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Causes: Community Health Systems, Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment, Family Planning, Health, International, International Relief, Reproductive Rights

Mission: Clinica Verde is a new model of care for families in need.

Results: Since opening our doors in 2012, we've served over 75,000 patients. We continue to serve ~1,200 patients per month, providing clinical care as well as health and nutrition education for our cherished communities.

Target demographics: Women and children living in poverty.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 14,000 women, teens, children and elderly patients

Geographic areas served: Nicaragua

Programs: prenatal and postnatal care, health and nutrition care, growth and development consults, optometry serves, and teen sexual reproductive health

Community Stories

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When I was first approached to join the Board of Directors of Clinica Verde I did the proper due diligence, visited their website, read all the background materials, met some of the other board members and came away impressed, excited and challenged. When I actually visited the Clinica, I saw not only the facility itself, but the surrounding community it serves. Seeing all this first-hand, it surpassed my first -already high- impressions and expectations.This is only the beginning and I am thrilled and humbled to be in a position to help see this model not replicated but enhanced and extended.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I just returned from my third visit to Nicaragua where I was able to tour, for a second time, the facilities at Clinica Verde in Boaco. Walking through the clinic, I was reminded of the non-profit's early promise to create a new model of healthcare in which patient experience is central. Indeed, this is what has been accomplished. Examination rooms feel less like "patient quarters" and more like well-lighted personal spaces, full of fresh air and sunlight that are clean without feeling antiseptic. It's easy to see how the clinic is able to draw thousands of first-time patients to its facilities for pre-natal care and wellness check-ups on an annual basis. Our First World healthcare system would be well served to consider the approach to patient care and patient experience being modeled by Clinica Verde in struggling Nicaragua. This is feel-good healthcare at its best by any economic measure.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Clinica Verde is an incredible clinic and non profit dedicated to improving the lives of everyone who walks through it's doors. Every person on the CV team functions with a heart for service and this is apparent in their patient care, outreach projects and initiatives. It truly is the only clinic in Boaco that offers prevention and a holistic environment. It is a world class operation serving those who too often have access to the world's least and last.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Clinica Verde is an organization that is truly dedicated to the mission of serving and bettering the lives of many. The success of the various projects it takes up and the growth it has seen since its inception could be viewed as a shocking thing. However, things such as solar panels, a biointensive garden, and quality health care for those who need it the most have always been part of what makes Clinica Verde so special. It is unique in its ability as an organization to challenge itself to do those things that push the boundaries of what might be normal or expected, and in this way is truly a mighty force for good.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never found it difficult to speak to the amazing work that Clinica Verde does or to the passion of those involved in the organization. This belief, care, and dedication is beyond evident in every aspect of all that they do. When I went down and visited the clinic for the first time this past spring, I was astonished not because it was everything that I knew it to be from the videos, stories, and data, but because it was all of that and much, much more. There is no doubt that Clinica Verde is a new, innovative model, but for more than just health care. It is an ideal that can transcend into government, agriculture, business, and all social services, where success and sustainability is inextricably connected to the well being of the people it supports. I was overwhelmed by hope when I first walked through the clinic doors. I can only imagine what will be achieved by this amazing non-profit in the coming years, and I am so excited to continue my involvement with Clinica Verde as it continues to be "a mighty force for good."

2 Hellencita D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Clínica verde no es una clínica más, es además una puerta de información a los adolescentes enfocados y preocupados por la juventud. Mi experiencia ha sido maravilloso y mis conocimientos sean enriquecido gracias a este centro que me ha dado esta gran oportunidad he conocido a muchos jóvenes con el cual hemos compartido experiencia y hemos atraído a otros a que se integren.

1 Elias V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soy un joven de 21 años de edad, estudiante universitario. En el año 2014 Clínica Verde visito la universidad donde estudio y presento un proyecto de un club de consejería instalado en la clínica, me llamo mucho la atención inmediatamente visite la clínica donde su recibimiento fue esplendido, me encanto y desde ese momento me sentí parte de la familia de clínica verde por su interés de ayudar a muchos jóvenes, desde ese tiempo me he venido retroalimentado de temas de mucha relevancia e interés juvenil, y en lo personal me ha ayudado mucho porque es un espacio que compartimos nuestras experiencias como jóvenes y nos ayudamos mutuamente, además ese espacio nos ofrece una tutora que nos brinda sus amistad y apoyo incondicional, sin duda alguna es un lugar acogedor donde los jóvenes somos los verdaderos protagonista, y lo más interesante de este proyecto es que engloba a muchas personas como la familia y nuestros amigos ya que con nuestros conocimiento podemos ayudar con un consejo oportuno a la gente que nos rodea, es una experiencia única y es una oportunidad que nos brinda Clínica Verde a toda la juventud de Boaco.

1 Sally51

Donor

Rating: 5

When I met Susan Dix Lyon, Clinica Verde was a dream. In such a short time, it has become an extremely successful clinic serving 1200 women and children each month. Now the same team is reaching out to teenagers to teach them about health, about birth control, about foods. The outstanding Board of Clinica Verde has set goals and reached them and continues to guide with expanded vision. The results are seen in the dedicated doctors, nurses and team who provide clinical care as well as health and nutician eduacation every day of the year with families who previously had no where to go for aid. Every email that comes tells of more successes for these people who live in or near rural Boaco in northern Nicaragua. It is an honor to have helped support them monthly from the very beginning.

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Donor

Rating: 5



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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

clínica verde, es un nuevo modelo de atención a las personas mas vulnerables de nuestra comunidad, mujeres embarazadas, jóvenes, niñ@s, en Boaco, Nicaragua, promoviendo hábitos saludables en armonía con el medio ambiente, no es solo atención clínica es solidaridad con los pacientes y sus necesidades.

