This experience was amazing the staff and additional volunteers were amazing and very helpful! I was able to learn a lot from this clinic and see what a beautiful country Nicaragua is! The people within the community were extremely greatful for our help and we’re very friendly. Overall this experience is one that I will never forgot and would love to come again in the future!

1 Roger E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about a volunteering opportunity at the Roberto Clemente Health Clinic through a colleague who had previously volunteered there. Having just graduated medical school I had time to organize a one month trip to the clinic with a good friend of mine from school. Arranging the trip was quite easy and the staff was very welcoming and happy to have us. Our time at the clinic was divided between assisting the nursing staff with patient intake, sitting in with the doctors during consultations and helping the head of agricultural affairs in the Biogarden. The profound impact the clinic has on the patients and the surrounding community is inspiring. Not only do they provide clean water to the surroundings towns via their water treatment facility, they have also helped create approximately 32 smaller biogradens for family’s and individuals in the surrounding region allowing for a healthier lifestyle. I speak basic Spanish which was aided by the helpfulness of the staff. Many spoke English and could help translate when needed. Conversing with the patients and staff helped me further my Spanish development. On our down time from the clinic we enjoyed the beautiful country of Nicaragua. Visited nearby beaches, took surfing lessons and went hiking/horseback riding. Volunteering at the clinic was a tremendously rewarding experience, one I will not soon forget. I’ve made great friends here at the clinic and am looking forward to coming back down as soon as I can. I highly recommend volunteering here to anyone looking give back to a community.

1 Danny B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure to spend 4 weeks in Nicaragua working with the Roberto Clemente Clinic. A friend and I recently finished medical school and where looking for an opportunity to volunteer. For starters, you don’t have to be in a medical profession to volunteer. The clinic provides a number of services for the community including water treatment, classes on how to grow and manage a garden, and supply food and clothing to the surrounding communities. If you are worried about the language barrier being an issue, I can tell you that it does help if you speak some Spanish but it is not a necessity. I barely speak any myself but found that a number of the staff members spoke English and were willing to help translate whenever it was needed. Speaking of the staff, they were all incredibly friendly and loved having us around helping in anyway they needed. From a medical stand point, I was able to assist in checking in patients, taking vitals, giving injections, and sitting in on consults. On Wednesday’s we went out into the community for diabetic club, providing medication and counseling at the smaller clinics. We spent some time each week working in the garden and going out to check on some of the 32 gardens they have helped families set up at their homes. I would highly recommend this organization to anyone who is looking to volunteer their time and resources. Seeing what they are able to accomplish with what they have at their disposal is something I will carry with me for a long time. I will absolutely be back in the future to volunteer again.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I first heard of the Roberto Climente clinic from a coworker who had volunteered here the previous year. I was able to contact the clinic and set up my own 2 week volunteering experience. I am a registered nurse in Canada and my duties at the clinic included supporting the nurses at 3 different clinics (Roberto Climente, Asentamiento, and Las Salinas) assisting Dr.Ruiz with the diabetic clinic, distributing seeds to the community, assisting a group of dentists in their Restoration Smile Clinic and assisting with gardening. I know little Spanish but managed to do Ok and the staff at the Roberto Climente clinic assisted me when we had free time to practice my Spanish. I struggled at little bit at Asentamiento and Las Salinas to help the staff as they did not speak as much English as the staff at Roberto Climente clinic. The volunteer coordinator Enmanuel did his best to help us volunteers with whatever questions and concerns we had.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I've had the opportunity to work alongside the organization in the US and Nicaragua. Their team is great. I had the opportunity to visit their clinic in two occasions, and the staff and clinic are always friendly and professional. I have seen their community programs grow tremendously in the last few years which has led me to support their mission year after year.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I was first introduced to The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic in 2012, I was initially moved by the story of the organization's namesake. I was born in 1984 and grew into an admittedly fair weather fan of the Baltimore Orioles. I had known nothing about him.

Today, his legacy is carried out by a group of human beings from many parts of the world coming together to create a means for perfect strangers to live healthier, more enlightened lives.

But I've personally reaped the benefits of the company of people like Dr. Mosquera and his staff. My experience working with the clinic has been deeply inspiring and has instilled a new level of enlightenment in my own life. I've witnessed not just the willingness, but in fact the determination of Dr. Moquera to explore all opportunities and exhaust all possibilities within reach if it might improve just one life.

