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JustHope’s programs utilize public health approaches to promote health, safety and well-being in our partner communities. What does that mean, exactly? The CDC defines public health as aiming to provide the maximum benefit to the largest number of people.

This means, we prioritize overall health of the community and focus on preventing disease and injury through community action and social change. JustHope increases interaction between community members and medical professionals by facilitating medical brigades and strengthens local health systems by ensuring access to medications and care facilities.

Because healthy and safe living environments are critical to community-wide health, JustHope and partners build houses, latrines, and green stoves in our partner communities. JustHope also prioritizes appropriate water, sanitation, and hygiene conditions in local schools by providing latrines and handwashing stations along with education on proper sanitation techniques.

In 2018, JustHope...

  • Installed hand-washing stations in 12 primary schools in Chacraseca.
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  • Added 2 latrines in schools and 4 latrines in homes.
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    Gave the gifts of safe cooking with 7 green stoves.
  • Built 3 new homes - 2 in Chacraseca and 1 in La Flor.
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    Distributed medications worth $900 to La Flor.
  • Gave dental supplies worth $540 to the dentist in Chacraseca.

Our Health Projects

Cardboard. Plastic. Dirt floors. Sheets of metal haphazardly erected into a makeshift home. This is how poor families live in Nicaragua. It is not only uncomfortable and inconvenient, but unsanitary living conditions also have a major effect on health and well-being. They contribute to concerns such as insect and parasite infestations, respiratory infections, asthma, lead poisoning, and a higher likelihood of burns and other injuries.

Dr. Claudia Chevez sitting at a desk doing paperwork.

Baby Lizbeth was just 8 days old when a scorpion stung her. Normally, a scorpion sting hurts and can cause some dizziness, but Lizbeth was so small that the sting site immediately swelled and her heart started racing. Her little body was covered in sweat, and she started having difficulty breathing. Fortunately, the Chacraseca Clinic was open.

dental hygiene student performs a cleaning on a child in a large room with other children receiving cleanings in the background

Even though totally preventable, tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases in Nicaragua. Understandably, rural areas have especially limited access to dental hygiene education and timely, thorough treatment of dental concerns. JustHope supports Chacraseca’s dentist, Dr. Sampson, on an on-going basis by providing dental supplies for use in the Chacraseca Clinic.

woman stands by a concrete stove; two pots sit on top; ends of firewood poke out of a hole on the side

Green Stoves are a small investment that makes a big difference! That’s why JustHope has built eleven green stoves in our partner communities since January 2018.

simple latrine or outhouse made of cinder block, metal roof, and metal door

Open defecation and improper sanitation are systemic problems in Nicaragua, which lead to around 300 childhood deaths each year (WaterAid, 2014). As the World Health Organization explains, “open defecation perpetuates a vicious cycle of disease and poverty.”

We are trying to break that cycle, one latrine at a time! JustHope and partners construct pit latrines for families and schools in our partner communities to ensure improved sanitation and a private place to “go.”

School children gather around several large plastic bottles of water hung from a wooden crossbeam for hand washing.

Handwashing stations, also called Tippy-Taps, are a low-cost solution for schools that do not otherwise have a place for children to clean their hands during the school day. Fashioned from low-cost and readily found materials, they are easy to install and maintain.