Twinning Cities, Striving towards sustainable development

We help support communities to Reach Their Full Potential

OUR CORE VALUES

01.

Raise Awareness

  • In Nicaragua, we work towards the relief of poverty and our projects focus on sustainable development, working with local partners to raise awareness of the opportunities these projects can provide to help address local needs.
  • We help to raise awareness and build engagement with global issues through educational projects across all sectors of the community in Leicester and the surrounding area.
02.

Engage Communities

  • You might have seen us at community events such as Leicester Riverside Festival and Cosmopolitan Festival providing activities for children and young people.
  • In Leicester, we aim to create an awareness of our partners in Nicaragua and build relationships between partners of similar interests to learn from each other. If you are looking to create a link within Nicaragua, we would love to put you in touch with our contacts.
  • In the past, our project work has included a history project with Leicester African Caribbean Centre, A cookery project with Hindu ladies and work with young people about sustainable fashion.
03.

Build Networks

LMLG will continue to work in its traditional areas of youth development, sustainable energy, global education, and enterprise skills. Projects will continue to run  to indicate the opportunities available for other organisations and businesses within Leicester and Leicestershire.

04.

Strengthen Local Partners

We are keen and able to connect work going on in Masaya with the work done by innovative local partners here in Leicester. The county’s 3 world leading universities, our council and the city’s ever expanding, ever evolving community of voluntary organisations are working tirelessly to make Leicester a truly sustainable city. Linking this to work supporting the same aim in Masaya is a central ambition for the LMLG.

05.

Supporting Educational Programmes

Our flagship project, “Food for Thought” is used by many primary schools in Leicester and Leicestershire to educate children about where their food comes from.

We have many resources for Global and Environmental educational programmes that can be borrowed by teachers and educational practitioners. Email us for more information.

We can facilitate inset days for teachers and training for youth workers on

  • Connecting personal experiences to global relationships
  • Assisting young people that their actions and behaviour has consequences that not only affects themselves but their friends, family and others.
  • Sustainablity and Environmentalism.
06.

Facilitating Sustainable Development

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PROJECTS

Here are some of the main projects based in Leicester and Masaya and what they have achieved. ADIC is LMLG’s partner in Masaya and we have been funding and organising projects jointly for about 20 years. 

Proyecto Sol (‘Sun project’)

Perhaps the biggest project which LMLG has ever run in conjunction with ADIC, this brought electricity to more than 120 homes in rural areas which at the time were remote from the electricity grid, using small-scale solar energy systems. Funding was provided by UK housing associations, including Leicester-based associations. A volunteer engineer from Spain trained ADIC staff to install the solar kits.

In recent years, the government has extended electricity coverage to almost 99% of Nicaragua and electricity generation is close to 80% from renewable sources such as wind, geothermal and hydro.

Destination: Think

Destination: Think is a “off the shelf” resource for youth workers complete with lesson plan, activities and resources for a complete 2 hour session. The resource is a series of workshops based on items needed for a holiday and produced in a suitcase. Lesson plans include sessions on:

  • Passport – Immigration
  • T-Shirt – Fashion Industry
  • Money – Global Financial Inequalities
  • Sunglasses – Climate Change
  • Book – Inequalities in Education

Activity packs can be purchased from 

lmlg@leicestermasayalink.org.uk

Model Farms

ADIC has been working on sustainable agriculture with small farmers in the Masaya area for several decades, often focussed on building the skills of women or young people in the farming families.

One of the tasks shown in the photo is drawing plans of each farm which express each farmer’s ambitions for how it might look in the future.

An aim of the project is that farmers who have taken part in earlier projects help to train new families joining for the first time.

The Global Learning Library

The LMLG also manages the Global Learning Library which comprises our own extensive collection of development education resources. The library contains books, artefacts and learning packs for schools and community organisation to borrow at any time. More information about the resources can be sought from Lee Jowett, Sustainable Schools Co-ordinator for Leicester City Council or by contacting 

lmlg@leicestermasayalink.org.uk

Straw Bale Houses

Many houses in rural areas are poorly built but the cost of building a conventional, earthquake-resistant house is too high for most farming families. ADIC experimented with using straw bale construction, which is both more economical and eco-friendly, using local materials. After building a model house (part of ADIC’s office), 13 new homes were built using the straw bale method.

 A  lot of the new homes are still in excellent condition, several years later.

Global Youth Work

Leicester Masaya Link Group youth and community work practitioners use Think Global’s framework to synthesise some of the complex ideas of good practice in global youth work. This framework is based on the concept of Connect, Challenge, Change, providing youth work practitioners with a model for planning and evaluating their own global youth work.

Leicester Masaya Link Group youth and community work practitioners use Think Global’s framework to synthesise some of the complex ideas of good practice in global youth work. This framework is based on the concept of Connect, Challenge, Change, providing youth work practitioners with a model for planning and evaluating their own global youth work.

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