Completing a School and a Library in Nicaragua

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Political unrest in Nicaragua has caused many charities and other Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to stop hosting service trips to the country. Revenue from these trips is the main source of funding for many small-scale development projects in Nicaragua so the cancellation of trips puts many projects in difficult financial position. This means that badly needed schools and library facilities are left unfinished leaving kids in crowded, often leaky classrooms. Not only do these projects provide badly needed infrastructure they bring communities together in a constructive and meaningful way - at a time when communities are suffering tension and hardship from the ongoing  unrest. 

Our NGO partner, Seeds of Learning (SOL), has been leading service groups to work alongside local communities  building schools, libraries, and learning resource centres in Nicaragua for over seventeen years. They also organize and deliver vocational training in welding and agriculture to men and women. Despite the unrest and travel restrictions SOL remain committed to supporting the communities to complete the projects they have already started and to continue to offer "A Hand up, not a hand out".

In April when the unrest made travel risky, we canceled a trip planned to the village of Mesa de Acicaya in the Tipitapa region of Nicaragua. In our absence SOL continued the project with local volunteers and welders who were trained in one of the courses we previously funded with donations like yours. You can see the progress in the attached photos and hear about the project in a short video. Due to continued tensions and unrest we have temporarily diverted future Winds of Change service trips away from Nicaragua but will continue to provide funding for materials and local skilled labour to complete the projects we committed to support. 

These are two of the projects Winds of Change has supported that require additional funding to be completed;   

LOS LAURELES - TWO ROOM LIBRARY: We need $4250 to complete the work

Los Laureles is a semi-urban town of around 3,000 people located in the municipality of Tipitapa, Nicaragua. It is home to a large public school which serves 475 students from pre-kindergarten through high school. The school also serves as the administrative and technical headquarters for five other schools from five nearby communities, and the principal overseeing all these schools is based in Los Laureles.

The school at Los Laureles is large and has sufficient classrooms. However, there is not adequate space for the school’s library. The existing stock of books and educational materials are piled in a small room that was originally intended to be the principal’s office. The room lacks space for chairs, tables, and bookcases. The Nicaraguan Ministry of Education has already hired a librarian, but she will not begin working at the school until a proper library space is available.

In 2018, Seeds of Learning partnered with the Los Laureles community and international volunteers to build a new two-room library. The building is located on the school grounds, and will house bookcases stocked with a variety of reading materials, tables and chairs for students, a multimedia projector and screen, a sound system, and ten Chromebooks. The library will also be used for other educational activities and classes, such as arts and crafts, dance, and vocational trainings. Community members of all ages will also have access to the library, as well as teachers and students from other schools. We believe the library will help create conditions for high quality learning at the Los Laureles school.

Construction of this new school library is underway, in partnership with the local community and One Dollar for Life, Winds of Change, and the Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley. Our construction timeline has been extended due to the unrest in Nicaragua, and we anticipate finishing this project before the end of this year.

MESAS DE ACICAYA - TWO CLASSROOM CONSTRUCTION: $7560 needed to complete the work.

Note: this is the project Winds of Change was scheduled to help with in April when the unrest broke out. We were within a few hours of departing when the local situation turned dangerous.

Mesas de Acicaya is a remote, rural community located in the municipality of Tipitapa, Nicaragua. Most of the 856 inhabitants are small farmers who grow beans, corn and sorghum. Historically the community has received little support from public and private agencies, which makes development a challenge. The local leadership has organized most of the local projects, using resources raised within the community.

In 2017, Seeds of Learning partnered with the Mesas de Acicaya community to build a Learning Resource Center (LRC). The LRC was requested by a group of high school students who belong to a local organization named Caminos al Saber (Pathways to Knowledge). This group of youth is dedicated to promoting access to quality education in the community. In addition to spearheading the LRC project, the youth are committed to running the LRC in the long-term as well as organizing additional educational projects. Click here to read more about the LRC project.

In 2018, the students of Caminos al Saber and local teachers have requested support in expanding the local school by building two new classrooms. We look forward to working with the local community on this project, as well as partnering with Winds of Change, who is providing funding. The school currently has just three classrooms for five different grade levels, which means that some students attend classes during a morning shift while others have to wait until an afternoon shift. There are also high school classes which operate out of the school on Saturdays, but there is not enough room for all the students. One grade level is forced to hold their classes in the local community center, which has a damaged roof. The two new classrooms will not only alleviate overcrowding and ensure there is enough space for the current students, but will also provide sufficient space for both elementary and high school classes to expand.

