Team Leon! But mostly the more than 5,200 women and families this represents.
As we started the year, each team had a goal to screen 2,500 women for cervical cancer in 2018 with a bit of an incentive - the team with the highest number of completed quality screenings by the end of September would win a trip to our board member’s awesome beach house in Florida. But then the unrest started and everything changed…Lily’s ability to provide health screenings and to travel outside of Nicaragua became much more difficult. So we lowered our expectations, changed the travel location to a beautiful beach town, San Juan Del Sur, on the pacific coast of Nicaragua (just above Costa Rica) and Anielka encouraged the teams to just do their best.
Yesterday was the long-anticipated Announcement Day!
Team Matagalpa led by Adilia Navarro with new teammate Dr. Arelys Fonseca, Sarahi Baltodano, RN, and Driver Efrain Montoya announced they have already surpassed their annual goal - screening 2,600 women so far in 2018. Such an amazing accomplishment!
Team Leon, led by Hortencia Gonzalez with Maryuri Salmeron, RN, Yarelis Rojas, RN and driver Michael Rodriguez announced that despite being shut-down for a month due to the unrest in the city they have screened 2,675 women to-date! Additionally, 3 of the 4 women diagnosed with cervical cancer this year in Leon are Lily’s clients – a result so incredible that the regional Ministry of Health has requested Lily’s help in training MINSA staff.
Obviously what is most important is the impact Lily is having on the health of women in Nicaragua. But what can’t be overlooked is the impact Lily is having on the team. Hortencia shares (translated):
A year ago I became Team Leader of León and started a whole new stage of my life. Leadership is something I rarely heard about until I started working with The Lily Project a few years ago. As the leader of the mobile clinic in León, I had many expectations and fears when starting the position, but as time has passed and thanks to the support of the entire Lily Team, I have learned and developed skills that allow me to lead, support my colleagues and help us all move in the same direction. It is so exciting to win the competition! We knew we were doing a good job, but we were not sure about the results of the Matagalpa team, which is also doing very well. For our team, winning represents an achievement that fills us with confidence, joy, and pride - and motivates us to continue improving more every day to succeed in new challenges.
Please join us in congratulating both teams...Salud!
My name is Michael. I'm 22 years old, and I studied Business Administration.
I always wanted to become a professional. I applied for jobs at different companies, but unfortunately I never received a positive response.
Eight months ago, I saw a post on Facebook. The Lily Project was looking for a driver. At that moment I hesitated to apply because that was not my original profession. After thinking about it for a moment, I changed my perspective, and I saw it as an opportunity to work. With the situation in our country any job is a blessing! I finally decided to apply and I was hired.
During my time with Lily I have learned a lot, and I have evolved not only professionally but also as a person. I am part of a team and, we all strive to be better every day. Something I've learned and would never have imagined is how complex and amazing the world of women is - especially everything that happens during each menstrual cycle. I have managed to see how men act in relation to these things, and I’ve been surprised to see that this is not an attitude assumed just by men; I’ve also seen attitudes like this coming from women who attend our events. The attitude is cultural.
Now I do not feel like a simple driver, I feel part of change. I participate in the events by organizing women, inviting women to events, and even explaining to women the importance of having a Pap smear. I would never have imagined doing this, and I never expected to learn so much about women's health or knowing what I know now. I am very grateful for this experience.