The Children's Well-Being Foundation has volunteer and student internship opportunities for those studying medical, nursing, public health, education, and other disciplines. Do you want to improve the health and lives of children in Costa Rica? Join us and work alongside staff and physicians at our medical clinic. We offer opportunities year-round. The Children’s Well-Being Foundation is making a significant difference in Costa Rica – we are providing health care to thousands of children who otherwise would have fallen through the cracks of their healthcare system.
We provide primary care services, eye exams, and psychological services. We work with local and international partners to ensure the sustainability of the clinics and training opportunities for future doctors who are encouraged to pursue medical volunteerism. CWB works with each group to tailor a program that works best for the participants. We customize programming and daily activities based on student interest so this is one of the best experiences of your life!
Because of generous support of donors like you, CWB owns and serves our Mission with its Mobile Health Clinic. Our Director of Costa Rica Operations & Communication, Jean Carlo Brenes, plans and coordinates doctor exam visits in very low income “precarios” with thousands of children throughout Costa Rica. Locations are predetermined through the government social system CAJA, the Red Cross and others.
Our clinics continue to find and arrange treatment for minor and major problems. Our goal continues to be to find and prevent major medical problems from ending a young life or negatively impacting a child's life.
Under Jean Carlo Brenes’ planning, directing and operating leadership, the Mobile Health Clinic provided medical and social services to 35 different coast to coast locations in 2019. In May 2019, Jean Carlo took the CWB team to Indigenous Mountain Clinic in Guaymi and cared for 400 indigenous kids. In one case, we took a child to the hospital for surgery on his right eye, helped a boy with a new slimmer for his prosthesis, and assisted another child with new glasses due to a degenerative malignant myopia. JC and his team drove 6 hours over the mountains to get to base camp and then the next day took a 2 hour ride on horseback to get to the clinic. Coming back down the mountain in a thunderstorm the horses struggled with the mud but all ended well with many beautiful indigenous children getting medical treatment for the first time in their lives.
We were able to give away about 4,000 medicines that were donated by some doctors and Clinica Biblica (private Hospital), medications delivered to some very remote areas. Our fundraising efforts are now directed towards sustaining our Mobile Clinic and aggressively expanding our child examination efforts in partnership with the Red Cross, Costa Rican government agencies and other local social services locations as we have in the past.
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