Posts in Nicaragua

Nicaragua program uses farmer field schools to train young leaders

FRB's Nicaragua - Boaco program trains young adults to become leaders, equiping them with the skills to teach others in their community about the benefits of sustainable farming practices. 

07/02/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Toward greater gender equality in Nicaragua

The FRB/LWR Nicaragua-Pancasán pilot program seeks to reduce the gender gap evident in the practices of a local farmer cooperative by including as many women as possible in the co-op’s services. Gender inequality has a profound effect on food security. When women have less access to land and capital for farming activities, they are less involved in economically productive activities, and earn much less than men. When both women and men have access to resources they can grow more food and generate more income for their families.

03/07/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Nicaraguan families learn together through farmer-to-farmer exchanges

FRB’s Nicaragua-Mateare program addresses food security issues in one of Latin America’s most food-insecure countries by training farmers in sustainable agriculture practices, and making sure that mothers with children ages 5 and under understand basic health practices, the importance of a balanced diet, and safe food preparation.

This integrated approach – growing enough food and ensuring that it is used to its best advantage for the health and wellbeing of all family members – is key to the success of the program. In Nicaragua, 1.2 million people are affected by hunger, environmental deterioration, chronic poverty, lack of potable water and insufficient food.

02/25/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In Nicaragua, communities and visitors build bread ovens together

Several travelers – FRB board members and staff, university students, and growing project participants – recently traveled to Nicaragua to live and work with participants in FRB’s Nicaragua-Farmer program. The visitors, side by side with community members, built fuel-efficient bread ovens. They carried bricks and water significant distances to the worksites, plunged their hands into a mixture of local materials (different types of soil, horse manure, glue from inside the bark of the guásimo [WA see mo] tree), and helped to complete four brick ovens with the local families.

07/10/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In Nicaragua, positive change really happens in program communities

“Do you see change taking place in your work?” People often ask me,  as Country Consultant of World Renew (WR) programming in Nicaragua, I recently joined an FRB/WR team that evaluated the Nicaragua-Farmer program in the households “have access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food during the entire year.” We saw evidence of much positive change among participants, for whom the program’s goal is to ensure that allcentral mountain region of the country.

06/05/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Learning Through Doing

Three FRB work learning groups recently returned from Guatemala and Nicaragua. These intergenerational groups went deeper in our learning about FRB as we spent more time in each local community than happens in a regular FRB visit. We supported people in work they were doing for their own communities.

05/20/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Healing Comes Full Circle

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More than thirty years ago, in my early days of overseas development work, I would often attend worship in Haitian batey churches in the Dominican Republic.  (“Batey” is the Caribbean name for a residential area for workers on a plantation.) My children’s memories of this time include the anxiety of being asked to sit on the platform at the front of the church because we were one of the missionary families.  This was often uncomfortable for us, but at the time we had little command of the language to express how we felt.

04/22/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Celebrating International Women’s Day with LWR - Part 2

In Part 1, I talked about how this International Women’s Day coincides with the start of LWR’s Learning for Gender Integration (LGI) initiative, where we hope to learn how to create equal opportunities for men and women to benefit from our work in communities around the world. In part 2 I’d like to talk a bit about why a gender-integrated approach is better and what we’ve learned so far.

Talking to Men & Women Farmers
In the design stage of our three model projects — located in India, Uganda and Nicaragua —

03/08/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Celebrating International Women's Day with LWR - Part 1

Today, March 8, we observe International Women’s Day, an international holiday created to inspire women and celebrate achievements toward gender equality.

It just so happens that this year IWD coincides with the start of a very special initiative that Lutheran World Relief is undertaking toward the same goal. We are kicking off three special model projects as a part of a project we’re calling Learning for Gender Integration (LGI).

03/08/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Food and a Future for Eduardo’s Children in Nicaragua

Eduardo farms a small, hilly plot of land in the rain forest along the border between Honduras and Nicaragua. From his porch you can see corn and beans growing together, pineapple plants being used to prevent soil erosion, a small vegetable patch, and banana trees. It has taken thirteen years of hard work, but he is now able to grow enough food to feed his family throughout the year, with enough extra to share with needy neighbors and hungry children in his community.

02/08/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More