Project Nicaragua is a 501-(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that is comprised of Physicians, Medical Students, and Undergraduates within the US and Nicaragua. Project Nicaragua advances the right to a healthy and productive life by addressing health-related disparities in and alongside Nicaragua’s poor.
Executive Director and Co-Founder of Project Nicaragua, Dr. Ravi Menghani, speaks about Project Nicaragua’s achievements at a banquet fundraiser.
In August of 2008, Project Nicaragua at UCLA and UCSD held a Fundraiser Gala at UCLA in collaboration with Holly Blanks, wife of Michael Blanks, fitness guru and martial artist. Holly Blanks, a noted Los Angeles philanthropist partnered with Project Nicaragua to organize this successful fundraiser and helped us raise several thousand dollars. Most importantly, this fundraiser gave Project Nicaragua fantastic publicity and helped spread the word about its mission.
The Mana del Cielo Bakery opened during OSU’s most recent trip in September 2011. The bakery was set up to help empower Rancho Grande community members by enabling them to generate their own revenue while also learning how to manage a business. Thanks to NewPage Corp, who donated twelve laptops to Project Nicaragua, community members are also able to enhance their English and computer skills while also researching nutritious recipes for the bakery.
The inauguration of the Libros para los Niños: Literacy Campaign during September 2011 was a great success. UCSD team members held free workshops that taught children the joys of literacy by reading bilingual books, singing bilingual songs, and conducting interesting science experiments.
The UCLA chapter has succeeded in establishing a scholarship program at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN), which will fund medical school for three exceptional candidates. Each student will be mentored by a physician and responsible of using their medical training to identify and solve barriers to healthcare in rural communities, where health disparities are most prevalent.