Helping the secondary school

To see how project began Click here   The project has since changed its name to The Forgotten Children of the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes.

To donate via  Peace and Hope
All money collected here is passed to our account for the Ometepe Project and some attracts gift aid which helps us a lot.

When the boxes arrived in Ometepe in early May, there was great excitement from the secondary school when the children all received pens and pencils.  The headteacher mentioned that they had nowhere to keep the books and they were getting damaged. Given they have so little things need to be well looked after,

So I got Marvin onto it, and he visited Daniel, the local carpenter who has helped us before.  Together they visited the school and made a plan.  I felt we could afford this straight away.

Martin's cultivation project

Martin's story

Martin is the brother of Jose Antonio, with whom I originally set up the project of The Forgotten Children of the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes in 2017. Martin works in a coffee finca run by an American businessman.  He looks after the coffee plants and deals with the processing, and has responsibility for the temporary workers.  He earns a very small salary. Martin is 29,  

married with a wife Veronica, two stepchildren Anjuly, 12 and Jimena, 11 and a son Édouard, 6, who has just moved into the first grade from preschool..

Martin has a small plot of land belonging to the family which he cultivates with coffee. This provides the coffee for the family.

There is a lot of work as the plants have to be kept fertilised and free of disease.  There is an optimum time for the beans to be picked.  They are inside a soft casing, which has to be stripped off. We visited the plot whilst I was on Ometepe Island

All of the work is done by hand and I was invited to join in.It was hard work! …

Fundraising events and publicity

Mike and Reina Reinstein entertaining at our music event at the Chapel Billingshurst .
We raised £579.55 for the fund.  It was a great social evening with great food , things for sale, raffle and exhibition.  Much interest was shown in the information about Ometepe.   People socialising and shopping
 Huckabone entertaining us.
In May, I attended Peace and Hope's gathering in Herefordshire.  This was a good opportunity to share updates on the project with others who are supporting their work in Bluefields.  I received a good response and a lot of interest, as well as selling a few colouring books and cards.   I was also asked to talk to the Soroptomists in Godalming, so a further group of people has gone away informed both about the challenges of life in Nicaragua and about the project.

School updates

To see how project began Click herel

To donate via Peace And Hope

Since I left in February, the headteacher, Hemer, has continued to distribute materials from the boxes delivered by Peace and Hope and to purchase agreed items from the school's priorities.

The school now has a set of costumes for their cultural activities, one for 8-9  yr old and two for 11-12 year olds. This means they can now  participate in the local cultural activities, where formerly they had to try to borrow them. And of course everyone needs them at the same time. Together with the instruments we helped to buy and repair, this will make a major impact on the school's activities.

The footballs we purchased this year  have already been put to use, together with the kit we purchased last year, and we look forward to hearing of the teams' continued success,  both boys and girls!

We also hear that the youngsters are participating in chess matches with local schools, so I  will set out to gather a few sets…