|The Siuna Foundation is a non profit organization
with the purpose of
bringing medical care, public health education and medical
Central America. The need is profound in these poor countries
recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Mitch.
To date we have accomplished much. We have driven five
bus loads of medical
and school supplies from Boston, MA to Central America--quite
adventures. We built a 45 bed maternity clinic in Siuna,
now is headquarters for an international community providing
to over 300 children a month, providing prenatal and
post partum care to
many women, and well baby clinics and family planning.
There is now a
pharmacy, examining rooms and offices. From an idea
came beautiful fruit.
The maternal and infant death rate has been cut drastically,
and most of
the patients walk many days from the mountains to get
to our clinic, the
only care in the area.
In April 2004 we put in a well at the clinic. Before
the well was
installed, women had to walk 3 miles to the river to
carry water on their
heads back to the clinic. Now the well is steps from
the clinic front door.
We also built two elementary schools in Siuna for over 100 students, each of whom gets a hot meal every day, with funding provided by the United Nations' FAO program. You can see
photos of these projects on the projects page.
We are now concentrating on bringing down medical teams
to help us in the
clinics we built or in surrounding villages. We love
the SVOSH groups and
you can see photos of one such project in El Salvador
on the medical teams
page. In the future we will be working with different
medical schools to
bring in teams of students from the United States. We
feel that exposure to
such poverty and need will make them better doctors.
Always they will
remember what they have experienced. If your school
would like to
participate, please contact us.
From an idea to serve our fellow man came a dream fulfilled.
There is still
so much to do, but it is wonderful to look back and
see all that we have
accomplished. We have other projects in El Salvador,
Honduras and Nicaragua
and will continue. Please look through the web site
for more information
and photos of our other projects. In our medical missions,
determined that about 70% of the patients in the general
not need our medicines if they had the basics of public
something we all take for granted here in the United
health care to a population, living in relative poverty,
needs to be more
than dispensing pills with no follow-through. There
also needs to be an
educational element, which will be a two-way street.
Together, we can learn
much from each other and create a healthy, empowered