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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.

JustHope Founder Leslie Penrose, with Wine for Water 2017 Honorary Chair Ted Campbell
JustHope Founder Leslie Penrose, with Wine for Water 2017 Honorary Chair Ted Campbell

Address delivered by JustHope Founder Leslie Penrose at Wine for Water 2017

Wow, was it really 32 years ago that I stood on that mountain top in Nicaragua with a small group of farmers who were joyfully showing me the amazing crops they had produced on the land that had been given to them by their new Revolutionary Government?

“What’s different now,” I asked… “What’s different than when your dictator owned this land and you farmed for him?” There was a long pause…

“We’ve always had hope,” one old farmer said firmly… “But now our Hope has the strong legs of Justice.”

Has it really been 32 years that I’ve been trying to figure out what it would mean for my life’s work, to try and “give hope the strong legs of justice… “?