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Clinica Verde

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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

7 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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As Public health professional, I was move for the fantastic mission the Clínica have has during more than five years
I have been working in different settings from the public to the private sector, and nothing may reach the same quality delivered at Clínica Verde. The Clinica Verde Model only may be found there. Each person of the team has a real commitment to service, and compassionate in everything they do in the daily activities. I am very lucky of knowing such as talented team and the philosophy of service they provide. It is amazing to find a non-profit organization with a huge commitment of duty with high quality on everything they do.

1 Rebecca205

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Last year my fiance and I traveled to Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries in Central America (second to Haiti). The poverty in Nicaragua has created extremely poor health conditions, country-wide youth malnourishment and a plethora of unsupported young mothers trying to raise a new generation of healthy children.

This spring, I am honored to join the Clinica Verde team, and engage in this sacred outreach work for this amazing organization that is close to my heart. Conceived and developed by an incredible American women, Susan Dix Lyons, Clinica Verde has developed a new, sustainable model of global healthcare in rural Nicaraua. We provide high quality, dignified healthcare to adults, children, and adolescents. The model that Clinica Verde​ has developed approaches the health and wellbeing of their patients holistically, incorporating a combination of clinical care, health + nutritional education, and support in establishing supportive community networks.

This organization is one to support and to watch. A prototype clinic was established in Boaco, Nicaragua nearly five years ago, and outcomes have been tracked carefully in collaboration with researchers at institutions such as Stanford University​. The success that their first clinic has had is leading to larger-scaled visions on expanding this model across the country.

If you're looking to make a difference in this world, and in connecting and sharing our world resources, knowledge and potential to the regions of our globe that need it most, I could not recommend an organization more highly.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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+