Posibilidad News and Events
Update (July 2016)
Successful fund raiser held July 16
with the assistance of ICRME Denver
All funds directed to our General Fund
(Please see Activities page for details)
Thanks to ICRME (John Menchaca,
Savannah and Manny Sexton)
Update (June 2016):
Posibilidad also provides other services as needed. For example, Judeymi’s two year old son Christopher jumped into a trash fire pit in August 2015 and suffered 3rd degree (full thickness) burns to his foot. The public hospital in Chinandega provided terrible care – and Judeymi left there very discouraged after two days. And she was then fearful of seeking further care for her son, as he’d suffered burn care with no anesthesia and other insults.
With great difficulty, I convinced Judeymi to let Lidia drive them to the burn center in Managua, a 3 hour drive. This facility (APROQUEN) was founded by Vivian Pellas (a Cubana who is the wife of the richest man in Nicaragua) after they were amongst only a few survivors of a fiery plane crash (1989). Vivian suffered significant burns and Charles had orthopedic injuries from the crash. Lidia had to hand carry photos of Christopher’s foot burns to APROQUEN, and show them to the staff, because the local free hospital in Chinandega had refused to refer Christopher there for his care.
Christopher had a four day initial hospitalization, as his burns were infected, requiring IV antibiotics and anesthesia for burn debridement. Judeymi and Christopher have had to return to the clinic for skin grafting, follow up appointments and for other minor surgeries (twelve visits, so far). Luckily, most of the care at APROQUEN is free, though patients are sometimes required to buy their own medications).
But Christopher’s foot is doing well, and Judeymi has been inspired to become a nurse. She’s completed her GED (studying on weekends) and is now in Nurses Training @ UNAN Somotillo. It’s even inspired her husband Cesar, who’s completing his GED. But Lidia has had to drive Judeymi and Christopher to APROQUEN for each appointment, as public transportation from Chinandega would require 4 different buses and a taxi, and sometimes Lidia has had to stay overnight in Managua.
In some ways Posibilidad operates in loco parentis. This is because there are so many circumstances (some predictable, some not) that must be dealt with in order to enable the educational path (and the life course) of each of our sponsored students. Therefore our sponsorship process is comprehensive, and we strive to provide whatever is needed for each of our students.