From sustainable development in Masaya to educational projects in Leicester
The Leicester Masaya Link Group (LMLG) is responsible for the town-twinning link between Leicester and the city of Masaya in Nicaragua, Central America. We aim to foster friendship and mutual understanding by co-ordinating projects and exchanges that enrich the lives of people in both cities. The Leicester Masaya Link Group co-ordinates Leicester’s international town-twinning link with the city of Masaya in Nicaragua (Central America). We work towards the relief of poverty in Nicaragua and we raise awareness of related global issues in Leicester and its surroundings. In Leicester, we work with schools, youth and community groups, delivering educational programmes that help to build understanding of the link and associated global issues across all sectors of the community. We also put on public talks to inform people about our work, as well as cultural events that bring the richness of Nicaragua’s cultural heritage to Leicester and celebrate the diversity of our respective cities. Our work in Nicaragua focuses on projects for sustainable development, working with local partners to facilitate projects that respond to local needs and empower the people they involve.
Who We Are
Ed Brown – LMLG Chair
Ed has been Chair of Leicester Masaya Link Group since 1996. As a Professor of Global Energy Challenges, his teaching examines international development with a particular focus on Central America. His role in Leicester Masaya Link Group has seen the group evolve from a small town twinning organisation into the Development Education Centre that it is now.
Richard Sieff – LMLG Treasurer
I joined the LMLG in 2015 because I was keen to continue being involved with local sustainable development work after being part of an International Citizen Service (ICS) project to improve watershed management in Nicaragua (Matagalpa) in 2014.
Danny Myers – Trustee (and Assistant City Mayor, Leicester City Council)
I joined the LMLG in 2017 because I’d always been impressed by the links and relationships forged between Leicester and Masaya as I was growing up here (I’ve known John Perry for many, many years!)
I was keen to get involved so those links could evolve and support the global agenda around sustainable development. There’s so much we can learn from each other.
Roo Peake – Vice Chair
I first worked with Leicester Masaya Link Group as a Youth Worker specialising in Global Youth Work. Together, we created a resource called Destination:Think and later I become a trustee of the organisation.
I remain part of Leicester Masaya Link Group because I understand the interconnectedness between individuals and how our behaviour can impact and influence others. Leicester Masaya Link Group educates children, young people and communities about their responsibilities as Global Citizens and encourages everyone to work together to achieve positive outcomes.
John is a founder member of LMLG, his wife Abi is from Masaya and he has lived in the city since 2003, helping to co-ordinate project work there by the LMLG.
Andrew is a social scientist, educator and community organiser with interests in education for sustainable development, action research and the behavioural dynamics of engagement with climate change and sustainability. Andrew brings his academic knowledge and commitment toward seeking long term sustainability in Leicestershire to his role as trustee for Leicester Masaya Link Group.
In the beginning...
The LMLG is a charity that manages Leicester’s international twinning link with the city of Masaya in Nicaragua (Central America). Established in 1987, we have a two-fold remit, implementing projects for sustainable development in Masaya alongside related educational projects for schools, youth and community groups in Leicester.
As a registered Global Learning Centre, we offer tailor-made workshops for pupils/students and teacher-training sessions to support cross-curricular education for global citizenship. Using our first-hand knowledge of Latin America and expertise in sustainable development, we provide a unique local to global perspective within Core and Foundations subjects. We run experiential learning projects that enable young people to connect what they do in school to the challenges of living in a fast-changing, interdependent and uncertain world. We specialise in participatory methodologies that encourage critical thinking and help develop resilience, giving young people the skills to plan for a just and sustainable future.
Working in partnership with Leicester’s twin city in Nicaragua and raising awareness of global issues.
Challenging global inequality and taking action for change.
The Leicester Masaya Link Group (LMLG) was set up in 1987 to co-ordinate the twinning link between Leicester and the city of Masaya in Nicaragua, Central America. Charitable status was obtained in 2002. Since its inception, the two main aims of the LMLG have been:
1) Working towards the relief of poverty in the Masaya region of Nicaragua and
2) Raising awareness of development and global issues in Leicester and Masaya
To achieve these aims, the LMLG had undertaken a range of activities in Nicaragua and the UK.
In Masaya, the LMLG works with community-based organisations on projects to promote sustainable development. These have included constructing water storage tanks, organising small-scale organic farming programmes, building eco-friendly houses and installing solar electricity in areas that cannot access power from the grid.
In Leicester, the LMLG has run a programme of educational activities designed to improve understanding of development issues relating to the work on the ground in Nicaragua as well as the wider global issues such as fair trade, climate change and human rights. The LMLG has provided a range of global learning opportunities for schools, youth groups and the community at large, including the ‘Food for Thought’ and ‘Plant for Product’ projects which provide a flexible and interactive approach to global citizenship.