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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For much of the 35 years since the 1979 Revolution, literacy has been a central concern in Nicaraguan education policy. After four decades of the Somozas’ dictatorship which had seen it as unnecessary for the majority of the population, the Sandinista government set about a mass literacy campaign within months of coming to power.
Why do the poor make decisions that seem to keep them in poverty? Sometimes they might not know the best path to take, the perceived risk involved may force them to make bad choices, or cultural and religious norms may forbid the sensible alternative. Often, however, they know exactly what they are doing.