Peace Corps volunteer's public health efforts in Nicaragua supported by Calvary Christian
The following excerpt comes from the Muskegon News in Muskegon, Michigan and was originally published on June 4, 2012.
"More than 2,000 miles from her hometown of Sullivan Township, Shona Smith helps some of the poorest pregnant mothers in the Western Hemisphere at a health center and home in Nicaragua.
Smith works as a member of the Peace Corps. Her parents, Becky and Duane Smith of Sullivan Township, plan to visit her June 14 to 28 for the first time since she joined the Peace Corps.
But they are bringing more than clothes and bug spray.
Students and families at Fruitport's Calvary Christian Schools and Church, where Shona attended kindergarten through high school and Becky teaches first grade, have donated knitted hats and booties, diapers and other small baby items to be used at the clinic. A book drive yielded more than $500 worth of Spanish-language reading material.
'We are not going down there empty-handed,' Becky said.
Shona works at a clinic and Casa Materna, a temporary home for expecting mothers, in the remote town of Boca de S·balos on the Rio San Juan River, which marks the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. She serves as the only Peace Corps member with a team of local doctors and staffers."
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