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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We stood at the confluence of two streams. One poured over a high cascade just above us and the other spilled down a smaller fall into a little pool at our feet. The small stream was of particular interest to us because of its potential to bring drinking water to the communities below. We had to follow it up the volcano...
With 400 kg of honey in the bag (well in the barrel actually), this year’s honey harvests have got off to a good start. Erika, our expert beekeeper, predicts a total of around 900 kg. This represents about a 50% increase on the 2013 harvest and is good progress considering the challenging conditions the bees are facing. Extra income from the honey is starting to make a big difference in their lives.
The Telica beekeepers have been taking important steps toward establishing their sustainable community business. They will have officially registered the business by early next year. The first honey shipment to the UK is scheduled to leave in the next couple of weeks and if all goes well it could be on the shelves by Christmas!