The Connection

The Connection

By Comunidad Connect
Social Distancing might keep us physically apart, but by no means are we any less connected than before. In fact, we might even grow closer as friends and stronger as a community as we all look for ways forward during these trying times. One thing is for sure, we are ALL in this together and a little bit of positivity goes a very long way!

Over the coming weeks and months, we will bring to you a virtual variety show with segments about music and musicians, reports from the field, guest interviews, live events, and recorded podcasts from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and the USA.
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Building Community Week 1
Happy Friday! This week our community raised $1,400 towards our goal of $7,500 to build three houses in rural Nicaragua. Over the next two weeks, please consider a gift that will change the lives of three families for generations to come.  Today we hear from Director of Community Development, Yarisleidy Cortez, about why shy builds houses and what this means for families in rural Nicaragua.
06:10
May 1, 2020
Musical Monday Week 63: James Sedgewick Part 2
Today we are honored to reunite with an old musical friend. James Sedgewick is a Canadian born singer and multi-instrumentalist whose path crossed with Jon Thompson in the early 2000s as he was helping to lay a foundation for the live music scene in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. Over the years, James and his wife Monica opened the iconic Coquito's bar and restaurant in SJdS and cultivated a vibrant community of musicians throughout the country. James has traveled and performed across the world, playing a variety of musical genres such as Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Latin, Country and Electronic music.   In this interview, James performs 'Low budget love' and Live your life' from his new album entitled "Sedgwick and Shingles". The full album is on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and anywhere else good music is found. In this episode, Jon and James remember Coquito's bar, discuss live music in Nicaragua, and how the coronavirus is affecting the musicians and their music.   Amazon Music: https://bit.ly/SedgwickShingles
26:02
April 27, 2020
Musical Monday Week 63: James Sedgewick Part 1
Today we are honored to reunite with an old musical friend. James Sedgewick is a Canadian born singer and multi-instrumentalist whose path crossed with Jon Thompson in the early 2000s as he was helping to lay a foundation for the live music scene in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. Over the years, James and his wife Monica opened the iconic Coquito's bar and restaurant in SJdS and cultivated a vibrant community of musicians throughout the country. James has traveled and performed across the world, playing a variety of musical genres such as Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Latin, Country and Electronic music.   In this interview, James performs 'Low budget love' and Live your life' from his new album entitled "Sedgwick and Shingles". The full album is on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and anywhere else good music is found. In this episode, Jon and James remember Coquito's bar, discuss live music in Nicaragua, and how the coronavirus is affecting the musicians and their music.  Amazon Music: https://bit.ly/SedgwickShingles
23:24
April 27, 2020
Episode 8: Doug Gardenhire
Today we caught back up with Director of Respiratory Therapy at GA State University, Doug Gardenhire, to discuss the changing landscape since our last conversation, the global Respiratory Therapy community, and misconceptions relating to the reopening of states.    Treating COVID-19 Q&A: https://bit.ly/TreatingCovid-19   GSU RT alumni on the front lines: https://bit.ly/gsucovid19
18:04
April 24, 2020
Episode 7 - Dr. Jason DeCaro and Kohl Dothage
In this episode, we hear from Dr. Jason DeCaro and Kohl Dothage about their longitudinal research in the community of Los Robles, Nicaragua, the challenges facing mothers and children there, and community resilience in the midst of adversity.   Dr. DeCaro is professor of Biocultural Medical and Psychological Anthropology at the University of Alabama and Kohl is a Ph.D. student in the same field who has spent the last several summers in Nicaragua conducting research.
37:31
April 16, 2020
Dominican Republic Project Coordinator, Eliesel Hernandez
We spoke with our Dominican Republic Project Coordinator, Eliesel Hernandez, about how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting life on the island, the challenges moving forward, and how neighbors are supporting each other during this difficult time
10:23
April 10, 2020
Interview with Dr. Ben Thrower
Jon Thompson speaks with Dr. Ben Thrower about how the current outbreak is affecting treatment for patients at the MS Institute at the Shepherd Center, the outlook for rural communities like Los Robles, Nicaragua, and how to make simple disinfectants with household items.
11:36
April 3, 2020
Nicaragua Update with Yarisleidy Cortez, Director of Community Development
Yarisleidy gives updates about the current state of affairs in Nicaragua in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.  -The government has yet to implement strict stay-at-home orders.  -However, Nicaraguan citizens, private businesses and nonprofits are taking actions themselves to follow social distance and health protocols. -Starting last week, Comunidad Connect delivered 3 months of medicine and food while distributing masks and hand sanitizer through our Together For Health and Food For Good program. Team members are working from home.  -People in Los Robles are fearful of what they have seen of social media -Most community residents live day-to-day and will have to continue to work despite the risks.  -There has been an increased awareness of the importance of handwashing within the community. -In San Juan del Sur, the community is taking the issue more seriously
15:13
April 3, 2020
Conversation with Doug Gardenhire, Director of Respiratory Therapy at GA State University
Today we spoke with the Director of Respiratory Therapy at Georgia State University, Doug Gardenhire, about the current COVID-19 outbreak, ventilators, and community solidarity during this difficult time. GSU, one of the largest respiratory therapy programs in the country, has and will continue to play an instrumental role in preparing respiratory therapists for work in the United States and abroad.
15:21
April 3, 2020
Wednesday Snapshot- Jairo Alberto Arcila
Today is Wednesday, March 25, 2020. It is also the 50th Wednesday Snapshot that we've done here. It is the time each week where we lift up and recognize someone who has inspired us to think or act differently. In the spirit of celebrating our 50th snapshot, we will be doing it virtually.  This is a time where a lot of us are socially distant and physically separated, but our connectivity has become more important than ever before. 
01:49
March 26, 2020
Musical Monday Week 58: Eddie Palmieri
Si Echo Pa'lante- Youtube, Spotify Hey Everybody, Jon Thompson here with Comunidad Connect. Welcome to the first-ever live Musical Monday. These are days we have dedicated to bring you inspiring music and musicians, particularly now in a time of physical isolation, there is no need to be disconnected. We have a large community and I just want to give a shoutout to everybody listening and supporting us. This is a trying time, but also one of resilience and solidarity...
02:58
March 23, 2020