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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

32 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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the past few years, I have been able to work as an Intern with Clinica Verde. My roles as an intern varied greatly from time to time but I always felt that what I was doing made an impact. I was able to see first-hand the clinic in action as I travelled to Boaco, Nicaragua with the non-profit four times. Seeing the great impact this organization had on the lives of Nicaraguans was amazing. This clinic provides the impoverished residents of Boaco with clinical care, health education, and nutrition. The leaders of this non-profit are extremely passionate and dedicated to improving the wellbeing of local Nicaraguans. I am so lucky to be able to say I had the opportunity to work with Clinica Verde and I am proud of the work the staff has done to create a strong, far-reaching non-profit organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Clinica Verde is an amazing place. Not only are the facilities well kept but their staff is warm and welcoming to everyone that walks through its doors. This is truly what impressed me because I believe it is very important for patients to feel immediately like they will be well taken care of; and being greeted with a smile certainly sets everyone up for success. I truly hope another Clinica Verde pops up in Nicaragua soon so that others may benefit from the great work that they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Clinica Verde truly impressed me when I visited about a month ago and my hope is that this same model can be replicated in other Nicaraguan towns. Being from Nicaragua and looking to get involved with a healthcare related organization, CV has exceeded my expectations.

Not only are the facilities impeccable, the ladies and gentlemen that I encountered all had smiles in their faces. They seemed genuinely happy to be there; and that is probably such a breath of fresh air to patients as they walk through the door.

Nicaragua needs more places like CV where people can be treated in a clean facility with kindness and respect. I particularly loved their garden and meeting the gentleman who oversees it; you can tell he is really proud of the work he has done. As was everyone else.

I look forward to helping CV and bringing awareness to their amazing work here in Nicaragua.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Clínica Verde for around 5 months as an intern, and I've been incredibly impressed by the caring, passion, and drive of everyone that I have worked with. My position has allowed me to see the inner workings of the organization, and I'm proud to be involved with a nonprofit that does such important work for the health of families and young people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What separates Clinica Verde from other nonprofits is its holistic approach to wellness, care and education. Clinica Verde does not just provide quality service to individuals in need, but it also provides long-lasting relationships and opportunities for young individuals to jumpstart their educational goals. I personally have been touched by the mission that this nonprofit has to offer to their community. Its not every day that individuals are offered healthcare, an education and friends. Clinica Verde is the ideal nonprofit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our experience at Clinica Verde was moving, wonderful, emotional, and eye opening. We are truly blessed to have had the opportunity to experience the love, kindness, caring, and selflessness of everybody involved. This was our first trip and we were not sure what to expect. Clinica Verde exhibits something so special in such a deprived area. It demonstrates a sophisticated operation in a poor country with great need. Everybody involved was very proud to be a part of the facility. We departed with passion to return and great desire to be a part of Clinica Verde in the future. We are so humble. Clinic Verde has made quite an impact on our lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are a wonderful organization! I learned a great deal about medicine in developing countries. The staff was incredibly thoughtful and organized; they were helpful with the volunteers and incredibly compassionate with the patients. The garden is an impressive endeavor as well! It seemed to bring a lot of people from the community together.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently toured Clinica Verde for the first time and it is a truly a new model of healthcare in which patient experience comes first. The facilities are impecable and the staff is very friendly. Clinica Verde has created a sense of belonging for those in the community and has met their health care needs improving their lives. It is a truly an inspiring non-profit organization that is also educating the future generations on health care and sexual education.

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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was given the opportunity to volunteer for Clinica Verde when it was still just an idea. Over the past few years, I have been able to watch the idea grow and become a reality. Last summer, I traveled to Nicaragua and worked in the Clinic. Clean, beautiful, and everhelpful to its patients, Clinica Verde is--unfortunately--a rarity for Nicaraguans. I felt that my presence was appreciated and hope to return in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having spent 30+ years in non-profit leadership and development I have had the good fortune to experience many wonderful organizations. I can say without hesitation that Clinica Verde is one of the finest- in every respect. The leadership is second to none, the concept and mission are executed flawlessly and with great impact, the financial management is rigorous, frugal and highly effective, and the strategic and long-term vision are, in my opinion, spot-on. I am honored to be volunteering with these outstanding people to further the mission of this wonderful organization. I highly recommend Clinica Verde as a sound, high-impact investment for your philanthropic dollars.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Clinica Verde is a model organization, both as a novel approach to health care delivery as well as a client to work with. I worked with Clinica Verde as a member of a group of MBA students, consulting with Clinica Verde on a number of strategic decisions towards the goal of financial self-sustainability. Susan was incredibly excited, supportive, and responsive from the very first call and email I had with her back when we were looking for partner clients and organizations prior to beginning any project work with her and her team. That excitement and passion, not just for the work of the clinic but even for our team's involvement and the project we took on, only grew with every conversation we had with Susan or other members of the organization. During the time my team and I spent on the ground in Nicaragua and at the clinic, their dedication to their work and to helping us support and improve their work was tangibly evident. Moreover, the opportunity to interact with and experience first-hand the work of the clinic and the population they served was extremely rewarding both professionally and personally. From our conversations with clinic patients, staff, and the local community, it was clear that everyone was tremendously impressed and incredibly grateful for the work and impact Clinica Verde was doing and had already made in their first year of operations. In fact, the experience of working with Clinica Verde was so personally gratifying that I have not only pursued other global health opportunities as a career, but have stayed on to serve as an Advisor and continue my involvement with Susan and her team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked on a team of MBA students that consulted for and worked with Clinica Verde on a number of important strategic decisions to put the organization on the right track financially. From the first call we had with Susan and the others, I knew this organization was special. You could hear the passion in their voices. As the months went on, the frequent conversations became more and more fruitful. The team and I had the fortunate opportunity to travel to Nicaragua to see the clinic and town with our own eyes, and that was a really special experience for me, not only professionally, but personally too. The project served as a great capstone experience to my time in business school. When the project came to an end, I didn't see myself walking away from Clinica for good, so I agreed to serve as an Advisor and am extremely happy to continue my involvement.