Just 22-years-old, Ilcia exhibits extraordinary passion for the care she delivers and compassion for the women she serves. She told us about an experience she recently had with a woman in a tiny rural community: “I started talking with a very shy young woman who came with her friend to the clinic. She was reluctant to have an exam because she was taught by her mother to believe that cervical cancer was God’s punishment for her sins. I am proud I earned her trust and was able to not only screen her for cancer but also discuss all of the worries she had about her body and health."
This is The Lily Project.
However, with the number of cases accelerating in Nicaragua and no governmental policy for testing, social distancing or protection, Lily has suspended all mobile clinic events. Instead we are moving services online through WhatsApp and Facebook where we will provide individual and group interaction for our 15,000+ contacts and followers in Nicaragua. It will be an interesting test to see if we can begin to use these channels to help women in new ways.
Friends, we ask for your continued support of The Lily Project as a donor, volunteer, advisor or cheerleader! We hope you agree with our #1 priority: to protect the wellbeing of our staff during this very difficult time. Ilcia and the rest of our team of nurses each earn $300 a month - with this they are able to provide for themselves and help their families. Just a little does so much!
“New data shows the catastrophic impact that COVID-19 could soon have on women and girls globally. The pandemic is deepening inequalities, and millions more women and girls now risk losing the ability to plan their families and protect their bodies and their health.” UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem
This is our fight. We are a community-based organization on the frontlines, helping women protect their bodies and their health. The Lily Project has made a profound difference in the lives of women, their families and their communities – and we will continue.
Thank you for caring about Lily. Believe this: you are helping save lives.
We hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy,
Anielka, Jonathan and Susan