Our thanks go out to Nick Mucha and Project WOO for delivering a package from the residents at the Santa Cruz Skilled Nursing Facility (SCSNF) to the seniors at the Jinotepe Senior Center. This is our first exchange of art and letters as part of our new art and cultural exchange. Earth Links, Global Elder Project, Three Americas, Santa Cruz Sister Cities Committee, the JFR Foundation, and Laurel Fujii (the UCSC intern leading activities at SCSNF) are all working together on this connection between the two senior facilities.

Image courtesy of Hesperian Health Guides, www.hesperian.org

Image courtesy of Hesperian Health Guides

Earth Links is also sending along a donation of art supplies for the seniors in Jinotepe, as well as a selection of Hesperian Foundation publications in Spanish for Wave of Optimism’s new community health project.

For those unfamiliar with Hesperian’s publications, their website has an amazing selection of books in nearly thirty languages in both print and digital formats that make health care available to the world’s poor, “Where There Is No Doctor.” See their website, which features an extensive new image database, for more information. We have used their book “Disabled Village Children” in a number of projects and their line drawings are an art form in themselves.