Construction of the two new classrooms began in April. The project has been delayed due to the political unrest in Nicaragua, but will resume in the next few months. We look forward to continuing to work with local community volunteers and partner organization Winds of Change to complete this project. 

Together, these projects need $11,810 CDN to be completed. Whatever you can do to help is GREATLY APPRECIATED!

Nicargua - A Story of the People

On April 19th, one day before we were scheduled to travel to Nicaragua with a group of volunteers to build a school, peaceful protests led by university students, were met by violent police and paramilitary forces. Students died that night and in response, Nicaraguans of all classes and communities, the Catholic church and business groups rose in protest. Those protests were met with even more deadly force, to the point that three months later over 270 people, mostly students, have been killed and many more have been injured by police and masked paramilitaries.

The population of Nicaragua is about six million, slightly lower than the population of the Greater Toronto Area. Can you imagine the outcry if police and their associated gangs in the GTA shot and killed 270+ students and tortured even more?

International organizations including the OAS (Organization of American States), Amnesty International and recently the UN, strongly condemn President Daniel Ortega and his government, including the Vice President - his wife Rosario Murillo, for instigating, propagating and deigning the violence. Nicaraguans continue to protest and face deadly response while demanding to negotiate an end to the violence, justice for the dead, and the acceleration of democratic reforms including an early election.

While there has been spotty media coverage outside Nicaragua, the international community has been mostly unaware of the situation on the ground. My own information comes from a combination of traditional media, social media, and live updates from friends on the ground involved in the activities in Nicaragua. The US history of clandestine involvement in Central America, particularly Nicaragua in the 1980s, means that US intervention will be unlikely, but recent sanctions by the US government against several prominent Nicaraguans linked to the violence has been welcomed. Other countries should join the US in more sanctions.

So, why am I writing this post after weeks of “sharing” the posts of others? Nicaragua has a special place in my heart. Since 2014, I’ve travelled there five times on service trips and supported over $100,000 of investment in building schools, libraries, community centres, irrigation systems, technical training and even built a windmill. In Nicaragua, $100,000 goes a very long way! The people of Nicaragua got under my skin. I’m proud to call many Nicaraguans my friend.

My son, Andrew, has been with me on two trips. On his second trip, he made a short film to capture his positive experience about the magic of the Nicaraguan people. He submitted this film as part of his portfolio to be invited, on scholarship, to join Ryerson University’s film studies program in September. I cannot imagine the anguish that parents of Nicaraguan students face on a day to day basis as students continue to be the front line in this conflict.  

I encourage you to Google the situation in Nicaragua, watch this film, and share this message with your networks so that together we can raise the awareness of the crisis in Nicaragua with the international community.

As Andrew heads off to university in the fall, inspired to be a filmmaker partly due to his time in Nicaragua, I can’t stop thinking how lucky we are to live in a peaceful country where we can disagree but still enjoy peace and freedom of expression. I wish, hope, and advocate that our friends in Nicaragua will soon have that freedom.

If you wish to help, share this post. If you want to make a difference, reach out to your Member of Parliament and encourage him or her to raise this issue in the House of Commons. If you want to really want to gain perspective, join me when we return to Nicaragua when things quiet down.

Rosalina's Garden

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Rosalina's garden is looking good! In a couple of months she will have cucumbers, corn, bell squash, pumpkin, beans, and tomatoes. The crop plan was created following recommendations from Capstone engineers who identified ways of improving the system's efficiency by allocating crops on the field depending on their water consumption. Way to go, Rosalina!

Community Garden in El Triunfo

The people in the village of El Triunfo, Nicaragua have built a community garden, irrigated by a system designed by students at the University of Toronto under the direction of Professor Amy Bilton. Preparations were supported by Courtney Lang and Sebastián Martínez with Seeds of Learning. Funding for materials was provided by Winds of Change, thanks to generous donations in Canada. Food from the garden will be shared by the school, community centre and community members who pitch in to help. 

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Compassionate Eye adds Winds of Change to its Giving Back Program in 2017

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Welcome to the last issue of In Focus for 2017. It’s hard to believe I just wrote those words as it feels like we were just welcoming this eventful year. As always, CEF has been a rich full experience for everyone involved. This year saw Board members coming and (unfortunately) leaving. Thanks to the dedication of those who decided to join us and those who have moved to other commitments after making a valuable contribution to CEF.  We have recommitted to existing partners and started a relationship with two new partners.


