July 15, 2020

YOUR HELP NEEDED / DECEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER

Dear friend of San Juan de Limay and Nicaragua,

I hope you enjoy our December newsletter and photos, below, and that you will take a minute to see the progress of the wonderful projects in Limay. The work is still going strong there after 34 years!  Will you donate now so the work can continue into a joyous New Year?

Your gift can:

– feed an elderly person or a preschool child in poverty

– transport an ill patient to a regional clinic or hospital

– support a college or technical school scholarship for a Limay youth

– buy 4 hens and a rooster (with fencing and coop) for a struggling farm family

– and more!

This holiday season, support Casa Baltimore/Limay by making a tax-deductible gift or pledge in honor of a friend or loved one.  Donate now and read more.

In gratitude, Barbara Larcom, Coordinator

Casa Baltimore/Limay, Baltimore Committee

P.S. Federal employees:  We are an approved participant in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).  Please consider a pledge to CB/L, using number 16262.

P.P.S. It’s not too late to support our projects further by ordering boxed collections of Nicaraguan note cards at 40% off the usual price.  Go here for more information, or reply to this email.

 

MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH, IN THIS SEASON AND ALWAYS!

Above:  In Baltimore at our holiday party, celebrating the season with food and song

 

Our Scholarship Recipients Give Back to the Limay Community

Every Saturday, over 30 young people travel by bus from Limay to larger cities, to attend a full day of classes in a university or technical school.  They leave town in early morning darkness, and they return in darkness on the last bus of the day.  During the week they “hit the books,” pursuing their studies at home.

But our scholarship recipients do more than study.  They volunteer with our counterpart board in Limay.  Some are members of an environmental commission – they promote recycling, and plant trees and gardens.  Other students, like those in the photo below, are on the social commission, concerned with people’s social needs.

Above:  Four scholarship recipients, visiting with an elderly woman while delivering a monthly packet of supplemental food

 

Working Together to Save Our Earth and Feed Its People

We are excited at the progress already made in our agroecology project, greatly expanded in late spring 2019.  Local farmers are learning organic methods to grow more types of food, and more of it, to feed their families and to market a surplus.  Communities are also planting trees and ensuring their survival, and they’re harvesting and conserving rainwater.  Six “improved ovens” have also been introduced so far.  The ovens consume less than half the usual firewood.

May the endeavors in Limay (and throughout Nicaragua) inspire those of us in the Global North to do our part to save our earth and feed the hungry.

Above:  Delivery of fruit trees to the community of Quebrada de Agua.  Altogether, 430 fruit trees of 11 species were delivered to 5 communities benefiting 42 families.  Fruit species include orange, Indian lemon, mango, nancite, soursop, acid and Taiwanese guava, sour orange, sweet lemon, coconut and mandarin.

 

Above:  New poultry, protected by new fencing, has come to 10 families in the community of El Terrero.  In addition, 60 families in 5 other communities received fencing to surround their poultry yards.

 

Above:  Construction of a water storage tank.  Altogether, 5 tanks were built in 3 communities, each to hold about 4000 liters.  Each tank took 450 cone bricks, 10 bags of cement, a PVC pipe, and sand.  Community members provided the manual labor, working under skilled instruction.

 

Above:  One of the 5 metal water containers with PVC pipe which were purchased and delivered to the community of Las Chácaras.  Each container has a capacity of 1100 liters.

 

Above:  A beneficiary of an improved oven.  Altogether, 6 improved ovens were built and provided to women who are engaged in bakery work (rosquilla cookies, bread, cakes, etc.) – in 4 villages as well as 2 in the central town of Limay.  As they earn, these bakers will make small loan payments over time to a revolving fund, so that more ovens may be built and provided on the same terms.

 

Loving the Children

The people of Limay love their children and understand their value for the future of their community and nation.  Preschool kids now have a beautiful building in the Center for Child Development (CDI, formerly known as CENIC or SIR).  Casa Baltimore/Limay, thanks to generous donors, contributes toward staff salaries so that teachers earn a livable wage.

 

Above:  Children in one classroom of the CDI

 

Upcoming Delegation Trips to Nicaragua

 January 2020:  A group of Marylanders, led by Jill Clark-Gollub, is traveling to Nicaragua and will spend 1 ½ days in Limay.  Regrettably, no Baltimore CB/L participant is able to travel with the delegation, but we are pleased that our Limay counterparts will host the group.  Norlan Vanegas, the Limay board president, is busily preparing for the visit, which reportedly includes several members of Friends of Latin America (FoLA).

Of course, the delegation will take their meals with Doña Nidia Soza!  The plan is for them to visit several communities, to see some activities described in this newsletter.  We look forward to hearing about their experiences.

Summer 2020:  Have you ever considered going to Nicaragua – or traveling again to Nicaragua?  The summer of 2020 may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.  Casa Baltimore/Limay is beginning to organize a delegation for July or August – you can help set the dates for this roughly 12-day trip, which will visit Limay and other Nicaraguan towns – maybe including a volcano or the beach!  Don’t let cost hold you back – we can do some fundraisers together.

Delegations are tailored to the interests of participants, whether they be education, healthcare, the environment, agriculture, or something else.  For more information, email Barbara Larcom at BaltimoreLimay@gmail.com, or leave a message at 410-444-1023.

 

Bolivia, Nicaragua and Beyond:

More Sides of the Story

What is taking place today, in Bolivia and elsewhere, reminds us of the painful period in Nicaragua over a year ago.  It is often difficult to find news sources that tell a different side of the story from mainstream media, or that delve deeper into the background of current events.

To help provide understanding and context for such events, Casa Baltimore/Limay and Popular Resistance co-sponsored an October event in Baltimore about regime change operations, with special attention to the role of the US.  The discussion was intended to stimulate our thinking:  How can we critically examine evidence from many media sources and detect similar patterns of unrest occurring across countries?  Camilo Mejia and Margaret Flowers were featured speakers, with lively audience participation.

Please note, too, that more information about Nicaragua’s conflict in 2018 is available by free download online.  Alliance for Global Justice has produced Live from Nicaragua:  Uprising or Coup? an e-book available in several different formats.  It contains chapters written by over 20 authors (including Barbara Larcom) with years of experience living or working in the country.  (Scroll down this page to select the e-book format of your choice.)

The Alliance for Global Justice website also has information about what is happening now in Bolivia and elsewhere in Latin America.

 

FIESTA FUN(D) RAISER, SATURDAY, SEPT. 28, 2019

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

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

Enjoy the tranquility of the countryside at Dipping Pond Run, beside a gorgeous valley. Recharge your energy!
Join in music- and merry-making!

Also: 7:00-7:20 PM, Barbara Larcom will describe her April visit to Limay.

Live music provided by YOU & others
(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 ♥ Hiking Shoes

RSVP and carpool info: 410-444-1023 or
BaltimoreLimay@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.

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.