Nutritional Project for AMOS Health and Hope, Nicaragua

Neesha's blog as she brings that nutrition swag-Nama style to the rural communitites of Nicaragua. Rural health is characterized by families living INCREDIBLY far away from the next family (sometimes farmers live one to two hours away from their nearest neighbor), which makes healthcare incredibly difficult to access. But AMOS Health and Hope addresses this problem by training local health promoters from each community whose job is to keep track of the health of their "comunidad." I'll be working on a malnutrition and anemia survey for AMOS, and I'll be traveling to 6 different rural communities in the next 9 weeks to conduct these surveys and workshops. 

I'll be recording the development of my project, my integration into Nicaraguan culture and the AMOS community, any Spanish mishaps and musings, and the various thoughts that buzz through my mind. 

Location

Nicaragua
  • Mule knows best
    Neesha Nama | August 14th, 2013
    I’ve realized that life is an aggressive, forceful Rottweiler that will indefinitely drag you in its direction of choice, unless you proactively pull back on the leash, take life by the collar, and command him in the direction you want to go. Life...
  • View of Nicaraguan Countryside. Beautiful
    Neesha Nama | July 29th, 2013
    Indestructible, Invincible, Intrepid truck that takes us to the rural communities               The Invincible, Indestructible, Intrepid truck that takes us to the rural communities. Driven by resourceful drivers...
  • Mother in her kitchen
    Neesha Nama | July 27th, 2013
                More than 10 million children younger than five years die every year. Most of these children live in the rural areas of Africa and Asia, but urban slums also have very high mortality rates. And the three...
  • Billboard advertisement for the current party in power, the Sandinistas
    Neesha Nama | July 19th, 2013
    Today is one of Nicaragua’s most important national holidays, el Día de la Revolución. 34 years ago from this day, the FSLN Army, or the Sandinistas, defeated the Somoza dictatorship and took control of the government. It was the first time in over...
  • Health Stations at Fila Grande, Matagalpa
    Neesha Nama | June 29th, 2013
    For its 2000-01 World Development Report, the World Bank interviewed 60,000 people in 47 countries about what relief of poverty meant to them. They could say anything. What do YOU think the most frequently mentioned answers were? I immediately...
  • Neesha Nama | June 23rd, 2013
    Hola a todos! Hello everyone! I just got back from my first community trip, and my body is worn out but my mind won’t rest; it’s busy cranking, processing, and churning everything I saw and heard, trying to make sense of it all.   Clearly, the...
  • Neesha Nama | June 16th, 2013
    This trip is different from the Euro trip in that in Nicaragua I am an active participant in my immersion experience. In Europe, I felt like I was a bystander in another culture.             In...
  • Neesha Nama | June 16th, 2013
    It’s the end of my first day in Nicaragua, and I’ve got to say things could not have gone any better and I don’t think I could be any more excited for the next ten weeks. My house mom, she’s a doll, who is so easy to talk to and cooks deliciously...
  • Neesha Nama | June 14th, 2013
    The day has finally come. After recurrently daydreaming of practicing my Spanish by playing with Nicaraguan toddlers (my ideal way of learning Spanish because they’re so eager to talk to you and they aren’t intimidating because, come on, they’re...