Thanks to all who supported our April Bridge Builder Campaign!
Throughout the month of April, members of the Nicaragua Board in Ann Arbor reached out for recurring, monthly donations to support the expansion and sustainability of the Project. The success of this campaign has helped put us on a more secure financial footing. We appreciate the generosity of our supporters!
Donations, one time and recurring, are always welcome. There are several options to make a recurring donation. You can click on the DONATE button and you will see the opportunity to set up an automatic, monthly donation through a PayPal account. Alternatively, you can use online banking to have checks automatically sent to us at Nicaragua Project, P. O. Box 1931, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. The checks can be made out to the Nicaragua Project. If you prefer the “classic” approach, you can write your own checks and mail it to our P.O. Box. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you are making a monthly pledge so that we can count you in towards our matching contribution challenge.
While we use PayPal to process our donations, a PayPal account is not required for one-time donations. Any major card is accepted.
We completed a bridge!
We are so grateful to the ten people who have signed up to be Bridge Builders, triggering the $100 challenge donation.
The El Puente Cooperativa in Catarina, Nicaragua has to date created six regular and 52 short-term jobs. During this pandemic, we are supporting one part-time administrator, one full-time caretaker, including housing for his family, and three canine assistants. We would also like to continue with honorariums for the five Cooperativa Board Members. Our hope is that having a large number of modest-sized monthly contributors will provide us the means with which to continue our monthly contributions to El Puente. Unfortunately, as of this writing, we have funds left for only about one more month of this support. Please sign up to be a Bridge Builder today.
The Chicken Project and the Irrigation Project are now fully funded, thanks to generous contributions from members of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation that pushed us over the top!
Chickens will provide eggs and meat, protein that is often out-of-reach for many. The chickens will also add fertilizer to the organic compost.
The eco-friendly irrigation system will expand their limited water capacity to grow a wider variety of crops for sale and consumption. Water is scarce in the area, especially in the dry season.
Thanks to Silvia Nolasco-Rivers of Pilar’s for hosting another Classes for a Cause:
COOKING WITH PILAR’S
A Cooking Class Fundraiser to support our partners in Nicaragua, Cooperative El Puente.
Learn more about Pilar’s at www.PilarsTamales.com
Stay tuned for more Classes for a Cause!
The Nicaragua Project does Zoom
Live Update from Nicaragua
May 26, 2020
We have been receiving multiple requests for information on how our brothers & sisters in Nicaragua are doing during this crisis. We decided to take advantage of our new technology for a better response and enable those who wish, to directly hear from them (and see them)!
On Tuesday, May 26th, we heard from representatives from our partner group and a few members of their community and families. They told us about the challenges faced by their communities with the COVID crisis coming on top of already existing economic challenges.
Despite the challenges, they identified a path forward:
1. Install an irrigation system for new crops, taking advantage of the water tanks they have already installed.
2. Build facilities to raise chickens as a source of eggs and meat for their community.
3. Locally produce washable masks for use in the current and future pandemics.
Please consider contributing to help in these important initiatives:
While we use PayPal to process our donations, a PayPal account is not required. Any major card is accepted.
Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America, and poverty has been an issue there for some time. Yet with recent tax changes and decreasing jobs, it has increased dramatically. A little bit of help can go a long way. Let’s make a lasting difference.
We’ve completed construction of our first cultural exchange building in Nicaragua, creating 6 regular and 52 short-term jobs. In a region where unemployment is high and underemployment affects half of the working population, job creation is an important part of our effort.
To date, our site improvements have included establishing the utilities infrastructure, including two water towers, the cultural exchange building, a guard house, restrooms, and the beginnings of a storage room and an outdoor kitchen. Landscaping is in progress as is planting and cultivation of fruit trees.
We have sent numerous delegations to Nicaragua. Our trips to Nicaragua have temporarily been suspended due to the COVID-19 situation. Our decision to resume these trips will be based on advice from both international and local medical experts.
Help us keep the momentum going.
Every little bit helps.
The Nicaragua Project is a project of Capital to Bridge the Divide, a 501 (c) (3) organization
You can support the project by registering with Capital to Bridge the Divide on smile.amazon.com and iGive.com. then shop online as you normally would and a portion of what you spend will be donated to the project.