Quest for Peace
The Quest for Peace is a program of liberating development. We seek to build a policy of peace and friendship between the people of the United States and Nicaragua by working to realize a world of greater opportunity and justice.
Institute of John XXIII
In effort to alleviate Nicaragua’s housing crisis The Quixote Center and the Institute of John XXIII, our Nicaraguan partners, have worked to provide housing to impoverished Nicaraguans since reconstruction efforts following Hurricane Mitch in 1998. We construct high quality, earthquake and hurricane resistant homes. Through a network of institutional relationships, including the bank Banpro, we now support a financially self-sustaining model for affordable housing. The key component of this model is the creation of financial trust whose funds are used to provide rolling loans for housing. The Quixote Center committed $2 million to the creation of trust. Most importantly this project is self-sustaining. The capacity of the program will continue to grow while more families each year enjoy the many benefits of a secure and dignified home. To succeed in this endeavor, many hands and hearts are needed. Please read our full description of this project, and make a lasting contribution to the fight against homelessness.
Federation of Campesinos (FEDICAMP)
The Quixote Center is working with the Federation of Campesinos (FEDICAMP) to mitigate effects of the changing climate on Nicaragua’s smallholder farmers by constructing irrigation systems. Drought during the rainy seasons has resulted in a failed first cycle crops, as the planted seeds have died waiting for water. Food prices in Nicaragua have increased drastically, and the supply of basic grains is not sufficient for subsistence farmers. Crop failure has disastrous implications for poor rural families dependent on the food they grow. Smallholder farmers also harvest seeds at the end of each growing cycle used to fuel the next planting season. A failed season means that poor families must purchase any seeds they can for the next crop cycle. Often, families cannot purchase enough seeds, resulting in smaller crop yields and economic opportunity.
The Quest for Peace was launched by the Quixote Center in 1985 as a direct challenge to the Reagan administration’s efforts to topple the Sandinista government. The goal was to ensure that the movement in the United States delivered a combination of material aid and direct solidarity at levels greater than the amount of money appropriated by Congress to support the Contras. The Quixote Center managed the national tally of material assistance, work brigades and other forms of solidarity in 1986 and 1987. The Center was able to demonstrate that the solidarity community in the U.S. spent more trying to help the people of Nicaragua than Reagan’s administration did trying to topple the government. The focus on material aid during the 1980s transitioned into a greater financial commitment to support community development and housing in the 1990s. The current program Homes of Hope has its roots in Quixote Center assistance to the Institute of John XXIII to support reconstruction efforts in Nicaragua following Hurricane Mitch (1998). The Institute of John XXIII would end up building more homes than the government of Nicaragua in the years immediately after the Hurricane.
Quest for Peace Initiatives:
Homes of Hope
In effort to alleviate Nicaragua’s housing crisis The Quixote Center and the Institute of John XXIII, our Nicaraguan partners, have worked to provide housing to impoverished Nicaraguans for more than 15 years. We construct high quality, earthquake and hurricane resistant homes. Joined by Banpro, a Nicaraguan bank, we now present a creative evolution of our affordable housing model, financially self-sustaining and capable of producing many more houses. Read more
The Quixote Center has partnered with FEDICAMP to install a series of irrigation systems for small farmers. The families who participate in FEDICAMP’s programs are selected because of their commitment to the cause of sustainable agriculture and their extensive knowledge of local farming techniques. The simple drip irrigation systems will create a series of “oases” that can be used for intensive cultivation during periods of drought. The sites we have selected for irrigation are those with easy access to a year-round water source and each would provide a family farm with consistent water for crops. Read more