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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Marcial and Donald Reyes’ gardens are impressive to someone who has seen a lot of failed family gardens. Donald has planted over a thousand tomato plants. Marcial is experimenting with new cash crops. And most importantly, they have been able to balance their diet without having to buy any vegetables during this rainy season. But their immediate success was not the only thing that caught our eye, or even the most encouraging.
At the conception of the current pipeline project, the top priority was to supply the communities of Unión España and Nuevo Amanecer on the plains below Volcán Telica with clean drinking water. The momentary rest and relief during the afternoon spent celebrating the pipeline’s exodus from the canyon was quickly swept away again by the pressing reminder of these communities, still over two kilometers away, drinking water contaminated with arsenic.
Nuevas Esperanzas’ founder Andrew Longley vividly remembers his first visit to El Ojochal nine years ago. While speaking to families in San Jacinto, the village at the foot of the hill, about the idea of introducing rainwater harvesting to address their water problems, someone mentioned that families living high up on the side of the volcano collected rainwater during the wet season. Intrigued to find out more, Andrew and a couple of others made their first trip up the track...