Nicaragua Carazo Diriamba
$80,264 needed of $155,264
United Methodist Comm on Relief, Church World Service (CWS)
A dry climate, environmental deterioration, and chronic poverty have contributed to an inadequate quantity and quality of water and insufficient food in this region, resulting in malnutrition and other health problems. These challenges are complicated by illiteracy, poor roads, high unemployment and seasonal migration to Costa Rica. 55 percent of households in the area are headed by women. Since 2005, local partner CIEETS has been working to reach the most food insecure families in Nicaragua. The current phase of their work reaches out to a third group of communities after two previous successful programs. They are working on conservation agriculture, planting fruit trees and patio gardens, gaining access to clean water, community advocacy, and coordinating with churches to be active in programs that build food security.
Alternative Income Sources and Peace-Building
Amid a bleak situation of country-wide political violence and drought followed by flooding, program participants in Nicaragua are finding hope through the efforts of local partner CIEETS.
Ever since protests in April led to violence and threats, roadblocks have prevented children from going to school. Since people couldn’t leave the area, supplies of staple foods and seeds for planting dwindled. “But, throughout the crisis, CIEETS has maintained communication with us, encouraging us to continue our work in spite of the trauma,” says a farmer named Iván.
Farmer Johana adds, “Without access to seeds, families planted smaller areas. There was little left to harvest from losses to drought and flooding. CIEETS is helping us start and diversify new economic initiatives that will help us make it through this crisis. We are raising poultry, selling chicken and eggs, building beehives, and processing honey for sale.”
She continues, “I am thankful for this project and also appreciate that CIEETS has been providing peace-building workshops for families in the community. I feel good about the work we are doing. Our slogan is ‘Leave the resentment behind and walk in the path of goodness.’ There is a lot of goodwill in the local churches that are supporting the different economic development activities.”
Nicaragua Mateare Carazo
Led by Church World Service and Local Partner CIEETS