Community Dispatches

How a selfie can help hungry kids in Managua

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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 →

Remembering Peder Kolind

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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 →

Returning dust storms are affecting children’s health

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TELICA — This time of year, the only relief from the dry heat of northwest Nicaragua is an occasional breeze. But recently the winds carried something dangerous: massive clouds of dust that blanketed the town of Telica and the surrounding area. When the dust storms ended after several days, their effects came into focus. Dust had swept into hundreds of homes. Local hospitals treated children for pneumonia, allergies, and respiratory ailments. Continue Reading →

Meet the head-spinning b-boys and b-girls of Leon

The B-boys of Leon

LEON, Nicaragua — As sunset approaches, Leon’s central plaza explodes with music and dance, but not the typical Central American folkloric kind. A crew of break dancers and rappers shows off “power moves,” spinning on their heads, contorting their bodies, and shooting their legs into the air. The dancers, who range in age from about 15 – 30, call themselves “b-boys” and “b-girls” — break-boys and break-girls. They are the vanguard of a break dancing hip-hop movement that has spread across Nicaragua in recent years. As traffic roars around the plaza, a crowd of curious onlookers gathers around the gazebo where they perform. Continue Reading →