December 17, 2013 > Rotarians help Nicaraguan hospital
Rotarians help Nicaraguan hospital
Submitted By Frank De Smidt
A few years ago Milpitas Rotary's International Service team tried to raise about $3,000 for a worthy cause. After much hard work, Norm LaCroix, Alan David, and Darshan Shah found funds from Rotary members and other Rotary Clubs.
It was decided to use the $20,000 they raised to send badly needed medical supplies and equipment to a poorly equipped maternity hospital in Nicaragua. A 40-foot shipping container, filled with surplus medical gear and provisions from MedShare valued at from $150,000 to $300,000, was delivered to hospital staff in Chinandega, Nicaragua earlier this year.
LaCroix and David helped to get the container through customs with the assistance of The Nicaragua American Foundation. The local Chinandega Rotary Club was also involved with this important program.