BENEFITING: CORNER OF LOVE MINISTRIES
EVENT DATE: Feb 16, 2014
Last year, during February, I spent one of the greatest weeks of my life serving communities in San Rámon, Nicaragua. We were a missionary group of about 70 people coming together through a local non-profit organization called Corner of Love that dedicates their services to the less fortunate. Corner of Love focuses on providing medical and dental services, along with clothes, shoes and medication. Although both of the founders of the organization, Tanya and Nelson Amador, have two main offices in Maple Valley and children that live in the community, they spend over 70% of each year coordinating and hosting missionary groups.
During my trip, my team (Equipo de Rojo) and I visited four villages throughout the week. However our group of 70, which was split into 5 teams, served approximately 20 villages and cared for over 200 patients everyday. Each team was responsible to provide medical care, prescribe medication and gift donated clothes and shoes. Although I was only 16 years old at the time and was not a doctor, nurse or dentist, I was able to provide services that these people so desperately needed. It’s crazy to reminisce on last year and know the impact I had on the villages I served. I am very proud and humbled to be apart of a program that is supporting those who are in need.
Although we were able to provide services to people that were ill or hurt, we had a difficult challenge of sustaining the medication we had to last us an entire week. We unfortunately ran out of children and adult vitamins at the first village we visited, “Pueblo Viejo”. Although WE see vitamins as a supplement to our health and wellness in the community WE live in, the impact that vitamins have on these impoverished communities is crucial. In Nicaragua, any patient that is served, as well as their entire family household, are prescribed Mabendazole (adult) or Albendazole (children under the age of 2). Mabendazole and Albendazole are medications to prevent parasites which are in action for 6-9 months. However without the consumption of vitamins the medications effects upon parasites only last for 3-4 months. Most of the patients we served lacked nutritional food and without vitamins in their bodies, they have a difficult time absorbing the parasite medication.
As an empowered young student, my senior project has been dedicated to gathering vitamins for patients of Corner of Love Nicaraguan Missionaries. I am asking for donations of any type or brand of children and adult vitamins that will impact the lives of Nicaraguan patients. My goal for my senior project is to collect $500 worth of children’s vitamins, as well as any money donations. I am more than willing to meet you and collect your donations; however my house will be a local drop off location. I will be collecting donations and vitamins up until February 16th, 2014.