Learn About Mama
Alicia Huete, or "Mama Licha" as she is known in the community,
lives in Estelí, a town in the northern highlands of Nicaragua.
She has run a clinic out of her home, open 24 hours a day to everyone
in her community for years. On her reputation alone, she acquired the
bare essentials of what it takes to offer services from her home. Her
kitchen was subdivided by a single partition where she was seeing
patients often with a head lamp because the lighting was so
Mama Licha's mission is a selfless dedication to her community,
working to provide needed services to those with few resources. As a
human rights activist she has always seen all patients regardless of
their ability to pay. She is beloved by the community and has worked
as a nurse and a midwife for 34 years persevering through the
Revolution and then the Contra War. Just like many midwives
throughout the world, out of a deep sense of dedication to the lives
of women and children, she believes that in order to create a healthy
community, it must start with treating the whole woman, to in turn
raise a healthy family.
Her vision has always been clear and her resolve unmatchable.
Understanding the critical need for improving access to reproductive
health services in Nicaragua, Mama teamed up with Juntos Adelante to
build a free-standing clinic for women's health and natural
childbirth. After much work and incredible support from friends,
family, and partner organizations, the team raised sufficient funds to
build the clinic and equip it with donations of necessary supplies and
medications. The clinic's mission is to realize Mama's lifetime work
by providing compassionate care and dignity in their health care
choices. The clinic's first birth occurred in September 2004!