Community Dispatches

It’s a scary world

nica flag

A recent email communication from a friend in the States arrived the other day letting me know that he, his wife and their two young daughters would be vacationing in Nicaragua and hoped to stop in to see me on their way to the coast. As soon as this news was made available to his friends and family back home the inevitable concerns cropped up. Emails arrived. Nicaragua, are you kidding? Isn’t that place really dangerous? Continue Reading →

Deaf services grow in Nicaragua

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 7.08.04 PM

Although acquainted with the Deaf via service trips in Belize since 2005, Nicaragua, I found out in 2007, was different. In every way different: language, cultural diversity, temperament, geography and nationalism. I saw in the lined faces of the farmers and the colorful, handsewn dresses of the female teachers a kind of colorful passion for life that drew me into their world and left me hungry for more Gallo Pinto. As a seeker, I was happy to offer whatever skills or resources the Deaf people in Nicaragua needed from me. Signing since childhood, laughter and learning were second nature. Continue Reading →

La Esposa


Not long ago, I stayed with a family in Managua for about a month, when I was working there. The couple were in their mid-30s and had two children, a boy and a girl. The woman’s mother lived there as well, helped around the house, and painted small flower watercolors. The room they rented me was at the rear of the house, so far back that it flirted with detachment. The slotted window above my bed looked out on the area where the women scrubbed clothes with a brush in a ribbed basin. Continue Reading →

How a selfie can help hungry kids in Managua

People from around the world have joined Snap Your Snack

The issue of food waste has really caught the world’s attention in 2015 as outrage grows over the amount of food that is thrown away while hundreds of millions of people go hungry. Even in Nicaragua, where around one in five people don’t have enough to eat, tonnes of food is thrown out daily. Now Eat United, a food rescue organisation in Managua, is using people’s passion for food (and love of a selfie) to raise money and awareness around these important issues. Eat United Nicaragua is a community-based social project founded on the philosophy that food waste and food poverty should not co-exist. “Everyone should have access to quality food, in sufficient quantities,” says founder Katie Alesbury, “We rescue good fruit and veggies from the market that would otherwise be wasted, and share them with food insecure communities. Continue Reading →

Help save species along Nicaragua’s canal route


The interoceanic canal will cause irreparable harm to Lake Cocibolca and the Mesoamerican marine and terrestrial flora and fauna and its gene flow. We hope to save Nicaragua’s biodiversity by collecting samples along the canal route to create a baseline DNA registry of existing species before canal damage makes this impossible. Click HERE to help Nicaraguan scientists by making a donation to this project
Jorge Huete, director of Centro de Biología Molecular, UCA Continue Reading →

10 things to know about getting residency in Nicaragua

immigration office in Managua

Nicaragua is quickly becoming the favorite choice for expat living in Central America. Considering Nicaragua’s reputation for safety and affordability, it is no wonder why. Residency is a major step when making the move. Here are ten things to know about going through Nicaragua’s residency process. 1. Continue Reading →

Remembering Peder Kolind

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 10.02.07 PM

I met Peder Kolind in November 2006 during a trip to Nicaragua to report on the Presidential elections. It was my first trip there and I was pretty much lost until Peder graciously invited me to dinner in the building on Calle Atravesada where he had his museum of pre-colombian ceramics. I knew little about him until his Danish guests produced an article from a Danish magazine naming him Denmark’s Bill Gates for his humanitarian work. The next evening I visited his  program at Carita Feliz and saw first-hand the staggering commitment he had made to helping thousands of abandoned street kids in Granada. Subsequently my wife, Julie, and I visited at least once a year, always bringing potential donors in the expectation that they would help various non-profits in Granada. Continue Reading →

Micro Cosmos


A packed mícro in 100-degree heat is highly uncomfortable, but it is also an ideal place to witness the communal ethos of life in Nicaragua. Continue Reading →