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.
03/07/2014 - The rainy season has finally started. Rainfall in the next six months will provide a much needed source of water for many people living on Volcán Telica. Since 2005, Nuevas Esperanzas has constructed more than 60 rainwater harvesting systems in this area, benefitting over 500 people. For the past month, these systems have been undergoing important maintenance to prepare for the anticipated rains. For those who have had their systems for several years, this process will be routine. But for those of us who are unfamiliar: How do you prepare your tank for the rainy season and what challenges might you face?
08/05/2014 - Managing beehives takes knowledge, skill and practice. Although the community beekeepers in El Caracol are now highly skilled in their trade, they have recently undertaken training sessions to learn a new skill which will help them to sustain hive productivity well into the future: Raising queen bees.