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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

By Bonnie Black
A Team has had their work cut out for them! Roger Patnode, Joy Cayea, Bill Calmbacher, Jimmy Dumont and Bonnie Black have been on the ground in Nicaragua since Friday afternoon getting Nicasa set up for the others who are to arrive later this afternoon.

All materials for the home shelter projects have been arriving over the past 2 days, so we are ready to build the 10 dwellings beginning on Wednesday morning. About 1200 pounds of rice and beans for distribution are sitting in the kitchen waiting to be packed and given away among the hungry of this area over the next week.

A Team has had their work cut out for them! Roger Patnode, Joy Cayea, Bill Calmbacher, Jimmy Dumont and Bonnie Black have been on the ground in Nicaragua since Friday afternoon getting Nicasa set up for the others who are to arrive later this afternoon.

All materials for the home shelter projects have been arriving over the past 2 days, so we are ready to build the 10 dwellings beginning on Wednesday morning. About 1200 pounds of rice and beans for distribution are sitting in the kitchen waiting to be packed and given away among the hungry of this area over the next week.

A meeting with representatives from MANNA was held the other night in preparation for the visit we will be making on Wednesday to do followup work to our August lead testing in the clinic at La Chureca.

And among all of this, setting up Nicasa in preparation for the “full house” arriving later today has absorbed most of the past few days including the repair of one of the sinks which fell off of the wall on our first day here!

Yesterday, we heard a commotion including the marching band from the school approaching from the main road. The Mayor of Managua, Senor Alcalde, had arrived to dedicate the road in front of the school. We had been astonished at the phenomenal condition of the road when we arrived as it was not only all paved, with curbing, but now has a yellow line down the middle and two speed bumps on either side of the entrance to Colegio Nino Jesus de Praga.

Meanwhile, the majority of the day was spent bringing close to 500 boxes from Caritas to Nicasa which had arrived on a container in mid-January. Sorting into destination locations was imperative as 90 more boxes arrive with the large group later this afternoon.

In the mid-afternoon, Roger Patnode met with a parasitologist from the medical school in Managua to discuss treatment regimens in both countries. She and her med students are willing to look at a future project with our Children Feeding Children students and nutrition program on a regular basis. Something our medical team back home will be very interested to hear!

Around 4pm yesterday, Bill Calmbacher met with half of the 22 women who have been trained by the Nicaraguan Red Cross to be First Aid/CPR responders in the community. Oscar Flores, Jr. translated with the excitement of the women very evident. They thoroughly are enjoying their new roles and have decided to work in 5 teams serving the entire barrio of Chiquilistagua. They are seeking more training in taking blood pressure as well as testing blood sugar levels in the people they see. Mostly, it is children with the typical abrasions and cuts as well as the elderly with blood pressure, kidney and diabetic issues. They applauded Bill and the Mission for allowing them to develop this skill level in taking care of their own. Two of the 22 are students at the school – perhaps a future career?

This afternoon, Roger will be meeting with our doctor, Dr. Lopez who staffs the Nino clinic Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, Nejapa on Fridays and Mateare on Monday afternoons.

With the help of the four travelers from Florida, the First Aid kits were sorted this morning as well as gift bags for the teachers at both Nino and Nejapa.

It is my hope to send a note each day so everyone at home can keep up with us – although sometimes it seems we are moving at lightning speed to get it all done before we leave!

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