Delegation: September 21-28

You are invited to join the Quixote Center as we visit our partner organizations in Nicaragua. participants will see first hand our projects of human development, undertaken in partnership with the Institute of John XXIII and the Federation of Campesinos (FEDICAMP).

The price for the delegation is $950, and includes all in-country transportation, food, translation, and housing while in Nicaragua. You are responsible for your own travel to Nicaragua. Below are more details. Contact Andrew Hochhalter for more information and to get your application [andrew@quixote.org or 301-699-0042].

Community Development in Nicaragua

Institute of John XXIII

Our partners at the Institute of John XXIII in Managua have been working with us for more than twenty five years. During that time we have developed a nationwide network of community pharmacies, provided material aid to victims of war and neoliberal economic policies, and worked in partnership with local governments to improve the quality of public education for the rural poor. The Institute maintains several nationwide programs of human development, and participants will learn about their history, programs, and incredible accomplishments.

For the last decade the focus of our work together has been to develop a program to address Nicaragua’s debilitating housing shortage. Approximately 1 in 6 Nicaraguans is either homeless or living in unsafe housing. After ten years of development, the Institute has become the leading builder of social housing for the poor. During our trip we will learn more about the challenges of building homes for the poor, and visit building sites where the Institute is putting theory into action.

Federation of Campesinos (FEDICAMP)

Global climate change is altering the landscapes and lifestyles of agricultural communities in Northern Nicaragua. The intensity and pace of these effects is projected to increase in the coming years. The towns and villages of the North are also at the forefront of the country’s increasing global and trade liberalization brought about by CAFTA and increased foreign corporate investment.

Witness first hand how rural communities in Northern Nicaragua are organizing to preserve their ecological integrity, food security, and community strength in this dynamic environment. Delegates will have the opportunity to meet with Quixote Center partners at the FEDICAMP, an organization with local affiliates in eighteen rural communities across Nicaragua.

The trip will give delegates the tools they need to be reliable witnesses to the situation in Nicaragua, and to advocate in solidarity at home. We hope that knowledge from the trip will be turned into action at home, and Quixote Center staff will be available to assist delegates who wish to organize their friends, community associations, and faith institutions for social justice in Nicaragua.

Please contact Andrew Hochhalter (andrew@quixote.org or 301-699-0042) for more information and to complete the application to reserve a space.

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