Sunday, June 5, 2011


I have been here almost a month now and it has been going so well. I am beginning to become more active with different trainings. Thus far I have led one training on the Moringa tree at a housing area for women about to give birth. I also did a community health training in a small town in a beautiful area called Miraflor. They have asked me to return for another training in July. Today I led a first aid training to a group of volunteer firefighters. For all of these trainings I have planned, gathered information,and led them all. Each one is a challenge and a blessing. It is such a great joy to teach others basic skills that may help save their lives and the lives of others. I have found my life's calling and feel blessed for this opportunity.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Teaching CPR to hospitals

I was recently asked to teach CPR at a local hospital in Esteli where the organization is based out of. I initially understood that they were medical students, however, once I arrived I learned that they were medical doctors and were soon to begin rotation. I introduced myself and added that I taught basic first aid to community members and so my explanations may be a bit simple compared to what they are used to. Overall, the presentation went well. We talked about the reasons to use CPR and I also presented how to use it in rural settings in case someone has a heart attack not in a hospital. I asked many questions which they answered readily and scientifically. There were some instances that I didn't understand everything they said, but that's okay. We then began the fun stuff, practicing. We reviewed the steps for adults, kids, and babies. Since there were no dolls to practice with, one of the doctors volunteered to be a patient. The training lasted about an hour and I answered what questions came up. It was a challenging yet interesting experience. The students appreciated the discussion and the practice. Which is what is the purpose of the training.