We’re entering 2018 with a collective spirit of a renewed commitment to reinvent, grow and improve. Improve the community efforts towards repairing and restoring those homes lost at the hand of natural disasters. Improve the quality of education and career opportunities available to young people in Nicaragua. Improve the protection of and opportunities for women.
I’m going to be honest, 2017 was a difficult year. Both locally and globally. We’re living in the wake of controversial presidential elections both in Nicaragua and the United States. Tropical storm Nate battered the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua leaving thousands without electricity and some without homes. And the surfacing wave of “me too” stories from brave women around the world shattered trust among many organizations and relationships.
Despite everything we’ve experienced last year, there are really good things happening in Nicaragua right now.
Blue and the folks at Rancho Chilamate (with your help) raised over $9,000 to rebuild and repair storm damaged homes in the community of Escamequita. Escuela Adelante added a new supplement ESL program and now serves 110 local Nicaraguan children from 4 – 14 years old. Comunidad Connect is partnering up with the Casa Llanta Fund to launch “Chicas Fuertes”, a girls sports initiative to promote gender equity and empowerment. And Condimentos del Carizal, the women’s jam collective pictured above and founded in 2007, has expanded to offer community lunches under their newly constructed palapa.
As an online media publication in Nicaragua, we feel it is vital to evolve with the changing landscape of our village and give back to non-profit organizations working to improve local lives.
So as we enter into 2018, you’re going to see a renewed focus on highlighting and helping non-profit organizations in Nicaragua that serve to protect the environment, empower women and improve education for local children.
Here’s a few ways that you can join us in making a difference in Nicaragua in 2018.
- Donate your used sports equipment or make a financial donation to Chicas Fuertes to promote gender equity and empower young women in San Juan del Sur.
- Purchase homemade jam from the Carizal women’s jam cooperative in San Juan del Sur. You’ll find it for sale at Pan de Vida.
- Become a student sponsor at Escuela Adelante. You can make a one time donation or offer monthly support. Find out more here.
- It’s still not too late to join the community rebuilding efforts in response to the Tropical Storm Nate. You can donate directly to the Escamequita Emergency Food & Shelter here.