La Isla Foundation Co-Founder Jason Glaser embarked to Central America in 2008 to investigate human rights abuses in the banana industry for his documentary film Banana Land. On his trip, Jason met former sugar cane cutter and community leader Juan Salgado, who introduced him to the epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of non Traditional Causes (CKDnT), which he learned was killing thousands of sugarcane workers every year. Outside the Nicaraguan city of Chichigalpa, the small community of La Isla is referred to as “La Isla de las Viudas” (“The Island of Widows”), reflecting the reality of life in a community where many men were dying young, leaving behind their families.
After losing a friend, a father of four who died of CKDnT, Glaser changed course. He put his film project on hold, and together with Juan Salgado, founded La Isla Foundation in March of 2008. With our partners, we have built a powerful international network of experts in public health, nephrology, geography, environmental science, psychology, epidemiology and law from leading universities and institutions dedicated to CKDnT research and interventions. LIF works at the intersection of public health and human rights to reverse the rising rates of the epidemic.
Facilitate research to find the causes of CKDnT and implement interventions.
Strengthening protective policies and ensuring compliance.
Empowering communities through infrastructure projects and
Creating bridges between those affected and the broader global public.
Co-Founder and CEO
Co-Founder and President
BOARD OF DIRECTORS – US
Vice Chair of Policy and Governance
Vice Chair of Finance and Fundraising
BOARD OF DIRECTORS – NICARAGUA
LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Director, Law & Human Rights
Director of Community Development
Maria Eugenia Cantillano
MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS
EDUCATION AND HOSPITALITY
Manager of Educational Programs
Facilities and Hospitality Manager
Spanish School Coordinator
HR Coordinator of Interns and Volunteers
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