As the old year nears its close in Nicaragua, the Nicaraguan people prepare to let go of it with the beautiful and meaningfull tradition of El Viejo.
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"Someday" came for them on October 28th...
This newsletter is filled with Stories of Hope! We hope you will find your story connecting with ours as you read about the work being done in Nicaragua, because YOU have helped make it all happen!
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
After bumping and sliding through the torrential rain that had settled over Nicaragua, our battered old truck pulled into Chacraseca an hour late. Six women were there, waiting and hoping for us with the patience that people living in extreme poverty develop in order to survive. (In Spanish, the single word "esperanza" means both to wait and to hope.) The women had slugged through miles of muddy fields to be with us, two carrying old, well-worn sewing machines. Their smiles signaled their eagerness to learn something that might equip them to earn a few dollars to help feed their children. Their hope was palpable, radiant -- the kind of stubborn hope that refuses to be defined by poverty, or discouraged by tropical depressions; the kind of hope that dreams big, then rises before dawn, walks for miles, and labors late into the night pursuing those dreams.
"Stitching Hope" is a project of JustHope's newest exploring partner. It is a project to create a sewing center that will give women in Chacraseca a place to use sewing skills to make items for export (like clergy stoles, bags, and t-shirts) and items for local use (like school uniforms).
For several months, Wendi didn't know how she was going to pay her loan. She'd joined the micro-credit group in Chacraseca, and gotten a loan to start a small tortilla business in her home. Then her new baby had to be hospitalized, and her husband lost his job, and Wendi got too sick to work. There was no 'savings account' and Wendi found herself unable to work, unable to feed her child, unable to pay her debt. She was scared. Wendi shared her situation with her micro-credit support group... and along with supporting and encouraging her, they helped her find ways to make ends meet. Wendi's husband is working again; her child is sick but able to be cared for at home...and last week, Wendi made two loan payments. "The women are more than a support group -- they are my family" Wendi said. "They are the reason we made it through this time."
"Mujeres Unidas" is the name the women in Chacraseca have chosen for their microcredit and social business program. They meet once a month; they support one another's businesses; they hold one another ccountable. Not only have they each grown a small business, together they have grown the program to support 55 women. And their repayment rate is 100%
To support any of our partner projects, use the DONATE button below!
JANUARY TEAM NEEDS 2 TRAVELERS!!
Our January 15-22 house-building team needs two more participants. Click here for more information
What's Needed in Nicaragua...
Sewing Supplies: scissors, seam rippers, sewing machine, thread, clip on table lamps, used Pfaff sewing machines
Clinic Supplies: IBprofin; pregnancy tests; latex gloves
Micro-Credit Project-- 55 women in Chacraseca and 30 in Santa Emilia are now active in JustHope's micro-credit project in Chacraseca! Another 25 have their projects ready and are on the waiting list for funding ($200 each)
LaFlor's new Community Tienda is expanding to include selling basic grains and farming supplies - saving LaFlor's family farmers hours and dollars!
The first year of operation is now completed for the Santa Emilia High School started by JustHope partners. 31 men and women (from 18-35) received their diplomas! Education is changing futures!
Our Wine to Water PS effort to fund Scholarships for Children in Chacraseca to attend school has raised $4000 -- enough for 100 children to attend school for a year! Each child will get a uniform, shoes, a backpack, and school supplies!
Chacraseca Summitt 1 is scheduled for Jan 19 and 20. Solidarity partners will be gathering with community leaders to consider more effective ways of working together and for Chacraseca. For more information contact Leslie Penrose
CLEAN WATER SAVES LIVES! For three years, Wine to Water has helped JustHope build water systems in THREE extremely poor communities in Nicaragua - bringing clean water to over 11,000 people and LITERALLY SAVING LIVES! Wine to Water has also supported scholarships for hundreds of school children, and made it possible for women to start small businesses through micro-credit loans.
This year the dreams are even bigger!
Along with stabilizing our water projects, we are starting work on a vocational school where young people can learn carpentry, welding, mechanics, and other technical skills... and starting more small businesses... and equipping a community clinic and lab.
Join us to turn WINE into MORE THAN WATER- intoHOPE!
Please consider helping as Partner in Hope or Sponsor in one of the following ways:
Add your name or company to our program as a Partner in Hope- $25
Wine Pull Sponsor- $50
Wine Flight Sponsor- $100
Table Sponsor (you get all 10 seats at the table of your choice)- $600
Volunteer to Help (click here)
ON-LINE AUCTION coming soon... Preview here.
Our popular on-line auction kicks off Sept 25... watch for beautiful Nicaraguan pottery, vacations, trips, and nights on the town! Hand made purses and jewelry, tickets... collectibles... and more... more... more
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW $50
($60 at the door)
In Santa Emilia we have 32 students ready to graduate in November! (School year in Nicaragua is Feb - Nov). Many of these students are in their 20's and 30's and have been waiting their whole adult life to be able to finish high school!
The school we opened last January has given them that chance! Every Sunday (the school is a Sunday only school because most students have to work six days a week)they walk miles to be able to attend classes... and do their homework late at night during the week after they've finished work. Many have had to choose each week to eat lunch or pay for school supplies.
But they've done it! And they are proud and excited beyond imagination! JustHope is hoping to help the students in their efforts to have a real graduation ceremony -- the cost will be $15 per student.
to sponsor a Graduate- $15!
Email a message of congratulations to be read at their graduation celebration!
In Chacrasec there are 50 new women ready to join JustHope's micro-credit project! They have created their plans, made their budgets, and soon, they'll be growing pigs or planting corn, or selling tortillas from their kitchens. This brings the number of women active in JustHope's micro-credit program to 110! Changing the future one woman at a time!
After getting her very first micro-credit loan to plant her small piece of land with corn, Rita is celebrating that she has harvested 100 sacks of corn! Enough for her to pay her loan, and still have a profit of 70 bags -- which will help feed her family all winter and buy seed corn for next year!
The tractor that JustHope donated in May for the farmers in Chacraseca, has already helped 236 farmers clear, plow, and plant their fields! One farmer recently told us, "This is the first time in my life that I've planted my fields on time. Before I always had to wait until some other owner had finished their land and was willing to rent their tractor to me." And, in gratitude, every farmer has agreed to donate 10% of their crop the new Community Farmer's Market.
YOU MADE ALL THIS POSSIBLE!
THANK YOU to all JustHope's Donor Partners!