As news of the violence we have seen in many parts of Nicaragua over the last few days has started to spread around the world, we wish to communicate to our supporters, and to the vulnerable and marginalised communities which we serve, that we remain committed to our mission of providing practical and technical assistance in support of sustainable development. Ever since we were founded more than twelve years ago, our vision has been “a just and free society in which we are all able to fulfil our God-given potential, looking to the interests of others as well as ourselves”. As such, we are deeply saddened by these tragic events and appeal to all sectors of society for a peaceful and just solution. We will continue to provide assistance to those in need regardless of their political or religious beliefs. We strive to be peacemakers and support open discussion, listening with respect to the opinions of others. We encourage our staff and supporters and the people we serve to express their own opinions without, as an organisation, promoting any political agenda. We pray for peace and reconciliation in our country.
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15/05/2017 - In a recent team meeting, a chance conversation made the Nuevas Esperanzas team think of just how long we have been working alongside the families from El Ojochal de Listón. Enrique talked about Marcial and his son Donald. Carlos talked about Donald and his son Alex. Three generations continue to be involved in working to improve their lives through a variety of projects.
19/10/2016 - Finding enough water every day is a huge challenge for the rural communities where Nuevas Esperanzas works, especially at this this time of year. In the second year of drought caused by the El Niño phenomenon, many families are finding that their usual sources of water are drying up or flowing more slowly than in the past.
15/09/2016 - When Nuevas Esperanzas first started the beekeeping project in three mountain communities on the slopes of the Telica Volcano, Juan Orozco from Agua Fría was part of the group. For eight months, from late 2010 to mid-2011, Juan learned the basic techniques of beekeeping leaving him able of managing his own hives.
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.