JustHope News

Ups and Downs of the Model Farm's First Year

Building the Learning Center at the Model Farm.
Building the Learning Center at the Model Farm.

To get a harvest, you first have to plant the seeds, and 2017 can be defined by the seeds that we planted, both in a metaphorical and actual sense. JustHope’s Model Farm weathered the ups and downs that so often define the agricultural experience in Nicaragua. When planting, you generally put two or more seeds in each hole knowing that some will sprout and some will not. On the Model Farm, we applied the same logic to our endeavors; some ideas flourished, some did not, and some were half-way on the right track. Yet with each harvest, yielding crops or not, knowledge and lessons learned were bountiful.

Abimael seeing his first snow.
Abimael seeing his first snow.

Abimael tells the story of his first trip to the United States. Also, in this newsletter:

  • #GiveHope for the holiday.
  • A documentary film based on the book by JustHope supporter and participant, Dr. Thomas Quinn, won a regional Emmy award.
  • Stop by the JustHope office next week, December 12 and 13, to buy pottery, jewelry, and other items at our pop-up shop.

#GivingTuesday - November 28

Tuesday, Nov 28th is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving. It is a time to take a step back, be thankful for what we have, and make a concerted effort to bless those less fortunate. If you are reading this, it means you care about the communities in Nicaragua, where JustHope works tirelessly to combat poverty and nurture sustainable relationships.

The communities of Chacraseca and La Flor are places, where many families live on as little as $1 per day. People live in plastic-covered shacks and cook their food over an open fire, risking smoke inhalation, to feed their children. These are villages, where basic medical care may be out of reach and clean water is a "pipe dream." It is easy to lose hope when you toil tirelessly on the land for a mediocre yield that barely feeds your family much less provides much-needed income. How can you believe in a bright future when your children's classrooms do not have basic resources for learning?

JustHope is committed to transforming these communities and, through a variety of ambitious programming, tackles these challenges and more. Above all else, we aim to give hope back to these communities.

We ask that, on #GivingTuesday and throughout the holiday season, you join us as we #GiveHope.