March 27, 2019

HOLIDAY APPEAL: YOU MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!

Good news, just in time for this holiday season!  When I last wrote you in August, Limay was in crisis – and so was much of the country.  I pleaded for your help, and you came through.  Thank you.

Because of caring and generous donors like you, 31 of our scholarship students returned to their classes in September, after the violent unrest and roadblocks ended.  Also, the monthly food packets of basic food staples for 200 elderly and disabled people could be distributed once again.

Now I ask for your support to allow our projects of love and friendship to continue in 2019.  You are a crucial partner in this endeavor!  Here are some ways you can make a difference in Limay:

  • A monthly food packet of beans, rice, and other essential foods for an elderly person. Cost: about $100/year or $9/month
  • A partial college scholarship. Cost: average $180/year or $15/month
  • Poultry to provide vital protein via hens’ eggs. Offspring chicks are passed to other families. Fencing and a chicken coop are $180 per family, or a pledge of $15/month.
  • A medical fund for travel to other towns for treatments, and for prescriptions not carried in the clinic. Cost: $5-10 per prescription
  • A preschool nutrition and education centerfor about 55 children.  Our share of the center’s budget:  about $95/year or $8/month per child
  • The Phil Mitchell revolving loan fund, which provides microcredit for small businesses and housing repair at the lowest interest rates in the Limay area. Any donation amount increases the fund capital.

Thank you for your faithful support!  Please give now so we can plan carefully for our 2019 projects.  Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

You can also give your “spare change,” rounding up to the next dollar, on your credit card purchases.  Sign up at https://www.MyChange.com/CBL   Note: Does not apply to Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 8: HOLIDAY PARTY 2018

You’re cordially invited!  Party starts at 6:00 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. or so.  Address:  2902 Louise Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21214. 

This is a *fun* raiser as well as a fundraiser for projects in our friendship community, San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua.  (College scholarships, food security for the most vulnerable, medical fund, water projects, revolving loan development fund)

Please bring a potluck dish to share, and lots of holiday love. Your friends and family are also very welcome.

Do YOU have talent to share?  Please prepare a song, a poem, a comedy riff, your spoon-rhythm band, your caricature drawings…. You get the picture.  The sky’s the limit – we want to enjoy what you bring to the party.  

A donation is requested for our projects – please throw something in the basket! No one will be turned away. And we’ll raffle off a bottle of the world’s best rum – 7-year-old Flor de Caña.  This will be fun, don’t miss it!

Directions to the party: From Charles Street, head east on Northern Parkway to Old Harford Road, then turn right (south). Go four (4) blocks, turn left on Louise Avenue. House is on the left.

SUNDAY, DEC. 10 – 2017 HOLIDAY PARTY

We are postponing the Casa Baltimore/Limay holiday party to Sunday, Dec. 10, because of a winter storm forecast for our original date.  You’re cordially invited!  Party starts at 5:00 p.m., with dinner at 5:30 p.m. or so.  Address:  2902 Louise Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21214. 

This is a *fun* raiser as well as a fundraiser for projects in our friendship community, San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua.  (College scholarships, food security for the most vulnerable, medical fund, water projects, revolving loan development fund)

Please bring a potluck dish to share, and lots of holiday love. Your friends and family are also very welcome.

Do YOU have talent to share?  Please prepare a song, a poem, a comedy riff, your spoon-rhythm band, your caricature drawings…. You get the picture.  The sky’s the limit – we want to enjoy what you bring to the party.  Any questions?  Call Barbara, 410-444-1023.

A donation is requested for our projects – please throw something in the basket! No one will be turned away. And we’ll raffle off a bottle of the world’s best rum – 7-year-old Flor de Caña.  This will be fun, don’t miss it!

Directions to the party: From Charles Street, head east on Northern Parkway to Old Harford Road, then turn right (south). Go four (4) blocks, turn left on Louise Avenue. House is on the left.