Of course his efforts and the efforts of this staff have reached well beyond the individuals. They have empowered a community of thousands with knowledge, hope and the human touch. To strangers, they have become trusted friends and a symbol of strength. They have given them the ability to take control of their own life and well being... an ability that previously many of them did not know existed.

1 Gigi G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic is a great, safe location for volunteers of all backgrounds and ages to gain quality experience either directly or indirectly helping patients, as well as the communities at large.

The clinic continually expands its role within the community as it adds and includes programs that cover more than typical clinic, triaging work. This unique clinic's vested interest in the surrounding communities could not be more evident. Their additional services and programs set the Roberto Clemente Health Clinic apart from other rural clinics. They run a rapidly growing pharmacy, a garden program that improves locals' nutrition (and thus prevents a myriad of illnesses), a potable water program which also provides preventative healthcare, and a program which sponsors children's health and education. Per the request of locals, they even added a diabetes (prevention) support group! They clinic strongly encourages professional development, and holds meetings regularly to educate their employees. On the other end, they engage in outreach work and horizontally integrate into their programs the opinions and requests of the populations they serve.

During the month I was with the clinic the employees quickly became my second family. The atmosphere is encouraging and good natured. In fact, my senior thesis at UC Berkeley was written on the impact this clinic has had on Limón 1 and 2, and other local towns.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following the work of the NICACLINIC for the last two years, and they work they do is amazing. They have a great staff and are dedicated to helping the people of Nicaragua.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been visiting Nicaragua for the last 3 years and this past August was my first trip to the clinic for Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye). The staff was very professional and knowledgeable. While the nurse did not speak English we were able to communicate effectively through non-verbal cues, and the Doctor spoke perfect English. The process was efficient as well as the most reasonably priced doctor's visit (including medication) I have had in possibly my lifetime. The onsite pharmacy next to the clinic made it easy to get what was recommended by the doctor immediately after my visit. I one stop shop! Anyone in the Tola region, either local or visitor should feel comfortable visiting the clinic for any of their medical needs and getting professional care and recommendations. The area is truly lucky to have such a professional and dedicated staff in their community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud of this team, and this community! Yes, I helped start the Clinic in 2003, and yes I am on the board, so some bias is expected. But I am based in the US, not in Nicaragua. It's our dedicated local medical and project mgt teams that have made this health and education team a reality. They are so genuine in wanting to make a difference to this impoverished community-by-the-sea. And more and more, they have involved members and leaders of Limon Community, and extended communities often hard to reach...as well as volunteers from all over, the Ministry of Health..and other non-profits in the region. More and more, our programs go beyond triage and primary care health services to educating about good health and living longer, about eating healthy, drinking clean water and other preventatives. This Clinic inspires me and I'm so grateful to be involved. Anyone is welcome to join me.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have had a great time volunteering at the Roberto Clemente clinic. The staff here were all very friendly and welcoming and eager to ensure we had a great experience while we were here. The volunteer coordinator, Ronnie, always did his best to ensure we all had something to do while we were here, whether it was wandering through the communities with local nurses giving out immunizations, working at the public health clinic, creating posters and presenting them to schools to help teach about nutrition and safe water. We also participated in helping with other volunteer organizations to organize products for malnutrition programs - bagging and boxing hundreds of pounds of beans and rice and formula products was strangely satisfying. There is also a wonderful garden initiative we got to help with - learning and teaching local people to create their own gardens for enhanced available nutrition.
Getting to know this group of people as well as the community was a great experience and I would recommend any international volunteers hopping on this opportunity!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Myself and 7 other regustered nurses from Canada came to the clinic to volunteer for two weeks. We were greated by Ronnie who guided us through our time spent at the clinic. Everyone was very welcoming and kind. The clinic itself is quite amazing. They do so much for their community with what little supplies and resources they have. They run multiple programs for the community such as nutrition and gardening which we were able to participate in. We were also able to get involved with the public health clinic in the region which was a great experience. I was most suprised by the public health clinic and how efficient and dedicated they are with vaccinations and maternal health, again, with what little supplies they have. All around I had a great learning experience and would do it again in a heart beat.