1 Alba C.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Clínica Verde is definitely a new model of health care, in this beautiful clinic's patient care is our top priority, which is based on quality standards and with great warmth, we serve needy families in Boaco, Nicaragua, but not only we cure the disease, but also we do health education in prevalent diseases, sanitary habits, healthy food, organic farming, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, among others. Our priority is women and children and for them we care including specialized curative and preventive activities, are also very important teenagers, so we set up a counseling center on sexual and reproductive health for adolescents in order to support the reduction teen pregnancy that is very high in the region. Our patients are very pleased with the curative and preventive care they receive here and I am very proud to belong to the great Family Clínica Verde.

1 Danar N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Clinica Verde es un lugar único, extraordinario que da vida al sueño de muchos y respuesta a una población necesidad y vulnerable en temas de salud. Para mi Clínica Verde es la mejor experiencia de trabajo comunitario porque es un lugar lleno de amor y compasión para quienes buscan salud no solo física sino espiritual, por que promueve la atención afectiva al paciente y promueve la prevención de enfermedades educando a la población.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a chaperone for the HIGHER (Helping in Global Health, Education and Reform) program through Clinica Verde, I traveled to Nicaragua and worked alongside high school students who gained first hand exposure to the medical needs of the rural town of Boaco. The staff at Clinica Verde welcomed us with open arms into the clinic. The students shadowed the doctors, pharmacist, nursing staff and learned about the youth program that focuses on adolescent health with the effort to minimize the rate of teen pregnancies. Learning about the various illnesses faced within the population, the students gave health presentations on critical topics such as food hygiene, vector borne diseases and nutrition.
The experience allowed them to not only practice their Spanish but also actively engage with community members. The 10 days spent in Nicaragua were very rewarding, not only learning about health issues but also learning about the culture and the Spanish language. Clinca Verde is a clinic that not only provides medical care but also strives to engage and meet the needs of the community. It's welcoming environment strives to emphasize that the clinic is not just a place to come when you are sick, but also a center for the community that promotes a healthy and thriving life for everyone. This trip is an amazing way for students to gain global health exposure at such a young age with a desire and interest to pursue a career in the medical field.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Clinica Verde gave me the opportunity to see a rural part of the world, as it really is today. I spent 10 days in Nicaragua with a group of students on a HIGHER (Helping in Global Health, Education and Reform) trip where most of us got to see first hand, the struggles of a developing country and the difference made by something as vital as quality healthcare. Clinica Verde itself, is unlike any other organization of its kind, in that it is so multifaceted. At the clinic, we learned about the garden and sustainability project on site, and had the chance to help prepare meals for the staff and ourselves that were fresh from their own gardens. We got to shadow doctors and nurses as they treated a vast multitude of ailments. We also had the chance to teach patients about hygiene, healthy dieting and preventative healthcare. We saw other staff members preparing entire lesson plans for local youth groups to teach them about everything from healthy lifestyle habits and sex education, to the importance of nutrition and hygiene in their daily lives. The best part about the entire experience is even though you are learning so much about a developing country, and the systems in place to improve circumstances for everyone there, you also learn so much about yourself as you begin to see just how far one person's will power can really go. Clinica Verde is addressing some of the most basic and rudimentary issues faced by the Nicaraguan people. It is through organizations like these, that developing countries are taught how to and given the tools to become fully sustainable nations. Great cause, and great team.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always have had a passion for non-profit work and am so proud to be a part of the Clinica Verde team. I met founder, Susan Dix Lyons, through my college and thought that this would be a great opportunity for me to be involved in something greater, more meaningful. The past year I have worked with Clinica Verde, I realized that in comparison to many other non-profits that I worked for in the past, Clinica Verde is in constant pursuit to better themselves as an organization so that they can provide the best care. From planning multiple fundraisers throughout the year, to listening to talks from philanthropic leaders, and to researching different ways to engage supporters, everything is done in order to be the best help there is for their many patients. Clinica Verde is proactive in finding ways to be the best model of health-care for the Nicaraguan people.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

As an American-Nicaraguan citizen I am very proud to be involved with such a great organization as Clinica Verde is, The great team that Clinica Verde has in our board of directors is hard working, very pro active, creative and strives for excellence, and the team that we have at clinica Verde in Nicaragua is very helpful and attentive to the needs of our patients and eager to work for the good of the people Boaco, the projects that Clinica Verde manages are focused on needs for services not served previously in this part of Nicaragua, nutrition, organic agriculture, teen pregnancy prevention, Cryotherapy, colposcopies and others, I have experience working with other NGOs in the health area in Nicaragua and I can say with property that Clinica Verde works very efficient and with high level of dedication to their patients and projects.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Clinica Verde has filled a great void in the health services in a rural area of extreme poverty in Boaco with a quality medical services, and very efficient and compassionate providers. the impact that Clinica Verde has had on the communiries is serving is invaluable, the area it serves went from having a very limited or almost a non existing maternal - infant care presence to having a center of excellence in the maternal - infant care services.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had a chance to both intern and fundraise for this organization via meeting Susan Dix Lyons, the founder of Clinica Verde, at my college. All I have to say is that it's a well-run non-profit supported by staff and donors with great passion for what they do. From looking at the projects conducted by Clinica Verde, it's clear that there is a lot of drive to really improve healthcare for the Nicaraguan people that flock to the clinic - something that's demonstrated from the long list of projects for the clinic shown on the website to the fundraisers, such as the Napa Valley Off-Road Triathlon, hosted state-side to raise money to support said projects. All in all, I'm proud to support Clinica Verde and it's goal to better the health of the Nicaraguan people.

Daniel70

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

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

1 Rafael2

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.