These partners are the Frances G. Cosco Foundation working in Ethiopia, and Winds of Change working in Nicaragua. We have taken up some exciting goals on generating revenue in new ways and completed some wonderful shoots in Canada, Spain and the UK this year. All in all, we are very excited about the year just ending, and the years to come. Thanks to everyone involved in volunteering, and to Getty for their ongoing and steadfast support. Best of the season to everyone in the Compassionate Eye family.

--Dan Rogers, Chair, CEF Board of Directors

For more information about Compassionate Eye, click here

Another Successful Project with Seeds of Learning

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On Saturday we returned from a week in Tipitapa, Nicaragua as part of our Winds of Change initiative. I won't try to recap the whole trip, but will say that we had an amazing time. Thank you to each of you who supported our efforts. Highlights included:

  1. Repaired and painted three classrooms in the village of Ciudelala. The turnout and support from the local community was amazing. We had kids and teachers by the dozens all helping out. Thank you to Tracey McCarthy and other volunteers for the huge donation of school supplies we were able to leave behind!
  2. Water samples and sites were assessed for the February Capstone trip by engineering students from the University of Toronto. Winds of Change has been awarded the #1 Capstone project at U of T the last two years so the pressure is on this year's teams to three-pete. One team is working on an improved micro-irrigation project. The other on a low cost water purification system for drinking water. Good luck for great success!
  3. Repaired and upgraded the windmill installed last year in Pedro Arauz
  4. Met with members of the community of Pedro Arauz where Winds of Change is funding two instructors to teach and coach community members on computer skills and handicrafts. We also played baseball and left them donated equipment from families affiliated with the Oakville Angels Softball Association.
  5. Delivered 14 used laptops generously donated by Seasons Retirement Communities. These will be delivered to 14 teachers on a waiting list maintained by Seeds of Learning. This program is growing quickly, so demand will increase.
  6. Met with the community leaders in El Triunfo where Winds of Change is funding the creation of a community garden, and the operation of community resource centre (including its internet connection). While there we learned how to make tortillas, learned about their micro finance loan program and played baseball with the local team. The equipment and uniform donations were greatly appreciated!
  7. Amidst all that work we had a lot of fun going to the market, eating, playing cards, learning about Nicaraguan history and politics, visiting a volcano, a fort/prison, and immersing ourselves in local culture. All good. 

FUTURE TRIP(S): We have begun to discuss our next trip with SOL. Tentatively, we will travel to Mesa De Acicaya, a village in the mountains, to begin construction of a new school. Due to the remote location, the group will stay in the community, likely in tents. We will organize the work week so we can visit a volcano and a fort at the start and still spend some time in Granada at the end. The tentative dates are April 21 - 28th, 2018. This is timed just after most university exams to allow some of the families who have expressed interest. If you know someone I should add to the email distribution, please let me know. This link describes the first project that SOL has been doing in the village. 

http://www.seedsoflearning.org/programs/community-buildings-projects/?subfield=Mesas%20de%20Acicaya

Thank you for your continued interest in Winds of Change.

Let me know if you are interested in joining our next trip in April!

Rob
rob@emberadvisory.com
647 972 2641

 

 

Fundraising Update

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Update on our Winds of Change fundraising efforts.

As of October 28th, we have raised $11,050 toward our goal of $18,000 before we leave for Nicaragua on November 25th. Many thanks to the generous donors, including our fifteen volunteers who will be repairing a school. We will also have two fourth year UofT engineering students join us as part of their capstone projects related to irrigation and water purification. Tax deductible donations can be made at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/winds-of-change-2017-fundraising-school-repairs-in/

 

Service Trip 2017: Repairing a School

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http://www.seedsoflearning.org/programs/community-buildings-projects/?subfield=Three%20Community%20School%20Refurbishment%20Project

Since 2014, Winds of Change has been working with our local partner in Nicaragua called "Seeds of Learning" (SOL). Volunteering with a Seeds of Learning Work Group is a transformative and life-changing experience.

