The Padrino Program for Health and Education


Here is what your generous donation could provide for a child in Limon 1, Tola, Nicaragua:

  • With a US$25 per month donation for one year, one student could afford to purchase two sets of school uniforms and the necessary books, backpack and school supplies to fully engage in her school experience.
  • With a US$50 a month donation for an entire year, one student could afford to purchase two sets of school uniforms and the necessary books, backpack, school supplies, as well as an entire year of healthcare protection including a bi-monthly visit to our clinic, medicine as needed, nutritional assistance with vitamins and supplements, and a vaccination program. This level of giving provides a student with the comprehensive resources needed to succeed in school and beyond.

Sponsorship Changes the Lives of Children and Their Sponsors

Through one-on-one sponsorships, our Padrino Program creates meaningful connections and lasting relationships. The resulting friendships turn human compassion into real-world solutions, giving supporters like you a glimpse into the joy your gifts make possible.

When you begin your sponsorship, you'll see the tangible effects of your generosity in a child's daily life. You will celebrate his or her progress and share in the share in the struggles and triumphs of childhood.

How the Program Works

Two times a year our program coordinator will communicate by email about the progress he or she is making in school. These messages will also include a report from the doctor on the child’s current developmental and nutritional status. You can get your child's picture and share personal information, encouragement and inspiration that you believe will help the child to grow as a person and to improve his or her performance at school.

We can also set up a Skype video conference with your sponsored child so you can practice your Spanish and help your child to learn basic English. This virtual visit is a life-changing experience for our Padrinos and children on this commmunity. You not only will be the sole sponsor for this disadvantaged child, but also a mentor and role model. Your credit card will be charged monthly for the amount you choose.  You can cancel your monthly donation at any time by contacting us, no problem.  At that time we will find a new sponsor for your child. At the end of the year we will send you a donation summary receipt for your tax filing.

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If You Would Like To Make a Regular or One-Time Contribution, Select The Level You Would Like To Join

Become a Hacendado

With a magnanimous donation of $5,000 or more, we would like to place your name on a plaque at the Clinic. We will also send you a voucher for two free nights accommodations at the nearby, gorgeous Rancho Santana resort on the Pacific coast (, a special handmade gift from Nicaragua, and a coffee table book directly to your home as our thank you.

Become a Ranchero

With a donation of $1,000 or more, we will send you a special handmade gift from Nicaragua, and a Clinic t-shirt as our thank you. Your donation will help us toward our goals of expanding the clinic facility and programs like the “combat diabetes club”.

Become a Paisano

With a donation of $250 or more, you will help us afford all the items on the community and Clinic's wish list. We greatly appreciate your time and thoughtfulness, and we would like to send you a special Clinic t-shirt as our thank you.

Become an Amigo

Feel free to select the amount that you want to donate and make it a recurrent donation if you want.

Note – We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit. All donations are tax-deductible for this tax year.

dalla Hello, my name is Dalla, and I am 12 years old. I live in Limon 1. Currently I live with my parents and my brothers. I am in sixth grade and love to study my favorite topic, which is English. I also like to play baseball. When I grow up I would like to be a businesswoman. I would like to find a sponsor so I can continue my studies and be able to get notebooks. Currently only my father works and we barely can eat.

My name is Henry, I am seven years old. I live with my parents and two brothers. I live in the Limon 1 community. I am in first grade and love to play baseball with my friends. When I grow up I would like to be a priest. My father is a Machetero (field worker) and does not make much money so he does not have enough for me or my brothers to buy the books or uniforms we need. I would like the Clinica Roberto Clemente to help me to find a Padrino to continue my studies.


My name is Oneyda, I am 6 years old. I am studying at the Higueral Elementary School. I am in first grade. Next year I am going to second grade and will love it because I am going to take my favorite subject: mathematics. I live with my parents and 5 siblings. My mother washes clothes and my father works as a day laborer in the farms. I would like to be a teacher and learn English. That is why I would like the Clinica Roberto Clemente to help me find a sponsor so I can continue my studies.



Hola, my name is Jose, I am 10 years old. I live in Las Mercedes community. I am in third grade. I go to the Higueral Elementary School. My favorite subject is mathematics. In my free time I like to play baseball. I have 5 siblings and live with my father and mother. My father works in agriculture but this year was a dry season and he couldn’t harvest much. My mother makes bread to sell to help in our home but it is not enough for us. When I grow up, I would like to be a police officer to help my country. I also would like the Clinic help me find a sponsor so I can attend school like other children and buy a uniform and backpack.


My name is Rosa, I am nine years old. I study at the Salinas Elementary School and I am in second grade. I live with my mother only. My father left a while ago and we do not have a place to live. What my mother makes is only for food. She cannot afford to send me to school every day. I would like to be a doctor in the future. I would like the Clinic to help me find a Padrino so I can go get the things I need for school like notebooks, a backpack and books to read.


Hola, My name is Joel, I am seven years old. Currently I am at Las Salinas Elementary School. I live with my mother only. I do not know where my father is. I like to go to school, but I do not have a uniform and can’t go without it. The other children make fun of me. When I grow up, I would like to be a sports coach. I would like the Clinica Roberto Clemente to help me find a Padrino so I can be like the other children and have a uniform so I can go to school.


