Dear La Isla Foundation Supporters,
You are such an important part of La Isla Foundation’s work. I can’t emphasize enough how much the Foundation’s volunteers and staff appreciate your support.
It’s the end of the year, a time for family, and for reflection. I’m writing to make a special year-end request of you. But first, I want to tell you a story, about a family your support is helping.
Sometimes I learn about a family in the La Isla community whose situation really underlines why we do the work that we do. Today I want to tell you about the Granados* family.
Jose Antonio Granados is a longtime friend of Juan Salgado, La Isla Foundation’s co-founder.
Jose’s stepfather died of chronic kidney disease due to working in the sugar cane fields. Jose works in these fields, and now he has the same disease that killed his stepfather.
These fields have employed almost all the men Jose has ever known. The working conditions in these fields contribute to 68% of the men in La Isla developing CKDnT. Jose’s three uncles are sick, and five of his nephews are as well.
Three times a week, Jose travels all the way to Managua for hemodialysis. It’s a long and difficult ride, even for a healthy person. This blood-purifying treatment will never cure Jose. But it gives him precious time that he can spend with his family, including his grandchildren.
La Isla Foundation is collaborating with local hospitals to expand and improve the treatments that save the lives of people with CKDnT. Not everyone is able to make a far trip for treatment. Your donation will help men like Jose get the treatment they need close to home.
Your support will extend lives by improving dialysis in La Isla. Your support will save lives as we continue to work towards prevention of the disease. Will you make a special year-end donation to support this work today?
Jose’s only son works in the same fields that made his grandfather and father sick. His body shows high creatinine levels, a precursor to the CKD caused by his work in the fields. If workplace practices aren’t changed, he will become terminally ill.
I’m grateful to Jose for sharing his family’s story. And, as this year draws to a close, I’m thinking about how grateful I am for supporters like you. Friends like you have enabled us to accomplish so much this year.
In La Isla, families live humble lives. They don’t ask for much, but they deserve to not have their livelihood destroy their health. Your donation will go a long way to help people like Jose in this community. I hope you’ll please join with us in our work and give today.
Co-Founder and President, La Isla Foundation
P.S. Your donation will help Jose’s grandchildren find work other than on the sugar plantation: a donation to La Isla Foundation will also support our education program. Kids are learning English, and soon they’ll gain other skills as well. This will give them employment options other than the cane fields that have taken their grandfathers, dads, and uncles.
*names have been changed to protect privacy.