Sweeping the floor, assisting with registration, replenishing cold drinks and snacks along with crowd control were some of the tasks I performed as a volunteer at the recent World Vet clinic that was held here in San Juan del Sur.
A total of six veterinarians participated in the program. Three from Nicaragua, two from the United States and one from England. There were fifteen volunteers in total.
Over the course of three clinic days – in two different communities – the team performed 119 sterilization surgeries. 344 consultations and preventative health treatments (including flea and tick application, vitamins and deworming) were also administered.
All at NO CHARGE to the pet owners.
As I helped with clinic tear down at the end of an exhausting day I felt a complete sense of satisfaction. What an honor it was to be a part of such a worthy cause while helping make a difference in my community.
Thanks to World Vets and their amazing team of volunteers these animals will live happier, healthier lives.
MUCHISIMAS GRACIAS to you all!
A couple of weeks before Christmas I reached out to friends, family and In Nica Now fans and followers for some help. I asked people to purchase gifts for the Barrio Planta Project Preschool. (To view my original post click here.)
Donations immediately started pouring in.
I was – and still am – blown away.
Thirty people donated a total of $912.
Yes, that’s right, $912!
We also received gift donations from an additional nine people.
With the money collected and gifts received we not only have enough coloring books, crayons, toys, games, puzzles and arts & craft supplies to sustain the preschool program for a year, we were also able to allocate $200 for supplies for some of the other programs at BPP.
Preschool classes were not in session when my sister, my Dad and I delivered everything to the school, but fortunately there were a few older students around who snuck out of class to help us unpack everything and share in our excitement.
The children had huge smiles on their faces as we unpacked two large suitcases.
They were wide eyed with excitement as they tried to make a decision on what to play with first. I kept hearing the words “Wow!” and “Mira! Mira!” [“Look! Look!”].
We colored for a bit, tried on a few of the costumes and we even had time for a tea party.
The girls really enjoyed the dolls and boys loved the plastic animals and dinky cars.
Thanks to the generosity of donors from Canada, the United States and Nicaragua Barrio Planta Project Preschool program can now operate like a typical North American preschool.
I look forward to visiting the preschool kids next week once classes resume on the 19th. And I can’t wait to play a game of Snakes & Ladders!
To learn more about Barrio Planta Project and how you can help make a difference in the life of a child in Nicaragua check out the official Barrio Planta Project website by clicking here.