Katherine is 5 years old who was premature born with several complications. Since then she has been treated for several doctors, she had cardiac complications and other irregularities. She has never being treated for his face malformations. Nonetheless, she is in first grade and she is trying to have a normal life but she is having difficulties learning and retaining information. She also has a severe malnourish condition that could be part of the problems she has. She would like to grow up and be a mother and a professional nurse. She is looking for a Padrino so she can continue her treatments and she can get an uniform and notebooks to be like the other children.

 Maria José is an 8-year-old girl who was born with cerebral palsy. Since birth, she has been a patient of the Roberto Clemente Health Clinic. Due to her condition, she is not able to sit up by herself, walk, or talk.  She communicates with her mother by using hand gestures.  Since she cannot eat independently, her mother feeds her with a cup and spoon. She is underweight for her age group. Her mother carries her everywhere because she has not been able to afford a special wheelchair to keep Maria sitting upright. 

As a child living with Cerebral Palsy, Maria José requires special care for her developmental needs. Unfortunately, her mother is unable to afford the special shoes and braces needed to keep her from developing permanent contractures and rigidity in her feet.  Maria desperately needs a special wheelchair, foot braces, nutritional supplements, and regular appointments with a neurologist and orthopedist. Maria is able to survive thanks to her mother and the clinic. However, Maria is capable of doing so much more than just maintaining her current lifestyle; with the help of others, she could be thriving. Donations to fund equipment and regular doctor visits, would greatly improve Maria José’s quality of life in an extremely rural and poor environment. Donations to the Roberto Clemente Health Clinic help so many children and individuals in need. The funds received are used throughout the duration of a patient’s care and is planned to improve their quality of life. 


Hi, my name is Natalia and I'm 13 years old. My mom doesn't have a permanent job but she cleans other people's homes and does chores to support us. My uncle helps my mom economically when he can. My teacher recommended me for the Sponsoring Program at the Roberto Clemente Health Clinic because I'm a good student. I would like to become a nurse when I graduate from high school.

My name is Bianca, I'm 8 years old. I'm in third grade at Salomon Ibarra Elementary School and I would like to become a nurse to cure patients.



My name is Julio and I´m 9 years old. I´m in the third grade at Salomon Ibarra School. I live in a village called El Astillero. "I would like to become a doctor to put injections to adults, not to kids”.


My name is Steven. I'm 9 years old and I am in 3rd grade. I study at Salomon Ibarra School. I live with my mom and she does not have a job. We are four kids in my family. When I grow up I want to be a taxi driver. I would like to have notebooks so I can make my homework and learn more things.


Executive Director Impressed with Clinic’s Improvements to Benefit the Poor in Rural Nicaragua

Limon 1, Nicaragua:  Juan Muñoz, Executive Director of The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic, recently travelled to Nicaragua to visit the team.  The purpose of his trip was to assess the updates, supervise changes, provide leadership and support the hardworking staff.

Muñoz had a busy week but was able to accomplish much.  He and some of the staff met with local organizations to develop new partnerships.  He was able to see the building expansion that was created to make room for the Water Treatment and Distribution Project which is finally underway.  Not only did he see the irrigation system and crops growing in the new Huerto Natural, but he was able to present these new programs to the members of the community who will be benefiting from them.

While there, the clinic’s staff members took time to get away for some rest, relaxation, and fun.  They greatly enjoyed their day which consisted of food, team building games, yoga, and dancing.

Muñoz is proud of the clinic’s recent successes and encourages anyone seeking an international healthcare opportunity to check out the clinic’s Volunteer Program.

The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic provides health care to over 12,000 underprivileged Nicaraguans per year.  The clinic provides general and emergency medical care, dental care, ambulatory surgery, lab work, and preventative health education.  The clinic also provides volunteer opportunities for health professionals and students of all levels. Volunteering at The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic is the perfect way to combine benevolence with medical training.

For more information about The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic, visit our website at or call Juan Muñoz at 410-777-8626.

The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic serves as a positive agent for change by saving lives, improving health and making low cost and free medicine available for those most in need.

We are located in a remote area in southwest Nicaragua, - Limon1 - close to Costa Rica, and approximately 12,000 patients  come to the clinic each year.

Your contributions are vital to the continued success of our efforts. 

volunteerabroadnicaragua1While it may be hard to imagine the impact that your financial contribution may have to such a distant community, every dollar helps us to pay for the medical, administative, and logistic costs.  Whether it’s $5, $50, $500 or $5,000, your contribution will make a difference.

Donating only takes a minute, but will have a long-lasting effect on the people of Nicaragua.

You can also volunteer abroad with us, enjoying a nice vacation and doing some public health education in our community.

We constantly welcome volunteers who come to practice what they’ve learned in medical school, doctors and specialists who come to treat patients with special illnesses and many more people who are not medically trained, but just want to help us with our public health care mission.


Volunteering in Nicaragua is very easy. You do not necessarily need to be in the healthcare sector to join our program. We also provide opportunities for people in other fields, such as social work, law, and education.

If you a
re looking for an international volunteer experience and wish to make a positive contribution to humanity, there is no better place than our health clinic.



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