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Fitting an OpenSocket with the Red Cross of Nicaragua


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Jon woke up early today, not sure why. Sudeep slept an extra half hour, not sure why. After the usual Nicaraguan breakfast of rice, beans, tomatoes, onions, toast, and orange juice, we decided to walk to our first meeting of the day. We met Peter Poetsma of the Red Cross Special Fund for the Disabled Latin America Branch. A brief meeting preceded a trip to CENAPRORTO and another fitting.

The patient's name was Hector (our second Hector in Nicaragua!) and he too was a victim of a land mine explosion. We fit him smoothly with the staff watching, and then went to get some great Salvadoran food for lunch. During this meeting, we had a great discussion with our friends from the Red Cross about future work in Nicaragua. We then headed to the fancy intercontinental hotel where we met Sergio from a local rotary club, hopeful that we will be able to arrange a Managua-based Rotary-driven OpenSocket camp. We are now back at the hotel, indulging in the free wifi and getting ready for tomorrow's visit to Leon!

Two More Flags


Sudeep and I started our day in Managua by visiting two organizations: SHIA Nicaragua and Vision Inclusiva. Both organizations work towards developing the support system and opportunities for people with disabilities in the country. We spoke with them about their potential involvement in organizing a periodic OpenSocket clinic for Nicaragua and our idea was well received.

After these meetings we headed to Teleton-Pipitos, which is a transnational organization that provides rehabilitation services to children with disabilities in Nicaragua. There we met 17 year-old Hector Chevez, who lost his arm when he encountered an unexploded ordinance from the war in his field. We deployed an OpenSocket with Hector, which will replace his current prosthesis that is old and no longer fits him.

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Leaving Teleton-Pipitos we headed to the largest market in Central America – Mercado Oriental. Due to security concerns we left the market immediately and headed over to another artisan market where we bought a flag of Nicaragua to hang in our studio in the United States. It is exciting to think that we have added two more flags to our collection in the past week – meaning that Bump has made an impact on two additional countries, and most importantly, several more amputees who needed a prosthetic arm.

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We had some great fried cheese, beans, and plantains for dinner, and now are calling it a day, hoping for a reprieve from the ants that attacked us last night as we slept in our budget hotel room. Hope the cockroach spray worked….

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