Life-Giving: Give an Alternative Gift this
season that keeps on giving, as a single gift or a monthly
pledge.Your gift will be acknowledged to the receiver with a
Mateo lives in a coffee cooperative in a
remote part of Nicaragua. He is 8 years old and eats
fairly well because the cooperative grows much of its food.
With profits from the coffee, the cooperative buys other basic
food that they do not grow, then set aside to share among all the
members as they need it.
We’ve worked with this cooperative for 14 years
helping them get certified as organic, selling their coffee
and bringing medical brigades 4-6 times a year...the only time
they have doctors on the mountain.
Mateo’s small house is also home to 12 others. He is
the youngest of 13 children. His mother is happy that we
provide family planning for the women who want it, and she brings
him to our clinics almost every time we go to the
cooperative...every 6 months he is treated for parasites as a preventive
Parasites eat what nutrition children receive. In
tropical Nicaragua, parasites can get ingested in so many
ways…through dirty hands, standing water, and cooking.
In our Clinic in Nueva Vida, we test children for
parasites and treat them with the appropriate
The coffee cooperative is doing better financially because they
are selling their organic coffee at a fair price. Thanks to that
and the medication we provide, Mateo
This season, give a
gift that will help us help Mateo and others like him who
suffer from poverty and parasites.