Country: Nicaragua

A Day Without Water

Have you experienced a day without water? There are many things you can’t do —  drink, bathe, cook food, wash your hands, use the toilet, wash dishes, wash clothes, clean the house, give water to your pet or make ice.

Such a simple liquid is vital for daily life.

Pacaya Community, El Crucero Municipality, is a community located in the only plateau of Nicaragua, 900 meters high, and has historical problems with drinking water, which has been exacerbated with a two year drought.

At the School Jose Cecilio del Valle, there are 133 children who live without potable water 365 days a year. The children go to school without taking a shower and with dirty clothes. It’s an ordeal to prepare food for the family. Oftentimes, the mother has to get up early and walk two kilometers to buy a bucket of water. Lack of water perpetuates diarrhea, skin diseases, lice and other parasites that do not allow children to absorb the nutrients from the food they receive.

But at Convoy of Hope, we cannot conceive a nutrition program divorced from water and sanitation. Every child — in addition to being well fed — deserves access to clean and safe drinking water. We recognize the importance of that and are working towards implementing WASH (Water Access, Sanitation & Hygiene) programs at each of our feeding centers.

Today, I challenge you. Every time you turn on the faucet, remember the millions of families without access to clean and safe water.

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Shipping Hope 4/24/14

In the last 10 days, Convoy of Hope shipped 378,000 lbs. of food and relief supplies to Haiti, Nicaragua and Kenya. These containers are full of supplies for our Global Initiatives.

Want to help?Ship hope.

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Convoy of Hope staff and volunteers prepare food and relief supplies for distribution in Nicaragua. Convoy of Hope staff and volunteers prepare food and relief supplies for distribution in Nicaragua.

Assisting Nicaragua earthquake survivors

After a series of earthquakes shook Nicaragua this week, our Disaster Services team is mobilizing support in the country through our established feeding program centers to assist survivors.

In Mateare, one of the regions most affected by the initial earthquake, in country staff are coordinating with the Nicaraguan government by distributing 1,000 bags of groceries to 1,000 families. The government is facilitating the delivery of the bags.

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“Our Children’s Feeding Initiative is already active in Mateare where we are feeding more than 1,800 children, so we were in a good position to get food to earthquake survivors quickly,” says Chris Dudley, disaster services response director.

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Teams will also deliver 220 bags of food for 220 families in the communities of Canaán and Cristiana Socialista Solidaria, where we have two Program Centers, serving 449 children.

“Next week we will be delivering 100 kits with kitchen supplies to 100 families who lost all of their household items, 100 barrels to store clean water, and 300 basic school kits to affected families so their children can go back to school,” says Andrea Frey Metzger, Latin America field operations director.

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Guests of honor with groceries at the community outreach in Nicaragua. Guests of honor with groceries at the community outreach in Nicaragua.

Community outreaches in Nicaragua, Mexico serve thousands

Recent international Community Outreaches in Nicaragua and Mexico served more than 3,300 guests of honor in impoverished communities.

In Nicaragua, the outreach took place in two communities – Barrio Canaan and Barrio Socialista y Solidaria – where volunteers served up 1,500 meals, distributed 850 bags of groceries and provided other services such as health screenings and even veterinary services.

“As I walked through the outreach and visited the different stations and booths, I was moved to see so many kids and parents with smiles on their faces,” says Andrea Frey, Latin American regional ranager. “From young to old, what I saw was something I don’t regularly see in a poverty-stricken country like Nicaragua … hope. It was a day for the community to rejoice.”

Mexico’s outreach served 2,000 guests of honor in the poor community of Queretaro where free groceries, warm meals and medical screenings gave many hope.

“It was evident that there were many people in great need in the neighborhood we targeted,” says David Speer, global initiative field coordinator. “We were honored to be there.”

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Photo Credits: Jeremy Denief and Kirk Noonan Photo Credits: Jeremy Denief and Kirk Noonan
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