At JustHope we use a simple question to help guide our planning, decision-making, and daily tasks: "How does what we are doing 'create global partnerships'?"
As Nicaraguans struggle for their democracy - with huge, peaceful demonstrations, difficult national dialogues, and occasional outbreaks of violence and rage - it's more critical than ever that JustHope intentionally examines our role. What does it mean for those of us in the United States to "create global partnerships" in the midst of Nicaragua's civil unrest and political turmoil? How do we honor our core values of Solidarity, Mutuality, Collaboration, and Sustainability as we accompany our Nicaraguan neighbors in this confusing and painful time? I offer some reflections grounded in JustHope's history and philosophy and invite you to share your thoughts as well.
We are deeply saddened by the events of the past weeks and want to thank you for your understanding as we adapt to the changing landscape in Nicaragua. JustHope remains committed to the mission of creating global partnerships that combat extreme poverty and nurture sustainable community.
By continuing programming in Chacraseca and La Flor, JustHope is living out its core values of solidarity, sustainability, mutuality and collaboration.
JustHope's work continues as we stand in solidarity with our Nicaraguan neighbors. Our PartnerTrip program, which has been temporarily suspended, generates 30% of JustHope's annual operating fund.
In order to ensure long-term sustainability of our programs, we ask that you consider making a donation to JustHope's Sustainability Fund.
Medical students Nicole Lighthouse and Samantha James were inspired by JustHope’s Social Enterprise programs during a medical outreach trip to Chacraseca in May of 2016. They returned to school and conducted several fundraisers and education campaigns on-campus to raise funds for a microloan.