A “SOL work group” is a team of volunteers who travel together to Nicaragua to learn, share and serve in partnership with local communities. North American volunteers spend 6-9 days together, working alongside of Nicaraguans to share in the construction of a school, learning center, garden, or other educational project. The transformative work group experience is designed to promote solidarity and cross-cultural understanding between people of the global north and global south through hands-on community based projects, face to face meetings, and active participation in SOL’s programs, in order to better understand and reduce poverty and inequality in the world.

 

WHY TRAVEL WITH SEEDS OF LEARNING?

  • SOL has 25 years of experience and has hosted over 3,600 volunteers.
  • We build lasting relationships with communities.
  • We don’t just build schools; we develop long-term, sustainable programs alongside local communities. [. . .]

 

WHAT WILL THE TRIP BE LIKE?

  • Itineraries are customized to group preferences. View a sample itinerary here.
  • A full immersion experience working side by side with locals.
  • Educational focus in all aspects of the trip; service work, [. . .]

 

WHY NICARAGUA?

  • Nicaragua is the second most economically impoverished country in the Western Hemisphere.
  • There is a great need to improve quality and access to education.  
  • Approximately ha [. . .]

Investing in a Successful Team: The Self Help Group of El Triunfo

Interested in connecting with an impressive group of women with a proven track record for making a difference?

World Vision does a lot of great work in Nicaragua. We have seen the signs on many infrastructure projects including schools and water systems. But they also invest in people - and have done so successfully with a group of women who call themselves "The Self Group of el Triunfo".  With an introduction from our friends at Seeds of Learning, we recently met with six members of the Self Help Group to learn about their vision for the community.

Many of the men of el Triunfo commute daily to minimum wage manufacturing jobs in the free trade zones outside Managua. Left on their own, we learned that these woman have stepped forward to lead a number of community initiatives including:

1) Funding and building a learning resource centre (shown in the picture above). They now take turns running educational programs daily at the centre.

2) Creating a managing a very successful micro-loan program for members of the local community. Loans of up to $150 are made to community members who submit loan applications. The criteria for acceptance are feasibility of the business plan, repayment history, and value of the activity to the community. Unlike many other micro loan programs they have a 100% repayment history. That is remarkable!

When we asked the team about their future plans for the community they acknowledged that their needs are many, but would like to focus some attention on women's health and empowerment. Longer term, they envision building a community hall and potentially sleeping accommodation for visiting service groups. This could provide an additional source of much needed income to help fund future community projects and make their community attractive to NGOs, like Seeds of Learning, who sponsor service trips.

This strikes us as a group who will be successful in whatever they collectively decide to do. If you are interested in working with an inspiring group of women with a passion to make their community a better place, we encourage you to pledge your support to the Self Help Group of el Triunfo. 

 

A Promising Community with a Water Problem: El Jicarito

Mount Sinai/Jicartori: The site of the new adobe school is impressive. It looks like it has been a great project. Freddie and the community appears very engaged and enthusiastic. They will meet and gain consensus around how they might address their most pressing shared concern: water. It is an interesting and challenging situation with three quadrants in need of water, and some interesting infrastructure remaining from the plantation that could be used more broadly. It is a complex challenge that will require more assistance. We look forward to hearing more from the community.

 

In the short term, they have asked for assistance with clearing the newly drilled well on the site of the school building. We will discuss as a WOC team if we can fund that immediate repair (~$1000) to provide water to support the completion of the construction and for shared use by the school and local community.

