Gran Pacifica Continues Its Mission of Giving Back

Posted by Adam McGeehan on May 31, 2016 5:37:00 PM

Once again, Gran Pacifica is continuing to support projects that give back to the local community. The recent groundbreaking of the Roberto Clemente Clinic III is just the beginning when it comes to community engagement and activism done by Gran Pacifica all over Nicaragua. 

The story of Gran Pacifica’s involvement in Nicaragua begins about 25 years ago, when its founders, Michael Cobb and Joel Nagel, first came to Nicaragua. Although not initially a business trip, they were able to found the first Roberto Clemente Clinic in La Reforma in northern Nicaragua, with the help of the Pittsburgh Rotary Club.

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Soon after that trip, the two Rotarians flew back to Nicaragua and purchased the land that would one day become Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort. Since its founding 15 years ago, Gran Pacifica has grown immensely. It has been able to provide jobs to hundreds in the neighboring communities, and is in fact the largest employer in the Villa el Carmen region.

In the years that followed, two additional health clinics have been founded and Gran Pacifica thankfully has been able to be a part of it. The second health clinic built was actually founded when Rancho Santana, another resort along Nicaragua’s coast and a competitor of Gran Pacifica, asked Gran Pacifica for help in starting a clinic in their region. Gran Pacifica was of course more than happy to help, and with that the Roberto Clemente Clinic II in Tola was founded.

Now, finally, Gran Pacifica and its officers have been able to break ground on the Roberto Clemente Clinic III, which is located in the Villa el Carmen region, just outside of the gates of the Gran Pacifica Resort, built on land donated by Gran Pacifica. It will serve the community that has worked to build and aid Gran Pacifica, to make it the world class resort it is today.

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Gran Pacifica would not have been able to accomplish these tasks alone. They have worked with many other organizations, such as the Pittsburgh Rotary Club, Help Them Help Themselves, which is a philanthropic organization run by Gran Pacifica Vacations owner Patrick Hiebert, Travel To Do Good, a group headed by Roslyn Parker which engages in “voluntourism,” a combination of volunteerism opportunities with international aspects. They have also had the tremendous help and work from wonderful people like Dr. Carl Ross at Robert Morris University. Dr. Ross has been to Nicaragua over 100 times in the past 15 years, and always brings with him a group of nursing students who help those in need, both in the cities and in the countryside. And finally, the tireless work done by Dr. Lori Glaser-Zakem has been well received by communities all over Nicaragua. It truly has been a group effort to give back to the community, and one that Gran Pacifica is proud to be a part of.

I will leave you with some words from Gran Pacifica’s chairman Mike Cobb, “It’s time, not just the money; it’s money and time.  And when you can get both of those together, you get a powerful combination that creates sustainability, which is vital, so that these clinics don’t just get started and abandoned, but are able to maintain, providing service to their communities into the future.”

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Adam McGeehan

Written by Adam McGeehan

Adam is a recent graduate of Allegheny College. There he majored in Economics with a minor in Spanish. He has always been interested in traveling abroad and is thrilled to have recently taken up residence in Managua, Nicaragua to work as an intern for ECI Development. He is excited to take in all of the culture of this wondrous nation.

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