The Olive Tree, Inc. was started by a group of individuals from several regions of the United States who are concerned about the underprivileged and underserved in Nicaragua. Because many of us are in the medical profession we offer medical services. This includes providing medications, fluoride treatments and eye glasses. As an extension of this goal we educate the people about sanitation and water purification, animal-caused diseases, and nutrition. We have encouraged USA students on their university spring break to join us. As they provide community service, they also learn about socioeconomic issues affecting others. We have helped groups start micro businesses in these economically challenged areas so they are more able to support themselves, with no money needing to be returned to the Olive Tree. We have also provided support through a local church for a feeding program and health screenings for school children in underprivileged areas.
The specific objectives and purposes of this corporation shall be:
(a) To provide medical services to those in need who might otherwise not receive care.
(b) To provide medications to those that cannot afford to purchase medications themselves.
(c) To teach about health.
(d) To provide support – financial or other during times of crisis in the community.
(e) To provide educational opportunities to a few people in need.
We solicit in our local communities to raise both funds and awareness. Those participating in the mission trips have also donated funds. We ask for money, products, and medical materials from businesses and other organizations. Among other things, we have received free printing services for our clinic forms, refurbished medical instruments and supplies, dental flouride kits, kids’ backpacks and small cloth bags in which to carry soap and toothbrushes, and medicines. We are very grateful for these gifts, as are the recipients.
In the past, our trips have lasted for 3 to 4 weeks. Most of our delegation volunteers come for 8-15 days. Coordinators come for 3 l/2 – 4 weeks. Coming for at least 8 days gives you a chance to donate your services and to have 1-3 days of visiting Nicaragua.
We have 501(c)3 non-profit status, which helps us extend our dollars further, by enabling tax deductions for US taxpayers.