Winds of Change Projects 2017

 Building on the relationships we have established, we returned to Nicaragua April 12 - 20th to check in on previous projects and explore how else we may be able to help farmers and their families in need. We are happy to report that overall the economy is performing well and increased foreign investment is evident in the many new factories that  have be been built in the free trade zones. Formal employment options, albeit at low wages, have increased considerably, but subsistence agriculture remains the reality for many Nicaraguans.   In the coming weeks we will profile four communities where we think we can make a difference in rural Nicaragua by giving a hand up, not a hand out. They are:   1) Investing in a Successful Team: The Self Help Group of El Triunfo    2) Get Your Hands Dirty: Join in the Refurbishment of Two Classrooms at Ciudalela San Martin    3) A Promising Community with a Water Problem:  El Jicarito    4) Navigating Community and Individual Interests: The Next Phase for Pedro Arauz   For each community we will introduce the people and explain their stories in words, pictures and video. Our goal is to raise awareness and modest funding to support the priorities that have been established by each community. Our contributions will include financial support, expertise, donated materials and equipment and labour.  Many people have expressed an interest in participating in a service trip. Some of the opportunities we present are well suited for a team to travel to Nicaragua by a small group. Based on the level of interest and success with fundraising, we envision a trip, suitable for families, in the November/December 2017 timeframe.    The family pictured above is that of Digna and Eduardo Castillo who were featured in the film   The     Best of What We Are  . We are happy to report that that things are improving for them. After participating in the welding training provided by Winds of Change, both Digna and Eduardo have been hired to help construct the metal framing at the new adobe school at El Jicarito and build metal doors for the school at Ciudalela San Martin. In addition, their small farm has become a model in their community with a new irrigation system, designed by students at the University of Toronto, supporting low impact, organic farming. They are also in the process of implementing a "Bio Digester" that will turn manure into fertilizer and gas for cooking - thus reducing the need to gather wood for cooking. While visiting with them we discussed the potential to plant the remainder of their land with fruit trees and hardwood to help feed the family and provide a retirement income down the road.  Their gratitude for the assistance provided by Winds of Change was evident in the warm welcome they provided us. Their tenacity and resolve is evident in their eyes.  They are a strong, determined family, and a wonderful representation of the families we continue to meet in Nicaragua. 

Building on the relationships we have established, we returned to Nicaragua April 12 - 20th to check in on previous projects and explore how else we may be able to help farmers and their families in need. We are happy to report that overall the economy is performing well and increased foreign investment is evident in the many new factories that  have be been built in the free trade zones. Formal employment options, albeit at low wages, have increased considerably, but subsistence agriculture remains the reality for many Nicaraguans. 

In the coming weeks we will profile four communities where we think we can make a difference in rural Nicaragua by giving a hand up, not a hand out. They are:

1) Investing in a Successful Team: The Self Help Group of El Triunfo

2) Get Your Hands Dirty: Join in the Refurbishment of Two Classrooms at Ciudalela San Martin

3) A Promising Community with a Water Problem:  El Jicarito

4) Navigating Community and Individual Interests: The Next Phase for Pedro Arauz

For each community we will introduce the people and explain their stories in words, pictures and video. Our goal is to raise awareness and modest funding to support the priorities that have been established by each community. Our contributions will include financial support, expertise, donated materials and equipment and labour.

Many people have expressed an interest in participating in a service trip. Some of the opportunities we present are well suited for a team to travel to Nicaragua by a small group. Based on the level of interest and success with fundraising, we envision a trip, suitable for families, in the November/December 2017 timeframe.  

The family pictured above is that of Digna and Eduardo Castillo who were featured in the film The Best of What We Are. We are happy to report that that things are improving for them. After participating in the welding training provided by Winds of Change, both Digna and Eduardo have been hired to help construct the metal framing at the new adobe school at El Jicarito and build metal doors for the school at Ciudalela San Martin. In addition, their small farm has become a model in their community with a new irrigation system, designed by students at the University of Toronto, supporting low impact, organic farming. They are also in the process of implementing a "Bio Digester" that will turn manure into fertilizer and gas for cooking - thus reducing the need to gather wood for cooking. While visiting with them we discussed the potential to plant the remainder of their land with fruit trees and hardwood to help feed the family and provide a retirement income down the road.

Their gratitude for the assistance provided by Winds of Change was evident in the warm welcome they provided us. Their tenacity and resolve is evident in their eyes.  They are a strong, determined family, and a wonderful representation of the families we continue to meet in Nicaragua. 

Returning

This week five of us will travel to Nicaragua to check-in on the progress with the windmill in January 2016 and irrigation systems installed this past February. But its not the equipment we're eager to see, its our friends. Four out of group have been before - Erin Paul, my kids Andrew and Sarah, and me. For Erin's daughter, Alexandra, it will be a first, not only travelling to Nicaragua but her first experience in the developing world. At the age of twelve I suspect it will be an impactful trip - as it was for Sarah and Andrew in 2015.

Working locally with the team from Seeds of Learning we will visit three villages in need of assistance: El Jicarito, El Triunfo, and Ciudadela San Martin. Projects include school construction & refurbishment, community gardens with windmills and irrigation, and related training. We will profile these projects in upcoming blog posts and will call upon our friends and family to support us in any way you can. 

