Events of April 2018
We are all deeply saddened and concerned at the recent events in our beloved Nicaragua. It is difficult at a distance to influence this, but it allows us time for refection. We remain committed to being a positive force in this community. We also need to be sensible and think long term rather than short term.
Here is what we know
- Jinotega is mentioned in some news reports, but Monica reports peaceful marches with no looting or violence
- None of our MMO family has been injured in these events
- The school kids are safe. Public schools were closed and have now reopened
- The protests continue in Managua.
- Some of our colleagues are actively protesting – we encourage their strength but want them to keep safe
- We believe it is too volatile at this moment to predict reliably our ability to allow for our planned summer brigade
- The go / no-go decision date for the next trip has not yet been made
- Even if the group goes, we will respect the decisions of individuals as to their ability to participate on this trip
- Travel warning – particularly from the US State Department – and the implications for purchased air tickets is normally a decision of the industry – not yet made by them
- Here is the state department link. As of Monday, the level was “Nicaragua – Level 3: Reconsider travel”
In our almost 2 decade history, there have been many times where politics have influenced our policy. This is an important time for our Nicaraguan colleagues to map their own future. As a board, we have a responsibility to protect you while enabling all of us to help them.
Board of Directors – Mayflower Medical Outreach
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What We Do
Mayflower Medical Outreach supports a wide variety of programs in Nicaragua. Each year a team of otolaryngologists and nurses travel to the mountain town of Jinotega to see patients and perform surgeries.
There are three annual mission trips in which audiologists from across the United States participate. Patients from Jinotega and the surrounding communities are seen in tandem with the MMO Otolaryngologists and Dr. Ernesto Moreno, a Nicaraguan Otolaryngologist who holds a permanent full-time position at the hospital and ENT clinic.
Through the work of the MMO medical and audiology teams along with various Nicaraguan organizations, it we became aware that there were deaf children in rural areas that were not getting access to education.