16 March 2018 - Creating Young Leaders in Sustainable Development Conference from 9.30 - 4pm at City Hall, Leicester LE1 1FZ
11 April 2018 - Marking over 30 years of Friendship, Solidarity and Learning between Leicester and Masaya from 6-8pm at the Chapel Cafe, Bishop Street, Leicester LE1 6AF
PROJECT UPDATES and NEWS:
Nicaragua to sign Paris Agreement - read more here
Nicaragua Now - news and stories from and about Nicaragua
Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with one of the highest debts in the world. The LMLG has worked with numerous organisations in Masaya, to support a range of projects that promote sustainable development and empower the people they involve.
In all projects, whether they focus on building water tanks, crop diversity, livestock or energy efficient stoves, the LMLG strives to uphold best practice in development by creating effective partnership with the Masayan people. We collaberate with known non-govermental organisations who work with local people on solutions and systems to suit local needs and conditions.
In addition, the LMLG has worked in conjunction with other European cities and organisations that have links with Masaya, to develop larger scale projects (housing, water and waste management).
The LMLG has raised considerable funds to alleviate the devastating effects of hurricanes and earthquakes which are a constant threat to the lives and livelihoods of the Nicaraguan people.
Projects in Masaya are funded by donations and fundraising events.
Individual projects are listed below, with links to further information or you may want to read our latest annual review here.
Launched in Febraury 2016, this two-year project managed by our Nicaraguan partner organisation, ADIC, aims to work with 100 young people from two rural communities, providing training for them to commercialise traditional fruit products. Participants will be introduced to aspects of the commercial food sector such as packaging of products, labelling and public health regulations. Read more here.
This was a capacity building project working with 30 women producers to help them commercialise their fruit products. It inlcuded training in selecting, preparing and packing fruit for sale to supermarkets and suppport with setting up commercial links. It was funded by the British Embassy to Nicaragua and completed in 2016. Read more here.
Our partner organisation, ADIC, received funding from the British Embassy in Nicaragua for this project involved the installation of a solar powered irrigation system in a pre-existing well to improve the water supply for 23 families and their farms. This now supplies a new feeder tank and irrigation pipes which enable families to grow tomatoes and fruit crops in the dry season, using a drip irrigation method to conserve water. Read more here.
A project that aims to improve productivity and income for 30 farms around the Laguna de Masaya by diversifying crops and building community cooperation. The emphasis is on the conservation and protection of the lake area with a view to increasing eco-torusim. Read more here. You can also see regular updated and the latest item 'Happy views in Vista Alegre' on the 'Two Worlds' blog by John Perry.
This project is responding to the lack of electrification in rural Masaya with the installation of photo voltaic panels. Since the project began in 2005, the LMLG and ADIC, our partner organisation, have together installed PV kits in well over 200 households, benefitting over a thousand people. Based on a revolving fund model, the work is continuing with the aim of puting Proyecto Sol on a long-term, sustainable footing. Read more here. A generous donation from Southern Housing is supporting the latest phase of the project as reviewd in the 'Two Worlds' blog.
The illegal dumping of rubbish in the Monimbo district of Masaya has been causing considerable damage to the Laguna de Masaya. This project, set up in memory of Joss Perry, is helping to mitigate the problem by installing a fence around the top of the valley to prevent further dumping and working with the council to encourage recycling. Read more here
Young People and the Economy