Dear Friends of Lily,
A number of our supporters have reached out and asked how Lily is doing as Nicaragua’s civil unrest moves into a fourth month. I think many are surprised when I answer: The Lily Project's good work continues.
I've wondered...why is Lily able to move forward while some others are not? And always two words come to mind that perfectly describe our team's thinking during this time – Creative Resilience. Out of curiosity I googled the term and found it actually is “a thing” and considered essential for success during times of crisis. Good to know! Here’s what you can expect from Lily:
Understand and adjust to our new reality. When roadblocks make it impossible to travel to rural communities, we shift to work or training that can be done safely in the city or online. Across Nicaragua, NGOs were told by the government to halt work. When the edict came down Anielka worked with the Ministry of Health to solicit and receive approval from the government to continue our operations – a true endorsement of the work we are doing. We are finding that challenges like these can be worked through and at times create new opportunities.
Stay focused on our mission. Lily’s leaders are young women determined to create better lives for women and girls in their country. They give and get joy through their work: teaching adolescent girls to respect and protect their bodies; screening women for cervical cancer; and helping women who have experienced sexual trauma. A day with Lily becomes an oasis amidst the stress of uncertainty and violence. Check out our Facebook page and you will see this in action!
Make progress. We are in the process of redefining our goals for the year. While the number of cancer screenings is likely to be lower, the number of girls receiving sexual health education will be higher than planned. Our strategic development continues - we are on the final stage of beta-testing our data platform to facilitate offline/online patient data collection, management and analysis and in the early stage of a joint research effort with Dr. Kammi Schmeer and her team at The Ohio State University. We are here for the long haul and with your support we can continue to bring health and hope to thousands of women and girls we serve in Nicaragua.