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Portraits of Nicaragua — PeaceWorks January 2016

boys behind wall El PorvenirIn January 2016 I went to Nicaragua as part of a delegation of PeaceWorks, a non-profit organization that works with communities throughout Nicaragua. Visit the website at http://peaceworks.org/ We visited Cusmapa where PeaceWorks works with a women’s collective that makes crafts from pine needles and with various agricultural projects dedicated to organic and natural farming;  Palacagúina where we work with local farming communities, and where we climbed a mountain; Las Peñitas where we relaxed on the beach after a week in the mountains, and where we help fund a project that harvests eggs of sea turtles and returns them to the sea as they hatch; El Porvenir, a coffee growing cooperative on a remote mountain, (best coffee I’ve ever had) where we funded a medical clinic; Las Pipitas which works with developmentally disabled children; Inhijambia, which works with street children in Managua, the capital and Axayactl, a women’s empowerment group fighting violence against women and promoting women’s economic development and social justice.  Theses are some of the people we met along the way.

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Nicaraguan sunset

as the sun sinks slowly in the West ...


Mother and Son

Mother and disabled child

This was taken in Managua, Nicaragua in one of the poorest slums in one of the poorest cities in the hemisphere. I was deeply moved by the love and tenderness of the mother toward her son who is severely disabled.


My Nicaragua journey

Aponte Abuela and nieta

El Porvenir 4 boys

In January 2014 I went to Nicaragua as part of a delegation of PeaceWorks, a non-profit organization that works with communities throughout Nicaragua. We visited Cusmapa where PeaceWorks is helping to develop an ecotourism site, and works with a women’s collective that makes crafts from pine needles; Regádio where we helped a project that brings water from a spring outside the village directly to people’s houses; Palacagúina where we work with local farming communities, Las Peñitas where we help fund a project that harvests eggs of sea turtles and returns them to the sea as they hatch; El Porvenir, a coffee growing cooperative on a remote mountain, (best coffee I’ve ever had) where we funded a medical clinic, Inhijambia, which works with street children in Managua, the capital and Axayactl, a women’s empowerment group fighting violence against women and promoting women’s economic development including an innovative pig raising project. .

These are some of the people and things that I saw.

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Sunset in the mountains at Cusmapa Nicaragua

sunset Cusmapa

Cusmapa is a town in the northern mountains of Nicaragua. I visited it in January 2014 as part of a delegation from Peaceworks, a non profit organization that supports various projects throughout Nicaragua


Street Children of Managua, Nicaragua

Tres amigosIn January of this year I visited Nicaragua with Peaceworks, a group dedicated to supporting communities in Nicaragua in common struggle for justice, human rights, and sustainable economies. Among the projects supported by Peaceworks is Inhijambia, an organization dedicated to helping the street children of Managua, Nicaragua’s capital, children who have never had a childhood. Many go out to “earn” for their families one day and never go back. They find a “new family” on the street, but they find glue and a whole new world of violence. The addictive glue suppresses their hunger — an escape from reality, from the pain of survival. On the street, the children form living communities, called focos. In the foco, the girls usually match up with a boyfriend or “marido”. The marido normally sends his girlfriend out to prostitute so that he can eat and buy things for himself. The girls receive physical and sexual abuse from their maridos and clients. Many of the boys steal to make their way on the streets.

Inhijambia is currently the only project in Nicaragua dedicated to taking these children away from the scourge of drug addiction and prostitution and moving them to self-sufficiency and entry into  mainstream Nicaraguan society. Its focus is the prevention of drug addiction, HIV-contamination and prostitution of young girls in the high-risk sections of Managua. Its goals are to motivate the young drug addicted to quit the high-risk sections and the focos; to provide professional, educational and nutritional aid programs for the children, and ultimately to help young people to acquire a job after education and help them to live independently.

The slideshow consists of  portraits of some of the children and staff (in light blue shirts) of Inhijambia.  I was particularly struck by the sad eyes and hopeful attitudes of the children.

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