Dear Friends of JustHope,
The JustHope Board of Directors has come to a difficult decision. We will be ending our current operations in Nicaragua effective December 31, 2022. This also means we will be laying off our staff in both Nicaragua and the United States. With sadness and deep gratitude, we thank them for their incredible commitment and effort on behalf of our partner communities.
US and Nicaraguan partners have weathered many challenges together in the past few years. Over the past several months, fundraising has not been enough to sustain our programs for the long-term in a way that lives into our values. To best honor those values, we are choosing to act now, with deliberation and in collaboration with our Nicaraguan partners.
We are in discernment with our staff and partners in Nicaragua about how best to close out our current programs in ways that are mutual, collaborative, and honor our commitments to one another. We are committed to completing specific 2022 initiatives in Chacraseca and La Flor, including promised microcredit loans, the Truck of Hope, a cemetery for La Flor, and our annual backpack scholarship drive. You can still contribute to the backpack drive.
We anticipate inviting supporters to join us in a conference call in the next few months to explore possible ways to continue JustHope's mission. If you would like to stay informed of that meeting, please respond to this simple form.
Many thanks for your solidarity and support.
Chair, Board of Directors