La Mora Clinic

The La Mora clinic has long been an example of a local controlled clinic offering accessible, quality healthcare to the working poor. In 2014, La Mora clinic served nearly 12,000 people. CoCoDA works with partners like Resurrection Catholic Parish in Canton, MI to provide financial support to the clinic in the form of salaries, medications and equipment. La Mora is also one of the clinical sites for students and faculty from the Indiana University Department of Family Medicine.

In collaboration with Indiana University, we began construction of a Dental Clinic at La Mora. This will involve constructing two additional rooms and providing dental equipment. Once complete, dental students from El Salvador will intern at the Clinic.

Delegations are invited to participate in this project in the following ways...

  1. Live in La Mora and help construct the Dental Clinic.
  2. Raise money for medications for the clinic.
  3. Help equip the Dental Clinic upon its completion.
  4. Organize a medical brigade to address a specific medical issue like cleft pallets or diabetes.

Patients wait on the patio of the La Mora Clinic.

Suchtito, El Salvador Clinical Support

Since 2012, Indiana University Department of Family Medicine faculty, residents and students have participated in a clinical and cultural immersion program in Suchitoto, El Salvador. This program offers US healthcare providers the opportunity to develop cross cultural competency and language training.

In return, these students, faculty and residents work beside Salvadoran healthcare workers, learning the expertise necessary to work with underserved populations. In February, June and September, Indiana University delegates observe and serve in the Suchitoto Hospital, local clinics and with local midwives.

In gratitude for these educational opportunities, IU provides needed medication, equipment and continuing education for local healthcare providers.

Delegations are invited to participate in this project in the following ways...

  1. Raise money for additional medications and equipment.
  2. Provide continuing education experiences for Salvadoran healthcare workers.
  3. Come and learn from these Salvadorans about how they creatively overcome the challenges that plague healthcare in developing nations.

IU Medical Students lead a training on dental hygiene.

Nicaragua Composting Latrine Project

In March of 2018, delegations from Indiana University and West Virginia University completed the final two composting latrine demonstration sites in our six site initiative. We now have six demonstration composting latrines in four communities - Zacataloza, Cacao, La Sabanita, and Aguas Calientes. These composting latrines are being used by school children as well as community members and utilized to teach the advantages of composting latrines.

In December of 2018, staff will evaluate the training regimen, maintenance and effectiveness of these sites. With these demonstration sites established, CoCoDA and IPADE hope to build over sixty inexpensive composting latrines at community homes over the next five years. These latrines will greatly improve public health, conserve water and protect water quality. We hope this project becomes a model for Central America.

Delegations are invited to participate in this project in the following ways...

  1. Live in a community and help families construct a composting latrine.
  2. Raise the funds required to build each composting latrine. We estimate these home based latrines will cost about $500 each.
  3. Help lead public health workshops with children and adults.

Volunteers from West Virginia University helping construct the first composting latrine in Zacataloza, Nicaragua in March of 2016.