GlobeMed at Duke partners with Salud sin Limites in Siuna, Nicaragua to support the rights and health of women and children.
GlobeMed at Duke University + Salud Sin Limites
Salud Sin Límites | Siuna, Nicaragua
Two-thirds of women in Nicaragua experience some form of domestic violence in their lifetime.
“In the name of Salud Sin Límites and the community of Las Quebradas in Siuna, la RAAN, Nicaragua, we would like to thank you for your excellent work focusing on the health of the impoverished—we believe that you are truly demonstrating leadership through your commitment to public health and social justice.”
– Juan Herrera Urbina, Project Manager, Salud Sin Límites
About the Partnership
Salud sin Límites (SSL) Nicaragua (Health Unlimited) is part of the International Health Unlimited network (now Health Poverty Action). SSL works in the Northern Atlantic Autonomous Region (La RAAN) of Nicargua with indigenous communities that have been historically marginalized by the central government. This branch of the Health Poverty Action network was founded to prevent HIV amongst youth, create a safe space for mothers to give birth, and protect children from violence.
La RAAN has some of the highest rates of inadequate housing, poor water supply, overcrowding and low education levels in the country. To improve the health and infrastructure of this region, SSL engages local youth in education around sexual health, leadership development, advocacy training and “radionovelas”—weekly radio shows which discuss a diverse set of health and social issues the communities face. GlobeMed at Duke joined SSL in fall 2010 and have raised over $22,000 since.
In coordination with Salud Sin Limites and the Women’s Commission of Siuna, GlobeMed at Duke spent the past two years raising money for a women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence. The shelter, El Centro de Atencion Psicosocial, opened in March of 2014. The shelter offers food, lodging and psychological services for women while they go through the legal process of filing their case. Legal advocates accompany the women to their trials and ensure that their case is appropriately addressed. Women who stay in the shelter for longer periods of time receive schooling to learn how to read and write. The shelter also runs a 12-week women’s empowerment group for women in the shelter and from the local community.
GlobeMed at Duke hopes to raise $9,000 this year to help finish the remaining renovations, expand the shelter’s services and launch a small business to help the shelter become financially self-sustainable.
The community room in the shelter needs a finished ceiling and floor. Once finished, the shelter will be able to rent out the community room to groups to use for conferences or trainings, thus creating a small source of income for the shelter. The shelter would like to offer more women’s empowerment groups both in Siuna and in the surrounding rural communities. Money raised will pay for materials for the group as well as transportation to the rural villages. Finally, the shelter would like to launch a small business to support the operations of the shelter and provide job opportunities for the women. Money raised will serve as seed money for this new venture. GlobeMed at Duke is currently working with the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke to help design this project.