One of the greatest evenings in the life of Clinica Verde for our Board of Directors took place Jan. 19 at Restaurante Casa de Dona Haydee in Managua, Nicaragua. The restaurant is owned by two important Nicaraguan businesswomen, Alicia and Irene Espinosa, who – along with Alicia’s husband Ernesto Robleto and Clinica Verde Board member Cristiana Chamorro – planned a dinner and reception in support of Clinica Verde for Nicaraguans who were born in Boaco but have moved on to careers in the capital city. It was an opportunity for native Boquenos to support the work Clinica Verde is doing to serve the impoverished in their community.
We were overwhelmed by their commitment and generosity. After a presentation and update on our project, local businessman Juan Tijerino spoke up and pledged $5,000US on behalf of him and his wife Piedad. Said Sr. Tijerino: “We make this donation as an expression of solidarity to give the message to Clinica Verde that the people of Boaco are very grateful for this humanitarian project.”
Equally exciting is that the group who attended the event have started a Comite de Amigos de Clinica Verde to ensure continued support of the community. Doctors from Boaco who reside in Managua offered to volunteer at the clinic, architect Nelson Brown offered to visit the clinic to address issues with the building and landscaping, and others stepped forward to say: “This clinic will succeed.”
Mil gracias to our Amigos. Clinica Verde belongs to their community, and we are so grateful to have the Boqueno leadership continue to guide and support us.