Partners and Supporters
Our Primary Partners In Nicaragua Are:
UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA REDEMPTORIS MATER (UNICA) www.unica.edu.ni
UNICA is a private university in Nicaragua with schools of dentistry, medicine, business, and a variety of programs such as water resources development. FWWH and UNICA have been collaborating since 2006. We operate clinics together, with their students and faculty joining ours for patient care.
ASSOCIATION FOR THE BURNED CHILDREN OF NICARAGUA (APROQUEN), HOSPITAL METROPOLITANO, MANAGUA, NICARAGUA www.aproquen.org
APROQUEN is a nonprofit organization in Nicaragua that provides free medical care and rehabilitation for burned children. In 2011, APROQUEN expanded its scope of services to include cleft palate patients. APROQUEN is located adjacent to, and is closely affiliated with, the Hospital Metropolitano in Managua, Nicaragua. FWWH pediatric dentists and anesthesiologists provide free dental care to burned and special needs children under general anesthesia at the APROQUEN/Metropolitano facility.
ASOCIACION DE PADRES DE NINO Y JOVENES DIABETICOS DE NICARAGUA (APNJDN), MANAGUA, NICARAGUA
APNJDN is an all volunteer, parent-advocate group for infant and juvenile diabetes in Nicaragua. APNJDN represents about 900+ families who have one or more children with Type 1 Diabetes. They work closely with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health, which employs endocrinologists at its La Mascota Hospital in Managua to provide education and dispense diabetic supplies. APNJDN is on Facebook.
TIERRA NUEVA UNION OF COOPERATIVES, BOACO, NICARAGUA www.cosatin.org
Tierra Nueva is a farming cooperative of 650 family farms in the area north of the town of Boaco, Nicaragua. It has Organic and Fair Trade certifications for the coffee and honey it produces. FWWH proposed constructing and equipping a medical-dental clinic at the Tierra Nueva Cooperative that would be serviced by medical and dental faculty and students from UNICA on an on-going basis. A Rotary Foundation grant was awarded for this purpose and the clinic was completed and in operation by mid-2013.
COUNCIL OF PROTESTANT CHURCHES OF NICARAGUA (CEPAD), NICARAGUA www.cepadnica.org
CEPAD was founded just after the earthquake on the 23rd of December of 1972 that caused massive damage in the country. The Nicaraguan Baptist Convention recognized the need to help people with housing, food and medical care following disasters and to promote economic development to help lift people out of poverty.
Our Primary Partners In United States are:
THE BLESSING CENTER OF REDLANDS, CA www.theblessingcenter1.org
Established in 1998, the Center is a faith-based, non-profit charitable aid organization. Its goal is to help alleviate poverty and despair by providing food, clothing, medical and dental care, job resources and many other needs to persons who are economically distressed. In 2008, a 10,000 square foot building was donated to serve as the new operations and distribution facility now known as "The Blessing Center. The organization is volunteer-based, made up of caring and compassionate local individuals and families.
MARY’S MERCY CENTER, SAN BERNARDINO, CA www.marysmercycenter.org
Mary's Mercy Center provides a hot nutritious meal six days a week, including all holidays except Christmas Day to homeless persons in the poverty-stricken area of west San Bernardino. Meals are served to all who come regardless of their situation and no identification is required. Over 8,000 meals are served each month. They offer their facilities and assistance for our clinics.
THE FLYING DOCTORS, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA www.socalflyingdocs.org
The Flying Doctors is a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization that aims to improve the health and well-being of geographically diverse peoples through education and the provision of no-cost, high-quality medical, dental, and optometric care at temporary clinics. Since 1975, LMV has provided care in Mexico, Central and South America, and to underserved populations of California.
NORTH COUNTRY MISSION OF HOPE, Plattsburgh, NY www.ncmissionofhope.org
North Country Mission of Hope’s mission is to foster sustainable programs in education, healthcare, community and ecological development for the people of Nicaragua. They have made available their Misión de Esperanza site in Chiliquistagua, Nicaragua for an FWWH-led dental clinic starting in 2014.