2016 HOLIDAY PARTY W/ TALENT ENTERTAINMENT

Casa Baltimore/Limay cordially invites you:

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3

STARTS AT 5:30 PM, DINNER AT 6:00 PM

2902 Louise Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21214

This is a *fun* raiser as well as a fundraiser for projects in our friendship community, Limay, Nicaragua.  Please bring a potluck dish to share, and lots of holiday love. Your friends and family are also very welcome.

We’ll also have SHARED TALENT – music, poetry and more!  Those confirmed so far include:  Paulo Gregory Harris, Dave Eberhardt, Marjorie Roswell, Steve Sorrow, John Reuter.  Bring YOUR talent in any category to add to the festivities!

And we’ll raffle off a bottle of the world’s best rum – 7-year-old Flor de Caña.

A donation is requested – please throw something in the basket!  No one will be turned away.  The funds support our projects – college scholarships, food security for the most vulnerable, medical fund, and a revolving loan development fund.

Directions to the party: From Charles Street, head east on Northern Parkway to Old Harford Road, then turn right (south). Go four (4) blocks, turn left on Louise Avenue. House is on the left.

FIESTA FUN(D) RAISER, SATURDAY, SEPT. 17, 2016

Maryland-area friends, please join us for FIESTA FUN!

Rain or Shine – benefit for our projects in Limay, Nicaragua*

Enjoy the tranquility of Dipping Pond Run, a beautiful trout stream in a gorgeous valley. Recharge your energy! Renew your faith in the universe! Join in music- and merry-making!

Live music provided by YOU & others TBA
(Music jam and singalong included in festivities)

No donation too large, & no one turned away! Bring checkbook.
Donations also taken on this website!

BRING: LOVE! Potluck dish Musical Instrument
Lawn Chair/ Blanket Swim Suit, Towel, Wading Shoes Hiking Shoes, Long Pants

RSVP and carpool info: 410-444-1023 or
Barbara.Larcom@gmail.com

Directions: From Greenspring Station, take Greenspring Valley Road west 1 mile. Turn right/ north on Greenspring Avenue. Go half a mile to Highview Dr. (1st right, top of hill). Turn right again on Candlestick Dr. (2nd right). End of court on right, #5.

2015 HOLIDAY PARTY WITH NICA GUESTS PAUL & JOEL BAKER-HERNANDEZ

Casa Baltimore/Limay cordially invites you:

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13

STARTS AT 5:30 PM, DINNER AT 6:00 PM

2902 Louise Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21214

This is a *fun* raiser as well as a fundraiser for projects in our friendship community, Limay, Nicaragua.  Please bring a potluck dish to share, and lots of holiday love. Your friends and family are also very welcome.

We’ll also have entertainment by singer/ songwriter Paul Baker Hernandez and his 17-year-old son Joel, visiting from Nicaragua. And we’ll raffle off a bottle of the world’s best rum – 7-year-old Flor de Caña.  This will be fun, don’t miss it!

A donation is requested – please throw something in the basket!  No one will be turned away.  The funds support our projects – college scholarships, food security for the most vulnerable, medical fund, and a revolving loan development fund.

Directions to the party: From Charles Street, head east on Northern Parkway to Old Harford Road, then turn right (south). Go four (4) blocks, turn left on Louise Avenue. House is on the left.

Share your memories & thoughts with us!

Bring your favorite memories to our 30th anniversary celebration on October 10 to share aloud.  Also write them down on this website!  We’ll preserve them and share them with a wider audience.  NOTE:  First click on “Register” on the upper right of our home page.  After registering, click on the link under “30th anniversary” on the left side.

Save the date! Saturday, October 10, 2015 – Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 3 to 6 PM, we’ll hold a 30th anniversary celebration in the Peabody Room of the Episcopal Diocesan Center, located on the northeast corner of Charles Street and University Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Co-founder Nan McCurdy and her husband Miguel Mairena are coming, and Nan will speak. Light refreshments will be served.  

 

Thank you! How you’re making a difference

Dear Friends,

A little over a month ago, I was in San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua, calling on people in their homes.  I saw, firsthand but not for the first time, how people’s lives are changing because of Casa Baltimore/Limay’s programs.  Generous people like you are making a difference in Limay.  Thank you!  Please keep up the great support as we enter our 29th year of friendship there.

