Nicaraguan School Project
Healing the Children Wisconsin made it possible for former patient, David from Nicaragua, to make a positive difference in his community. As a teenager, David came to Milwaukee in 2000 for treatment of bi-lateral club feet. He was abandoned by his parents at a young age and left with distant relatives. As a result of this event, David learned to be fiercely independent early on in his life. After discovering that a medical team from Madison, Wisconsin was coming to Nicaragua, the fifteen year old traveled from his hometown to Rivas: a 250 mile journey he courageously made alone to seek medical treatment. Due to the long term treatment required, orthopedic surgeons referred him to Healing the Children Wisconsin. It didn't take long for David to make his way into the hearts of his foster parents, Joe and Sara Roman. He stayed with the Romans for 14 months during treatment before returning to Nicaragua. They have a close-knit relationship to this day.
David’s hometown, the village of Teote, is a rural, impoverished community that lacked institutional support for education, as well as the means to provide the necessary infrastructure and educational materials. Recently, though, David led the charge in his community to obtain a parcel of land from village officials with the dream of building an elementary school. After he secured the land, David asked Healing the Children to help him fulfill this dream.
Healing the Children Wisconsin raised the necessary funds and construction started in the fall of 2014. David was on-site every day to oversee the creation of the three room elementary school, which now serves 80 children. The school opened on February 15, 2015 with a community celebration - students reported to their classes the next day.
Read More in the 2014 Annual Report
This is just one of the many stories featured in our 2014 Annual Report, where you’ll find stories of hope and healing from all of our chapters as well as updates and information about our organization, our programs, and the impacts and progress we have made.
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