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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27/09/2014 - Tourism has many socio-economic benefits. It generates income, creates jobs and initiates infrastructure development. However, the nature and distribution of these benefits are neither certain nor simple. Local communities can miss out on the many advantages tourism provides. Carried out insensitively, tourism can damage cultural integrity and the environment.
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.