Since 1999, when a group of volunteers spent their spring break providing emergency relief efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Mitch, the university has been involved in a unique partnership with a resettlement community outside the capital city of Managua, Nicaragua. Volunteers involved in this student-initiated service-learning project help raise money for the free health clinic in Nueva Vida, a facility largely built with donations raised by the Bucknell Brigade. Delegations of students and staff bring donated medicines, inventory supplies in the pharmacy, and assist with manual labor on projects identified by the Center for Development in Central America, our host agency, while learning about micro-enterprise initiatives, grass roots development, the history, and culture of Nicaragua.
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