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.
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.
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.
After visiting Clinica Verde and meeting the people involved with it's implementation, I am extremely impressed with how even though Clinica Verde is a new concept in medical outreach in developing countries, the Nicaraguan culture of ages is not forgotten. Everyone is welcomed and made to feel deserving of the care and service provided to them. The passion of Susan and the board is unparalleled. Keep up the good work!!
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
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.
I'm uncertain the manner in which I came to know Clinca Verde and the incredible work they do, I only know I'm profoundly touched by every update they produce and the incredible work they do. We're fortunate at Cellar Angels to have them as a charity partner for I can think of know greater service than to provide care to another--and Clinica Verde accomplishes this in very difficult conditions. Because of their tireless efforts, women in an impoverished country are receive healthcare for the first time. Items we take for granted--a band aide, gauze bandage, physical exam and routine tests are all being administered to women for the first time. The gift of health is the most precious of all and Clinica Verde is providing it.
I encourage anyone to assist, donate or even volunteer in any capacity, the rewards will change your life.
Martin A. Cody
Cellar Angels, LLC