Danilo Rosales Project
This, I-CARE’s pilot project, was born out of a January
2005 visit to the Hospitál Escuela Danilo Rosales by I-CARE’s directors. The directors, witnessed
first-hand the hospital’s needy state. Nicaragua’s
rural poor come here from all corners of the county
seeking treatment. Despite the heroic efforts of
hospital staff, limited funding means the clinic’s
cancer patients are treated at standards markedly below
those in the United States. For example, the single
chemotherapy treatment room had inadequate furnishing, no
sink for sanitizing, and no air conditioning, in a city
where temperatures regularly top 100°.
The hospital project modernized the hospital
chemotherapy treatment room; provided medical supplies
such as bed linens, patient gowns, rubber gloves,
specialized lighting, and surgical instruments; and even
paid for medical care for patients who otherwise could
not have afforded it. In
short, the project gave Nicaragua’s destitute
cancer victims a facility where they can recover with
the safety and dignity every human deserves.
Women's Cancer Screening
I-CARE is currently financing the work of a women's
health care advocate (and cancer survivor) to provide cancer
screening for indigent Nicaraguan women. Our
advocate, Maritza Medrano saves lives by educating
impoverished women on the dangers of various cancers
affecting women, by obtaining cancer screening for those
women, and by fighting to get them adequate and timely
health care when necessary.
I-CARE recently made our first direct microloan to an
entrepreneur in Nicaragua. Additionally,
I-CARE has joined the microfinance pioneer
While we fundraise for our long-term projects, our
savings will "work" for small business people in Central
I-CARE is in the final stages of a long-term capital
campaign that will provide housing stability for the
family of our lead Nicaraguan volunteer. In late
2012, I-CARE will purchase a property in Nicaragua that
will fulfill a dream of secure housing for the family
and ensure I-CARE will always have a "home" in
Nicaragua. Soon, we will be inviting you down to
stay with us, see our work your own eyes, and lend a
I-CARE was founded after a number of eye-opening trips
to Central America over five years ago. Meeting
people and hearing their stories changed our lives.
The trips didn't just make us feel outraged for
injustices we saw, sorry for the people we met, or
guilty for how lucky we are (although it did all of that
too). More importantly, the trip opened our eyes
to a universally shared humanity. Somehow,
connecting with people of a different culture showed us
just how similar we all really are.
We want to foster similar connections for others.
To make this happen--and because we love spending time
in Nicaragua--I-CARE's directors are purchasing property
along Nicaragua's beautiful Southern Pacific Coast.
We are doing this with personal funds, not the
organization's money, but the property will be I-CARE's
base in Central America. We hope to bring our
first "voluntourists" to Nicaragua soon. Again, check back here often for updates.
I-CARE was founded by law students and is directed by
attorneys, and we believe deeply in the rule of law.
That is, we believe in the idea that society should be
governed by a known set of rules that apply equally to
all people. I-CARE's directors work in support of
the rule of law in the United States every day, and we
believe we possess the knowledge and connections to do
the same in Central America. Our plan includes
using our I-CARE base in Nicaragua as a retreat where we
can invite groups--from students to political elites--to
engage in a shared discussion about the rule of law.
I-CARE is launching a scholarship program to encourage
students at its co-founders' alma mater, Drake
University Law School, to dream big and develop
not-for-profit projects of their own. Each year,
I-CARE will solicit nominations for students have taken
uncommon initiative in starting or advancing a
if any of these projects seem worthwhile to you.
We know you can help.