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The Future Direction for Waves of Hope
It is with heavy hearts that since April 2018 we have witnessed growing civil unrest in our beloved Nicaragua. What started as peaceful protests over social security changes quickly escalated into a nationwide movement when the government responded with violence against the protestors. Although the proposed changes were quickly rescinded, the unrest has continued across the country. Protestors have remained steadfast in their call for justice for those who have died, the resignation of the President, and the establishment of a democratic and peaceful Nicaragua.
The result of this repression, violence and instability has lead to a dramatic shift in an otherwise steady economic and sociopolitical growth. The number of job losses in the tourist sector alone is estimated at over 80,000, and with steep economic declines across the board in an already impoverished country, Nicaragua is currently in a very volatile situation.
It breaks our hearts to see this country that we have come to love so dearly in a state of turmoil. Through our previous projects and initiatives we have seen firsthand what dramatic impacts small changes can make to the lives of many people in our surrounding communities. In the light of these recent events we have decided to make a few changes in the prioritization of our efforts in Nicaragua. The principle focus will remain the same; however, we are hoping to extend the realm of our focus to ensure that basic human needs are being met during this difficult time. This includes but is not limited to
- Access to food, shelter and clean water
- Access to proper health care and emergency supplies
- Support programs for mothers and children in need
- Micro-financing initiatives and vocational training for alternative means of income