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Preparing for 2019 trip

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I will be leaving for Nicaragua on 20/1.  I have obtained an additional suitcase and will be taking both equipment for the school and things for the community and family.

I have been donated a teddy bear by someone from Billingshurst Unitarian Chapel, children's clothing and stationery by Susan, Elizabeth  and Esther, baby clothes by Sue, a huge amount of stationery by Rotary club Farnham, (some has been boxed up for the containers, but I am taking enough to make up teacher's packs.  Through searching for a case on Facebook, I have been donated a trumpet by Kath, and Cult pens have provided a donation of extra pens when I ordered sharpeners from them.




The question is going to be, which extra suitcase do I need?
I am also hoping that the box that was sent out in May, will arrive before I do!
I have also received some kind donations with my Christmas cards.


Boxes of equipment are en route

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On Friday 12th October I was invited to attend the loading of a container destined for Nicaragua, the first for a year.  It was my first visit to the warehouse, and I was overwhelmed by its capacity and the stock collected there.  I watched as the Peace and Hope team loaded hospital equipment, mattresses, beds, chairs, crutches and squeezed in various boxes I had gathered during the year for The Rafaela Herrera School and the local community.
Finally we waved goodbye as the lorry headed off to a port where it will depart in about a week.  Its transit and then release of the goods through customs is an unknown timescale and this time I have to arrange for someone to collect the boxes as no ground team will be going. Fortunately I have developed a wide web of contacts.

 One of the strongmen!  Everything is recorded, numbered and checked.  Boxes for Rafaela Herrera  mmm My boxes, where are they, a needle in a haystack!  There is a system and a great team of volunteers working every week. …

Next Year's uniforms 2019

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The schools,Rafaela Herrera and Santa Teresa gathered data to identify those needing school unifrm for 2019.

The following was sent by the Deputy Headteacher, Amada Griselda Cruz Barrios


On Thursday, 8 November 2018, 20:21:45 GMT, Griselda Cruz. <cruzbarriosgriselda@gmail.com> wrote:

hola profesora, Carolyn estamos terminando el primer informe JODE Y MI PERSONA, CREO QUE ES ASI,.. ... ESPECIAL AGREDECIMENTO DE PARTE DE LA DIRECCIÓN DEL NER ..RAFAELA HERRERA POR HABERNOS PERMITIDO LOGRAR LA COBERTURA DE LA MATRICULA ESCOLAR DE NUESTRO CENTRO, BENEFICIANDO A NUESTRO NIÑOS Y NIÑAS  CON UNIFORMES ESCOLARES ,FAVORECIÓ A LA ECONOMÍA DE LOS PADRES DE FAMILIA, HUBO PERMANENCIA DE LOS NIÑOS Y NIÑAS BENEFICIADOS EN LAS AULAS DE CLASES,MOTIVACIÓN POR ASISTIR  A CLASES TANTO DEL PADRE COMO   LOS ESTUDIANTES. INCENTIVAR A MEJORAR LA CALIDAD DEL APRENDIZAJE... GRACIAS POR AYUDAR CADA DÍA A SER MEJORES. AGRADECIENDO. ATTE: JOSE ANTONIO RUIZ, AMADA GRISELDA CRUZ BARRIOS, MAYELA PAIZANO RUIZ.. 



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Fundraising activities and donations link

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Activities to support the education and welfare of children on Ometepe Island NIcaragua
Donations can now be made through the website of the Peace and Hope Trust who are supporting the project with transporting goods and with donations through their charity status. This adds a further 25% onto eligible donations through gift aid. The Peace and Hope Trust
Use donate button and Click Carolyn Gibbs at bottom left of page. If you wish to make a monthly donation, click 'donate monthly ' on Peace and Hope site, click highlighted text link, for additional instructions, and enter Gibbs-Ometepe project. 

All payments are cross checked between the Peace and Hope trust and myself monthly to ensure nothing is incorrectly accredited.

Thank you to all who supported us at Billifest.  So far we have raised just over £600, with some more donations expected.

The next time I plan to exhibit will be at The Laughing Dog Gallery with friends 19th-31st August
The Octagon, 31 Mariner's Quay, Brighton BN…

Community support for the project

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On Sunday 7th October I was able to talk to the congregation of The Billingshurst Unitarian Chapel about the project.  Stuart Coupe who led the service had designed a Nicaraguan themed service for the Harvest Festival using the writings of Ernesto Cardenal.

This was another step in developing links and support in the local Community.


Just to say thanks for Sunday- it was perfect in content and length and  the feedback has been very positive regarding working with you. It  really helped to galvanise interest and spread understanding.

The Chapel Billingshurst
1 October at 11:54 ·  Our HARVEST SERVICE this Sunday, 7th October at 10.30am will be led by Stuart Coupe. Carolyn Gibbs from The Peace and Hope Trust will give a short talk about the trust and moneys raised from produce brought will go towards the charity. All welcome.

Ongoing support for Rafaela Herrera Primary School- special celebrations

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In August a request was received to support the children's participation in their national festival celebrations, part of which are taking place in the school. Because of the current crisis parents cannot contribute, as they may have done in the past. The fund has given $100 to cover the cost of the gymnastics and band instructor, and to provide some refreshments.  We are pleased to have been able to support the children in these activities.





Children from the school gained third place in the first part of the competition. 




National parades and gymnastics September 2018
 The instruments that need updating, hopefully before next year.

The football team that had done so well during the year and whom we have supported both with uniform and expenses to attend matches.
They received a diploma of recognition.

15th September celebration of independence of Central America. Las Pilas

Donations 2018

Grateful thanks is given to the individuals and attendees at our events, who have so kindly donated to this worthy cause to help the children of Ometepe.





Current income.
£3570.36



Projected  balance after expenditure
£2654.23