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a US Partner group posing with a Nicaraguan family

In just a few days, JustHope will conduct its first official PartnerTrip of 2019 with a mixed group, including some board members, visiting our partner community of Chacraseca, Nicaragua. JustHope Founder Leslie Penrose and Director of Partnerships Marc St. Martin were in Nicaragua earlier in May to meet with community partners and found them eager to welcome old friends!

Last month around 1 billion people in nearly 192 countries participated in environmental activities to celebrate Earth Day. While we’ve seen incredible achievements in environmental conservation, education and activism, there is still much to be done. This holds true for our Nicaraguan partner communities as well. In this newsletter, we take a look at “green” JustHope programs.

two people overlook an empty concrete cistern while rain clouds loom in the distance

Nicaragua is especially vulnerable to climate change due to its geographic position. Since the 1960s, Nicaragua’s mean annual temperature has increased about half a degree (F) each decade. This has resulted in a drastic decrease in total rainfall (5-6% each decade) yet heavy, monsoon-like rains during the traditional rainy season. Check out the World Bank Climate Change Knowledge Portal for more data on how Nicaragua has been impacted.