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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17/08/2015 - Every two weeks a tertulia is held in the central square in León. This citywide event, rather like a local craft and farmers’ market, is put on by the Mayor’s Office to promote small local businesses showcase traditional music, dance, and food. On 15 August, members of the cooperatives from the communities of El Ojochal, El Caracol, and Agua Fría joined the Nuevas Esperanzas team to participate in the Tertulia as part of an initiative to bring their products to market. It was the first time the cooperatives had participated in such an event, and it certainly will not be the last.
02/11/2015 - At the end of last month, Nuevas Esperanzas warmly welcomed Swiss visitors Alain and Sylvie Schwaar, from the organisation Dire et Agir. The Schwaars have an extensive background in working with community members to overcome conflicts throughout the world, particularly in Haiti and Angola. We invited them to visit the communities of Agua Fría and El Ojochal de Listón to facilitate workshops that dealt with cooperation and domestic violence. They were well received by community members, and it is our hope that those living on the Telica volcano will continue to grapple with and educate others on the concepts they learned.
10/09/2015 - As their test, the guides took the evaluator on the Telica Volcano crater tour. Each guide took a turn presenting during one section of the tour. The guides explained how to identify local plants and talked about their traditional uses. They presented different rocks and pointed out the geological features which tell the history of the volcano’s formation. They also gave accounts of their own personal stories of living on the side of an active volcano, including their close encounters with the violent eruptions this May.