Our primitive engineers and advance-party core team returned to the other side of Nicaragua (San Juan de Nicaragua) in 2013 and built a large, slow-sand water filtration system from local materials for the town clinic. This is now the only source of clean drinking water for the town.
Herbal Medics purchased an outboard motor for the only local healer for the local indigenous Indian tribe (Rama Indians) in order to help facilitate his ability to obtain medicinal plants from upriver. He has provided superlative health care for the local people for over 50 years in this region, but due to his age, it has become difficult for him to continue his work without some type of help in traveling up and down river for miles.
Additionally Herbal Medics sent a botanical-medicine specialist to live and work with this healer for a short time, in order to begin the work of documenting local medicinal plants and their usage.
In 2013, Herbal Medics also purchased a full-size school bus and has begun the design phase of converting the bus into a mobile herbal clinic and teaching lab. Aside from providing free plant medicine in medically undeserved areas in South Texas, the bus will be used to demonstrate and organize community gardening and food/medicine gardening techniques that include raised bed, wicking bed, aquaponics, vermiculture composting and more.