Your tax-deductible donation to this appeal before the end of 2013 will be matched, 1:1, up to a total of $9,000, by a supportive major donor.

You can click here to donate to our projects.

Tranquilino Garmendia, chair of our Limay counterpart committee, was my guide for the house calls.  Our first visit was to Silvia Chavarría Arosteguí.  Silvia is 29 years old; she was only a year old when our friendship-community started.  Now she has two children, ages nine years and eight months.  Here is a picture of her holding the baby:

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Silvia is one of our 30 scholarship recipients.  She is in the fourth year of a five-year program of studies to become a licensed schoolteacher.  She also works part-time teaching adults to read, and she says she is reaching her goals one grain of sand (un granito de arena) at a time.

I met about 20 other scholarship students during my time in Limay.  They are happy about their opportunities for a better future, and every one of them asked me to thank the people of Baltimore.

These students receive an average of $150 per year for a partial scholarship, or $12.50 per month.  A full scholarship is $300 per year.  Will you consider supporting a scholarship, in full or in part, for a young person in Nicaragua?

Click here to donate to our projects.

Scholarships for college and technical school are only one of Casa Baltimore/Limay’s programs.  Collaborating with our counterpart committee in Limay, we do a lot on a budget under $35,000.

♥ During my Limay home visits, I met four recipients of our food packets.  You can “meet” them too, people like Filomena López, in the photo just below.  Each month we provide food staples to 200 elderly and disabled people who have no family support.  Few Nicaraguans have pensions, so the elderly without families are vulnerable.  The packets mean food security for people who have so little.

Your donation of $85 will buy a year’s worth of packets for one person; $7 will pay for one packet.

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♥ In November I encountered Víctor Rodríguez, a thin elderly man living near the village of San Lorenzo.  He and his brother received a milk cow two years ago; the cow gave birth in April, and the calf will go to another family when it’s mature.  Víctor is benefiting from our program of milk cows, chickens and beehives for poor families, with the animal offspring and new hives passed along to others.  It is another example of the food security we support.

Poultry are an especially valuable gift for many poor families, because hens and roosters don’t need a pasture and can be kept near the family home.  Eggs augment a family’s diet with vital protein, and extra eggs can be sold for income.

Will you promote food security in Limay?  Six hens and a rooster for a family cost about $100.  Fencing and a chicken coop for these birds will cost $180, or a pledge of $15/month.

Click here to donate to our projects.

♥ We subsidize CENIC, a preschool nutrition and education center for about 55 children at risk of malnutrition and stunted development.  They get breakfast, lunch, and preschool classes five days a week.  I visited CENIC in November and took a picture of the very cute kids you see below.

Will you help them?  Our share of the CENIC budget is about $85 per child for a year, or $7 a month.

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♥ I also visited with Irlanda del Carmen Bonilla Acuña.  She is a beneficiary of our medical fund which paid for her travel to Managua for treatments.  In addition to travel to medical appointments outside of Limay, the fund pays for prescriptions for people who couldn’t otherwise afford them, for those medicines not carried in the government health clinic.

Like our food security programs, the medical fund can mean a huge improvement in people’s quality of life in Limay – at times even the difference between life and death. 

Will you support life and health in Limay?  $125 pays for one month of our total medical budget.

I hope these descriptions help you feel what I experienced in Limay.  Our ongoing work there affects people who are important to us.  Through our programs, folks have more food to eat, people’s health is enhanced, and youth have a chance to contribute to Nicaragua’s future.

So I ask:  Please give now, if at all possible.  Your gift will be matched 1:1, and it will help us plan our budget for Limay projects in 2014.  I hope you’ll dig deep, honoring 28+ years of friendship.

With grateful thanks,

Barbara Larcom, for Casa Baltimore/Limay

P.S.  Your donation is tax-deductible.  You can click here to donate.  If you prefer, you can mail a check to Casa Baltimore/Limay, c/o St. John’s Church, 2640 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Thank you!!