Banpro will Finance Social Housing

Banpro will Finance Social Housing

What follows is a translation of an article which appeared in the August 08, 2014 edition of El Nuevo Diario. This new partnership will allow us to amplify our efforts with the Institute Accion Social Juan XXIII to address Nicaragua’s crippling housing crisis.

By Rafael Lara | National (Translated by John Mooney)

Edwin Novoa of the UCA and Julio Ramírez of Banpro.… (Read the Rest)

Gran Plenn Nursery: Project Update

Last summer we began a partnership with the Green Schools Network in northern Haiti. The organizers of the network have worked with school administrators and teachers to develop innovative ways for students to learn and practice ecological restoration throughout their education. We asked for your help and support to build a permanent nursery at the school in Gran Plenn as our first project together.… (Read the Rest)

Rally Report

Rally Report

Last Friday the Quixote Center joined several other local organizations at a rally in front of the White House. I was honored to be joined by several people from the Quixote Center network. Thank you!

We chose the time and location because of a high level meeting between President Obama and the Presidents of the three Central American countries from which most of the recent wave of migrants originated: Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. … (Read the Rest)

Rally to Protect Central American Children

Rally to Protect Central American Children

On Friday, July 25 at 3 p.m. there will be a rally in front of the White House. Please join us to add your voice as we call on President Obama to uphold and defend the legal rights of the migrant children, ensure that families can be reunited and protected here in the United States, and to change the policies of militarization that have helped fuel the crisis.… (Read the Rest)

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. … (Read the Rest)

The Hobby Lobby Verdict

Perhaps I am an incurable optimist, but it never occurred to me that the Supreme Court might side with Hobby Lobby. I didn’t believe that their argument stood a chance, but the Court has taken the side of those who would deny a woman her agency and control of her own body.  … (Read the Rest)

Homes of Hope Update

Homes of Hope Update

A Home of Hope before and after the finishing touches

Construction is underway once again in the village of Chaguitillo! This is the second year that the Homes of Hope program has been active in this community, and the new construction will serve some of the more than fifty families currently waiting for a new home.  … (Read the Rest)

On the Announcement of the Santa Maria’s Rediscovery

On the Announcement of the Santa Maria’s Rediscovery

Earlier this week explorers announced that they had located the wreckage of Christopher Columbus’ flagship, the Santa Maria, off the northern coast of Haiti. For more than 500 years the ship has been sitting beneath the Caribbean Sea mostly ignored by researchers. It was only after retracing Columbus’ steps from his original encampment in Haiti that anyone realized the identity of the vessel.… (Read the Rest)

Food Aid Reform: Cargo Preference

Food Aid Reform: Cargo Preference

The United States is one of the world’s largest food aid providers, yet its practices are inefficient, in part because of the transportation restrictions. Currently, 50% of all aid given must be sent on U.S.-flagged ships, a rule known as Cargo Preference. The argument for this rule is to maintain a reserve of vessels for times of war, and to support the maritime industry.… (Read the Rest)

Earthquake Update

Earthquake Update

Nicaragua has experienced a string of earthquakes that emanated from the fault lines directly under Managua during the last week, ranging from 5.1 to 6.7 on the Richter scale. There have also been aftershocks. The temblors have caused serious concern among seismologists and other experts, and reminded many in Nicaragua of the devastating 1972 earthquake that left 10,000 dead and over 250,000 homeless.… (Read the Rest)