Welcome to Nuevas Esperanzas!
We are a young and professional organisation serving poor communities in Nicaragua through projects which provide practical and technical assistance in support of long-term sustainable development.
We work in a number of sectors including water, the environment, livelihoods and education following a model of holistic, transformational development which addresses material and spiritual needs in a culturally appropriate manner. We aim to integrate innovation and technical excellence with good practice in development, always mindful of the complex web of economic, environmental, social and spiritual issues which conspire against those living in poverty.
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On Friday 19 September, two powerhouses of world religion entered the sporting arena in Canterbury, England to decide once and for all which is best at cricket. On its Light of Faith tour, a visiting Vatican XI took on an Anglican XI in a match, the like of which has never been seen before.
Volunteering abroad. What do you think of when you read those words? When I am asked by friends and family what I was doing in Nicaragua, they seem slightly confused when I tell them that I wasn’t carrying out the usual volunteer roles of teacher, construction worker or conservationist. Volunteering with Nuevas Esperanzas has been very different from my other volunteer experiences. When I contacted the team last year, I had no idea that a few emails and a skype call would lead to volcano hikes, beehive visits, canyon abseiling and fascinating agricultural training sessions.
13/08/2014 - Last year, after numerous flow measurements and calculations of water demand, Nuevas Esperanzas built a water supply for around 1,000 people from a spring which cascaded from a crack in the rocks, high on the slopes of Volcán Telica. On a recent visit to the Rhine Falls, near Schaffhausen in Switzerland, Nuevas Esperanzas’ water specialist Andrew Longley was curious to estimate just how many people could be supplied by a waterfall of a rather different scale.