When a church’s high school group went on a trip to Nicaragua in the 1990s, they were “shocked” by the poverty they witnessed. To help, they began selling off their personal belongings, including literally, the clothes off their backs. The trips were the genesis of what would become the ORPHANetwork. For Global Activism, we’ll talk with executive director, Dick Anderson and Travis Simone, one of those original high-schoolers whose life was changed in Nicaragua.
La Isla Foundation was formed in 2008 after filmmaker Jason Glaser met Juan Salgado, a community organizer from Candelaria, Nicaragua. Jason was in Nicaragua making a film about banana workers when Juan informed him of an epidemic of kidney disease that was ravaging agricultural laborers working on a local sugar-cane plantation. Juan, a former plantation worker, was fired when he showed signs of kidney disease. He introduced Jason to the people of La Isla and Candelaria. Jason watched as, one by one, friends died from kidney failure. He then started La Isla Foundation. Glaser joins us to give us an update.
We discuss the political shift of Europe to the right. A female baseball player from an unlikely country makes history. And, an update on Nicaraguan laborers suffering from kidney disease from La Isla Foundation.
Global Activist group, Spark Ventures, has developed what it calls an “innovative model of business driven philanthropy to bring sustainable solutions to children living in poverty.” Now, the organization has teamed up with another non-profit, Allowance for Good (AfG). We'll ask the the two groups about their recent service learning trip to Spark's social impact partner in Nicaragua. The trip included Chicagoland youth.
Manos Unidas provides access to sign language education and learning resources to the deaf community in Nicaragua. Dr. Marie Coppola, founder and co-chair of Manos Unidas, updates us on what’s new with her organization.
Jason Glaser runs La Isla Foundation. It supports workers in Nicaragua’s sugar cane industry who suffer from epidemic levels of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Protestors in Nicaragua trying to draw attention were beaten and arrested by secuity forces. After giving support to a new study on the high occurrence of kidney disease in sugar cane workers, some Nicaraguan government officials and sugar cane industry supporters implied Glaser was a drug runner and a CIA operative.
Affectionately known as "Mama Licha," Alicia Huete Diaz has a clinic in Esteli, Nicaragua that's trained 3,000 midwives to date and has raised the quality of reproductive healthcare in the entire highlands region.Mama Licha is joined by her passionate supporters, Angie Rodgers and Jean Paschen, to d