CWS News - Enterprise in Nicaragua
Luis (24 yr) leads community development in Malacatoya, a rural village outside San Jose de los Remates and 96 km from capital city Managua.
In 2013, he and two other farmers gained access to water from a motorised irrigator pump to pump water to their farms. Hearing of the effects of the 2014 drought, they gave the pump to a neighbouring community facing hunger and starvation. “We could manage without it,” said Luis. Now growing 25 different crops using organic techniques and a rotation system, his life has improved. Grateful for the progress his community has made, he spoke very highly of CEPAD (Council or Protestant Churches of Nicaragua).
The 2013 drought was very long and hard. They had enough clean water to drink but not enough to irrigate. “So, it was amazing when CEPAD brought the irrigator pump and trained us how to use it." Said Luis. The system will allow them to harvest basic crops year round to provide food for their families and increase their incomes.
In Nicaragua, there are two seasons – a six-month dry season and a six-month wet season. The drought ended in May but many farmers are still struggling with water supply and to repair fields and crops damaged by the drought.
CEPAD first arrived in Malacatoya about five years ago. Back then, most farmers planted only corn. Now they grow more than 25 different crops. They began by bringing interested members from eight small communities together to decide what they needed and to form a cooperative. From CEPAD, he and other farmers learned about crop rotation and organic practices that reduce the amount of water needed. They also provided seeds, plants, trees and the pump. According to Luis, the best result of the changes is a healthy future for his 16-month-old daughter, Ingrid Alexa. “Her health is going to be better, her life is going to be better”
Now confident the cooperative is strong, CEPAD is winding up its work in Malacatoya and will begin the process again with a new community.
CWS Advocate at St Ronan’s Douglas Day
St Ronan’s gave CWS some Hope this Christmas 2016
A Nepalese father and child are the faces of the 2016 Christmas Appeal, “Give Us Hope”. Like many others who have survived a disaster, the father wants to make sure his family recovers quickly. With a little extra help, the family could be doing much better. Christian World Service works with local partner groups in 20 countries to make hope happen for those who need it most. Your gift will give food, education and healthcare to families determined to survive war, disaster and poverty.
Thank you St Ronan’s for the contributions made at Christmas of $1,563.00.
Douglas Day, CWS Advocate at St Ronan’s
AUGUST 2016 UPDATE
Churches with refugees: World Refugee Day is observed yearly on 20 June, to raise awareness of refugee situations throughout the world. That Day reminds us of the failures of the international community to deal effectively with conflicts which force families to leave their homes to save their lives. About 55% of all refugees come from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Sudan. On World Refugee Day, Christian World Service (CWS) congratulated our churches for extending hospitality and practical support to refugee communities here in NZ.
2016 World Humanitarian Summit: Clear action is needed now if CWS and its partners in ACT Alliance are to move from delivering aid to ending need. The Summit, attended by 6,000 people, failed to make real progress on respecting the rules of war. But there was still a recognition of the need for new ideas to improve international responses to crises. Among other organisations, Medecins Sans Frontieres released a hard-hitting report for the Summit. Aid policy experts talked about improving delivery, finding new finance streams and localising response.
Ending Hospital Attacks? The NZ Government has used its seat on the UN Security Council to stand up against war crimes and to defend fundamental humanitarian principles. The Security Council resolution came just a week after an aerial bomb ripped through a hospital in the Syrian city of Allepo, killing 27. Elsewhere, in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Ukraine and Yemen, hospitals have been routinely bombed, raided, looted or burned to the ground. In some instances, patients were shot in their beds. NZ aid workers welcome the steps (provision of finance) taken by our Government to assist in condemnation of attacks on hospitals and aid workers.
(CWS Representative at St Ronan’s) Douglas Day