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.