18 Sep 2017 - Management Committee meeting at 6pm at Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester
PROJECT UPDATES and NEWS:
Nicaragua to sign Paris Agreement - read more here
Nicaragua Now - news and stories from and about Nicaragua
After considering that the Paris Agrrement did not go far enough, Nicaragua's President, Daniel Ortega iagreed the country should sign on to the deal in a show of solidarity with other nations, particularly given Donald Trump's withdrawal of the US and widespread criticism by other world leaders he faced as a result.
Generous donation from Southern Housing Group for development projects in Nicaragua
Southern Housing Group has been a valued supporter of the LMLG’s work for more than a decade, raising and donating large sums of money for projects that have improved living standards for over 250 families in rural Masaya. Over the years, SHG has contributed to housing projects where homes have been rebuilt following natural disasters, alongside renewable energy projects that have brought light to areas not reached by the national grid. The current project focuses on training for 50 young producers to develop skills to commercialise traditional fruit products and improve employment prospects in rural communities. The Leicester Masaya Link Group has received a huge donation of £1000 from Southern Housing Group for important development work with rural communities in our twin city of Masaya. The cheque was presented to John Perry, our committee member based in Nicaragua, on his most recent visit to the UK. Thanking Tom Dacey, the Chief Executive, John commented that ‘contributions of this magnitude have a significant impact on recipients in Masaya, enabling the LMLG and its partner organisation, the Association for Integrated Rural Development, to continue ongoing projects and initiate new ventures in response to need.’
One of the regular donors to the LMLG’s projects in Masaya is the London-based Southern Housing Group. In January, the organisation’s Head of Sustainability, Will Routh, visited Nicaragua and went to meet some of the families involved in the various projects and find out if and how they have benefitted . John Perry, the LMLG’s committee member in Masaya accompanied Will and reports on the conversations. Read more here:
One thing leads to another
Inspired by a volunteering placement in Nicaragua with Raleigh International, Richard Sieff is now an active and invaluable member of the LMLG’s Management Committee. In this blog he describes how we can all learn and benefit from connecting with communities in other parts of the world. https://raleighinternational.org/blog/alumni/richard-takes-action-back-home-leicester/
Below are some of our project bulletins, written specially by John Perry, our Managment Committee member based in Nicaragua. These relate to work that is being undertaken by our partner organisation, ADIC, the Association for Integrated Community Development.
Agrovivienda is the long term housing project, for small farmers in Masaya, supported by the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Leicester Masaya Link Group.
The Nicaragua Network (Nica Net) provides information from a network of solidarity, sister city and peace and justice committees. Publications include the Nicaragua Network Hotline, the Nicaragua News Service the Nicaragua Monitor and occasional monographs.
Get the latest news from Nicaragua by visiting Nica Net.
There are no current newsletters from the LMLG but we hope to produce a quarterly email update in due course.
Past newsletters can be viewed below.
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General Updates and Information about Nicaragua
El Niño Triggers Drought, Food Crisis in Nicaragua -
The spectre of famine is haunting Nicaragua. The second poorest country in Latin America, and one of the 10 most vulnerable to climate change in the world, is facing a meteorological phenomenon that threatens its food security.
Scientists at the Nicaraguan Institute for Territorial Studies (INETER) say the situation is correlated with the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), a weather cycle that periodically causes drought on the western Pacific seaboard and the centre of the country, in contrast with seasonal flooding in the north and the eastern Caribbean coast. Read more here http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/07/el-nino-triggers-drought-food-crisis-in-nicaragua/