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On the 1st November Nuevas Esperanzas will celebrate its 11th birthday. Wow, 11 years already! We would like to invite you to join us in celebrating by working for us for the day by donating one day’s salary. Without your support the work we have accomplished and all the work which lies ahead would not be possible.
As our special day approaches, we have been reflecting on the challenges we have faced in our work over the years. One thing in particular stands out – just how remote, isolated and marginalised are the communities where we implement our projects.
29/04/2016 - Two years into the drought which has affected much of Central America, the water situation in the community of Agua Fría has become critical. The spring which flowed freely only a couple of years ago has dried up and nothing but a trickle is left lower downstream. As the dry season continued, the 500 families affected became increasingly concerned about where they would find water to drink, to wash, to cook until the rains came.
30/03/2016 - Nicaraguan law states that every community should have a water and sanitation committee, known as CAPS. CAPS are democratically elected by the community, and their purpose is to ensure there is a good water supply and improved sanitation in the local area. They are regulated by the national water authority but do not receive funds from the government, instead relying on fees from community members.
02/11/2015 - At the end of last month, Nuevas Esperanzas warmly welcomed Swiss visitors Alain and Sylvie Schwaar, from the organisation Dire et Agir. The Schwaars have an extensive background in working with community members to overcome conflicts throughout the world, particularly in Haiti and Angola. We invited them to visit the communities of Agua Fría and El Ojochal de Listón to facilitate workshops that dealt with cooperation and domestic violence. They were well received by community members, and it is our hope that those living on the Telica volcano will continue to grapple with and educate others on the concepts they learned.
20/10/2015 - The tourism project in the community of Agua Fría on the Telica Volcano is in full swing. The market for tourism on the volcano is currently dominated by external tourism organisations. The central aim of this project is to see a share of profits stay within the communities who live in this beautiful area. Members of the tourism cooperative have established solid foundations for the construction of a hostel, a visitors’ centre and café. This is one of the reasons why Nuevas Esperanzas recruited a giant new member to the team: the UNIMOG.