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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)

Jim Burchell, Presente!

Jim Burchell, Presente!

It is difficult to write of a friend in the past tense; to say, “He was a good man”, or “He was a funny guy.”  “Was” seems to final.  But then death is final and I suppose we need to find ways to accept the passing of friends; putting them in the past is one way we do this. … (Read the Rest)

Green Schools

Green Schools

So often in development we hear stories of one side throwing money at the other, who can only use it for a project that they never really wanted (or needed). Unlike this one-sided relationship, The Quixote Center’s entire mission is centered on equal relationship with our partners.

Over the New Year we learned of a program that has been ongoing in the northwest of Haiti.… (Read the Rest)

Food Aid Reform: What Happens to America’s Farmers?

Food Aid Reform: What Happens to America’s Farmers?

The strongest opposition to Food Aid Reform, a system which currently buys and ships U.S.-grown grain to countries in need, seems to becoming from our own farmers. Yet even many farmers recognize the need for more flexibility in U.S. food aid policies, as outlined in this article by Roger Johnson, the president of the National Farmers Union.… (Read the Rest)

Homes of Hope: 2013

Homes of Hope: 2013

Nicaragua faces a severe housing shortage, one that has left families without options for safe and dignified housing. Homes of Hope is our initiative with the Institute of John XXIII to address the challenges faced by the country’s large working poor population, those with incomes below what is needed to support the family.… (Read the Rest)