La Isla Foundation (LIF) is a public health and policy NGO addressing a fatal epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown cause (CKDu) among sugarcane workers in Latin America. You can be part of the solution; donate or find out how you can work with us today.
La Isla Foundation organizes and supports workers and communities impacted by CKDu via micro loan facilitation, alternate job training, language courses and workshops focused on worker and community rights.
Current research focuses on the intersection between crippling dehydration brought on by poor work practices in the cane industry and exposure to as yet undetermined toxins.
La Isla Foundation is working to change government, industry, and consumer policy to protect the health and safety of sugarcane workers. We’re investigating relevant trade regulations, local and international labor laws, and certification processes.
There are many ways to experience Nicaragua and support our work: learning Spanish, volunteering in our programs, and salsa dancing just to name a few!
Our foundation is named after the rural sugarcane worker community of La Isla, Nicaragua, where mortality rates from Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown cause (CKDu) are so high that it is now referred to as La Isla de Viudas or "The Island of Widows"
We are a public health NGO based in León, Nicaragua addressing the CKDu epidemic in several worker communities throughout the agricultural lowlands of Central America.Together with our partners, we facilitate research addressing the cause of the epidemic as well as developing and overseeing community programs.
How can you help?There are many ways. Take Spanish or English classes, learn to dance salsa, practice yoga, or volunteer in one of our programs. All profits support our work. We welcome donations and organizations interested in partnering with us. Please contact us with any comments or questions.
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