Our Collaborating Organizations in the U.S. are:
TZU CHI MEDICAL FOUNDATION www.tzuchimedicalfoundation.org
The mission of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation is to provide quality medical, dental, alternative medicine and vision care, along with health education and other health services to economically disadvantaged persons regardless of age, gender, race or religious affiliation with inspiring love and humanity that benefits both the givers and receivers. They also coordinate and manage medical resources across and beyond the United States, collaborating closely with Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) organizing numerous outreaches worldwide.
THE LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY www.dentistry.llu.edu
Since 1953, the Loma Linda University (LLU) School of Dentistry has graduated competent and compassionate oral healthcare professionals who contribute to the mission of LLU of providing “whole person” care. The School offers the doctor of dental surgery degree; both bachelor of science and associate of science degrees in dental hygiene; and master of science degrees and certificates in advanced specialty programs. Dental and dental hygiene students from the School participate with the Foundation in providing no-fee healthcare services to poor and underserved in the United States and Nicaragua.
ESRI OF REDLANDS, CA www.esri.com
ESRI is an international supplier of Geographic Information System (GIS) software, web GIS and geodatabase management applications. The company is headquartered in Redlands, California. At ESRI, they believe that geography is at the heart of a more resilient and sustainable future. Governments, industry leaders, academics, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) employ them to help develop the analytic knowledge they need to make these critical decisions to help manage planetary resources. ESRI has collaborated with the FWWH in providing GIS capabilities to Nicaraguan organizations.
CURA COFFEE COMPANY, SAN DIEGO, CA www.curacoffee.com
Since the year 2000, the FWWH has sponsored trips with dentists and students to Nicaragua to provide dental care to persons in need. Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick was a student in those early years and he saw an opportunity to start a business that would directly benefit coffee growers in Nicaragua. From that experience, Cura Coffee was founded in part to share its profits with the Foundation of Worldwide Health’s efforts to provide sustainable healthcare to the people in Nicaragua’s underserved coffee growing region. Cura Coffee imports premium direct-trade coffee to the United States.
Our Financial Supporters in the U.S. are:
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL www.rotary.org
Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated human rights purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services. Rotary International provided a Matching Grant that permitted the establishment of a clinic in the poor mountain community of Boaco, Nicaragua. This clinic serves coffee grower and honey producer families in the Tierra Nueva Coffee Cooperative.
ROTARY CLUBS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DISTRICT 5330 www.rotary5330.net
The local Rotary Clubs of District 5330 in Southern California have been generous supporters of the Foundation and made possible the purchase of dental equipment and supplies, as well as participating in the Matching Grant for the Boaco clinic. They have been generous in their donations to help the Foundation provide sustainable healthcare to those who could least afford it.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF REDLANDS, CA www.fbcredlands.org/
Since 1887, The First Baptist Church of Redlands has been a beacon of hope and renewal for people across the East Valley of San Bernardino County and beyond. In recent years, this commitment to the local community and the world has been demonstrated by the creation of the Mustard Seed Tutorial Center in Redlands and by a partnership with a church and school in La Concepcion, Nicaragua, sponsoring dental and work teams to serve in this impoverished community.
ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF SAN BERNARDINO, SAN BERNARDINO, CA www.sbdiocese.org
Regardless of religious affiliation, the Diocese has continued to be a generous and strong supporter of the Foundation’s efforts to provide healthcare to poor, underserved populations in Southern California and abroad. The Diocese has provided numerous grants to purchase specific items in support of the Foundation’s local and international efforts.
KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION www.kff.org
The FWWH, in collaboration with the Mary’s Mercy Center, has received grants from the Kaiser Family Foundation to support the provision of healthcare services to the persons served by the Center.
XDR RADIOLOGY www.xdrradiology.com
XDR Radiology has provided digital radiographic equipment at a significant discount to the Foundation, due to its charitable outreach and philanthropic activities.