I apologize to all our supporters. I’ve been on the road since April and in June we opened the preschool in Las Minitas, Nicaragua after a lot of hard work and raising more then $5,000.
I’ve had trouble logging in and also spartan access to Internet at times on this world journey and have not updated this as I wish. We are going strong on Facebook and my blog ..
This will be updated regularly now. So please visit. Often.
Our first good news: English class in Las Minitas is so successful and thought to be worthwhile to the farmers’ families, Enlace Project is hiring the teacher as part of their program and so his weekly pay will be part of his duties. We supported that class for more than a year!
Javier walked and rode a horse three hours each Sunday to teach, then stayed with a family.
Online soon,but here’s a snapshot of the page!
Coda is the concluding passage of a movement, like in a musical piece, and it’s their closing essay.
This magazine is fresh and great. So glad!
I’m fresh back from Nicaragua, where the farmers and their families are enjoying the preschool that we helped them open!
WE DID IT!
I’m in town for a week before going to volunteer in Africa, so let’s celebrate the power of everyday people to make a difference and have a look at what’s been happening in Las Minitas.
I am hosting a pop-up gallery exhibition of images of the construction of The Friends Project preschool, the opening party that drew 60 people from the settlement, and photos of the community we partnered with on top of the mountain.
I will also share a few images of the Amazon adventure and beyond …
I will have coffee (20 bags) freshly toasted by the farmers in Las Minitas for sale, to help fund the English class we host in Las Minitas.
I’ll give a talk with photos at 7 PM … a pinata broken Nicaraguan-house party style will follow, with good conversation and celebration.
Light refreshments. Bring a chair if you’ve got one. This is popup!
Tell you friends. Spread the word!
WE DO THIS!
A PHOTO SLIDESHOW ONE-NIGHT SHOW TO CELEBRATE THE POWER OF EVERYDAY PEOPLE
When: Wednesday, July 23
Where: The Loft at The Falls, 5 West Main Street, Honeoye Falls
Time: 630 to 9PM
Why: We can make a difference. And did. see how!
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
I am exploring the Andes of Peru with two friends who helped form Enlace Project, the grassroots organization that has been the vein for the Friends Project in El SAuce … they did all the organization of the school building.
Today, we were walking down the street of Arequipa, where we will visit Colca Canyon to see the giant condors.
We passed the Plaza de Armas and I thought how fitting a new evolution is: While I was in Las Minitas both Alcides and Paiyo, who helped with the school construction daily, asked for a U.S. flag to put up in the preschool.
I never intended that; it’s more than borders. But they asked and I thought about it and of course it’s right, it’s about partnering beyond borders, so a U.S. flag next to the Nicaraguan one that flies in all schools makes sense.
Our good friend and supporter Mike Hackett (Rochester, NY) immediately suggested he contribute a flag that was given to him by a service member of the U.S. military. The flag had been flown on 9/11 in Iraq and has a certificate, signature, the whole shebang.
I said yes, of course, but have been thinking of this lately and today it just settled in on me how perfect and special it is.
Whenever the guys in Las Minitas talk about the school or the scholarships, or other projects The Friends Project has completed with them or allowed them to complete with our resources, they discuss the “amistad,” or friendship between us.
This is a Spanish word that essentially means that, but to me is more than friendship. IN this case, our friendship thousands of miles apart and among residents who never met but believe in each other made this happen.
in the states, 9/11 is the single most example and symbol of Americans of all races, lifestyles and beliefs coming together in “amistad” to help each other, support each other and show unity.
thank you, Mike. Perfect.
Still glowing over what we were able accomplish with families in Las Minitas. Don’t listen to negative: change is closer than you’d think!
I’ll be in El Sauce again in a month… in the meantime… I’m discovering Peru and finding people making a difference.
The fountain show in Parque Reserva is cooler than I thought and I survived the Russian roulette fountain dry!!