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.

La Concepcion, Nicaragua Clinical Support

In 2012, Indiana University Department of Family Medicine faculty, residents and students began to participate in a clinical and cultural immersion program in Suchitoto, El Salvador. In 2016, this successful program was moved to La Concepcion de San Juan, Nicaragua. 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 Nicaraguan healthcare workers, learning the expertise necessary to work with underserved populations. In February, April and June, Indiana University delegates observe and serve in the Masaya Hospital, local clinics and in the countryside with the traveling medical teams.

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 Nicaraguan healthcare workers.
  3. Come and learn from these Nicaraguans about how to 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 2016, delegations from Indiana University and West Virginia University built a composting latrine at the school at Zacataloza, Nicaragua. This was the first of six communities receiving demonstration projects over the next five years. In May of 2017, the second composting latrine was built at the community center in Cacao, Nicaragua. These composting latrines will be used by school children and utilized to teach the advantages of composting latrines. Two new communities will receive a demonstration site in 2018.

With these demonstration sites established, CoCoDA and IPADE hope to build over sixty 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 construct a latrine at the home where you live.
  2. Raise the $1,500 required to build each composting latrine.
  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.