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Power of a Nickel


It is astounding what a NICKEL can do for children and adults in developing countries. 1 nickel can buy enough food to feed 10 children porridge, give 5 students pineapple for lunch, provide milk for 4 children per day, 4 nickels can provide soap for a child for a week, 8 nickels can provide a de-worming medicine that will last for 6 months , 10 nickels can ensure a child has a multi-vitamin every day for a month, 12 nickels can mean life or death from malaria by being able to have medications to treat the disease, 14 nickels can purchase a book that will help develop reading skills at the same time teaching preventative healthcare to students, 17 nickels can provide antibiotics to cure pneumonia in an elderly grandfather, 40 nickels can provide a rapid HIV test whose results can make quick treatment more effective. Power of a Nickel is a 501-3c non-profit. Typically we are evaluating and treating patients, making referrals to local health facilities if necessary, serving as educational resources, immersing ourselves in the local culture, encouraging local volunteers and more. Teams are made up of licensed physicians, medical students, and other healthcare providers, and helpers. We can always find opportunities to put your skills to beneficial work!

The goals of medical outreach groups to Chacraseca are to:

  • Continue to build relationships with the villages comprising Chacraseca
  • Fulfill requests by the community leadership for specific needs for individuals identified
  • Provide competent, appropriate medical care to an extremely underserved population
  • Facilitate educational opportunities for the sectors of the community as requested by the community leadership team
  • Partner with local physicians and dentist to better understand the needs and culturally appropriate care of this population and to serve as educational resources to the Nicaraguan physicians/dentists
  • Request referrals for other services provided by the Nicaraguan medical system
  • Supply much needed medications and supplies for the community healthcare team that remain from our week long outreach teams
  • Offer safe learning environment for medical students, other healthcare personnel, and ancillary team members
  • Allow learning experiences for medical students and other healthcare students
  • Give intensive training of students in the art of medicine - without the use of lab, x-rays, and other technology. Students are encouraged to use their mind and hands to evaluate and treat patients
  • Furnish opportunities to learn about a different culture and global issues encountered

About the organization