 

 

Seeking Laptops

Seeking used laptops. On April 12th, #ErinPaul and I are returning to Nicaragua with our kids to plan the #Windsofchange projects for 2017. Our friends at #SeedsofLearning (SOL) have asked that we bring used laptops for use in the community centre. Now that they have internet access demand for computers is increasing. If you have a used laptop you wish to donate, please let me know. Ideally we will take five with us in April.

 

 

New Irrigation Systems

The #WindsofChange team has completed its first installation of a newly designed irrigation system near Pedro Arauz in Nicaragua. Professor #AmyBilton#JohnShoust, and the team of student engineers from UofT made the trip in February. They installed systems on two family farms including a tank, tower, PVC tubing, irrigation hosing and an electric pump for backup. Irrigation allows families to grow vegetables year round.

We hope to help local farmers install 5 - 7 more in 2017. Want to join us?

While there the team also upgraded the prototype windmill we installed last year at the community centre.

Teams and Formed and trip planning begins

With a new start to the school year underway Winds of Change has now formed two more student teams to tackle the new challenged observed on previous trips.  Our new teams will focus on two key areas in the 2016/2017 projects.  

The first being the cost reduction of the windmill itself.  While the original design was mindful of cost and performance, additional modifications can be made to further reduce the overall costing. The team will be looking at the overall dimensions of the windmill vs performance and other areas that can be redesigned for a reduction.

The second of our team will be engineering a low cost, packaged irrigation system for use within this and other communities.  Low cost / hands-free irrigation is a vital part of survival in these harsh conditions and will often make the difference between a successful vs failed growing season.

More news to come as the teams continue their pursuit!

The Team is heading back July 11-15, 2016!

July 11-15, 2016

The WOC team will be heading back to our community to continue work on the existing windmill and evaluate additional projects within the community.  While we worked hard to get our first windmill up and running earlier this year we recognize that this is only the first step in a long partnership within the community.

On this trip we will be conducting repairs and upgrades to the existing structure as well as proposing additional projects to community leaders.

Look for additional updates in the weeks to come!

 

It Works: Installing the First Windmill

GREAT NEWS! The first Wind Mill from Winds of Change is in place. There were some moments of excitement, but it's up! Congratulations John ShoustAmy BiltonWayne ScottJulian Guevara, our friends in Pedro Arauz and the great team of engineers from the University of Toronto.

Over the past seven days the team from University of Toronto has worked along side the people of Pedro Arauz to turn basic materials from the local hardware supply store into an innovative new way to irrigate the community garden. When the water began to flow from the pipe there was a collective cheer and sigh of relief. As the wind was quite strong we were also able to witness the newly designed automatic break kick in an disengage the rotor when the wind hit the threshold. 

While there is still work to do to prove that the design can sustain its performance over time, we can enjoy success at this important milestone!

We're coming back ... the windmill is ready!

On January 13th, the Winds of Change team will arrive back in Pedro Arauz, Nicaragua to construct our first windmill. If things go as planned, on January 19th water will be lifted from the village well using the existing rope pump - but now the pump will be fitted with a windmill designed by Mechanical and Industrial Engineering students from the University of Toronto. The initial design, done by four members of the class of 2015, has been refined and improved by two teams of four students each from the class of 2016. 

The mission of Winds of Change is to bring innovative, cost-effective technology and support to help impoverished farmers in rural Nicaragua. Newly designed windmills will be used to pump small amounts of water from existing wells to support sustainable farming practices including micro-irrigation. This will help families to grow more food, particularly in the dry season. Doing so will help provide needed nourishment and income to lift them from poverty.  Our friends in the village have already constructed the water tank into which the water will be pumped, and the community garden that will be irrigated.

Our fundraising efforts have been successful. Thanks to friends and family, donors via our Indiegogo crowd funding campaign, and a generous corporate donor we have raised over $23,000 in the past four months. We will share more about our corporate donor soon. The funds will pay for:

- Tools and materials in Pedro Arauz to be used in the construction of more windmills for the community

- Development of training materials and an honorarium for an instructor to teach agricultural methods to members of the community

- Welding training for the people of Pedro Arauz to increase productivity and quality when building more windmills

- A local camera operator and a translator to support the filming of a documentary film

- Offsetting a  portion of the travel costs for the student team in January

This project has been about eighteen months in the making. We're pumped! (pun intended). A big THANK YOU for all of the support! Watch for more updates as the trip approaches. 

Rob & John