October 20, 2018

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.  

 

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014: Nicaragua Event at MICA

Casa Baltimore-Limay and Art of Solidarity, MICA’s Nicaragua Summer Intensive, present

Nicaragua Today: Our Inspiration and Challenge

Monday, November 17, 7:00 PM

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Main Building, Room 210

1300 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore 21217

Presenters:

Maria Gabriela Aldana Enriquez, MICA faculty and director of Art of Solidarity, a cultural-exchange and community arts program for filmmakers and artists in Nicaragua

Paul Baker Hernandez, a New Song vocalist and guitarist on US tour from Managua, Nicaragua; formerly with Nicaragua Network, now director of Echoes of Silence, promoting world interdependence

Dalila Cedeño Quintero, organizer/ promoter of potable water and agriculture programs in Limay, Nicaragua

Moderators/ discussants:

Leslie Salgado, coordinator of Howard County Friends of Latin America (HoCoFoLA)

Mike McGuire, Baltimore activist in local and Latin American issues

This group will discuss wide-ranging topics about Nicaragua – and questions from you – including the following:
Food security and potable water: What is Nicaragua doing, through its Sandinista government and other organizations, to promote food security and potable water for its people? How does this compare to what is happening in the US (including our current struggle over water privatization)?

Climate change: How has Nicaragua experienced climate change and global warming in recent years? How do US policies, and government and corporate behavior, affect climate in Nicaragua – and vice versa?

Immigration: What factors affect Nicaraguan people’s decisions to remain at home or to emigrate to the US and other parts of the world? Why is it that so few unaccompanied minors are coming to the US from Nicaragua, compared to several other countries in Central America?

Status of women: What is the relative status of women, compared to men, in Nicaragua? The World Economic Forum just released results showing that Nicaragua is 6th in the world, behind only the Scandinavian countries, in this relative status. Is this finding “real”, or does it ignore some factors which should be considered?

More about our Nicaraguan visitors:

Dalila Cedeño Quintero is a young and vibrant organizer/ promoter of potable water and agriculture programs, including the Bono Productivo program of the Sandinista government of Nicaragua. She is also an active participant in the programs of the Casa Baltimore/Limay friendship-city project; and she is a recognized leader in her community of El Morcillo, an agriculturally fertile village in the San Juan de Limay valley of northwest Nicaragua. She will present a brief slideshow about her work as well as life in rural Nicaragua today.

Paul Baker Hernández is an experienced and entertaining musician and public speaker. He’ll sing several selections from his own musical compositions, as well as offering his observations about Nicaragua. In the past, he worked as the in-country representative of Nicaragua Network, a US-based project of Alliance for Global Justice. He now promotes world interdependence through the organization he directs, Echoes of Silence. His autobiography, Song in High Summer, is available on Amazon. He lives in the shantytown barrio of La Primavera in Nicaragua’s capital, Managua. His background and urban perspective will provide a contrast to Dalila’s rural viewpoint.

Produced by:

Casa Baltimore/Limay, a friendship-city project linking Baltimore, MD, with San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua, for the past 29 years. 410-662-6292 or email info@CasaBaltimoreLimay.org

Art of Solidarity, a cultural exchange and community arts program through the Maryland Institute College of Arts, for filmmakers and artists collaborating with Nicaraguan youth, collectives, and muralists every summer. www.artofsolidartiy.org or email maldana@mica.edu

We also thank the Ric Pfeffer Lecture Committee of Research Associates Foundation for funding toward this event.

Late Summer 2014 Newsletter

During this “slow” time, will you please make a special gift to Casa Baltimore/Limay? Your donation will be matched, one-for-one, by another generous supporter. In this newsletter, you will discover the reasons why your gift makes a valuable difference:  ** Our Activities ** Feature Article on New Progress in Limay ** Greetings & Reports from Limay Committee.

From the menu at the top of this web page, click on “Donate to CB/L” to donate to our projects.

As you know, Casa Baltimore/Limay does a lot with a budget of under $35,000 a year, with the help of numerous volunteers in Baltimore, Limay, and elsewhere. In our friendship city of Limay, we fund post-secondary scholarships, medicines and medical transport, pre-school education and nutrition, food for the elderly and handicapped, poultry and other livestock, and the Phil Mitchell revolving loan fund.

In this newsletter, you will see a feature article, with photos, by Kathy Albrecht, who visited San Juan de Limay in February. She reports on the positive difference our projects are making for people in Limay, and we are grateful to her for the lush detail she has brought us. Inside you will also find greetings and recent reports from our Limay committee. We are blessed to work with such fine compañer@s.

While many people are enjoying their summer vacations, our Baltimore and Limay committees are hard at work and play, raising money and carrying out the vital projects in Baltimore’s friendship city in Nicaragua. Maybe you have seen us in our LatinoFest booth, or you’ve recently helped us move into the new office which we share with Nicaraguan Cultural Alliance.

Our work and play continue as we prepare for our annual fundraising party on Saturday, September 6, 5:00– 10:30 p.m., in the relaxing, life-renewing countryside near Baltimore. Please join us – bring a potluck dish, a musical instrument if you play one, your best singing voice – and your checkbook! No gift is too large, and no one is turned away. It’s always fun.

We’re also planning for a small delegation from Limay, whom we hope to host in Baltimore in November. We expect to hear more from our Limay committee very shortly, and we will keep you posted.

We expect to take a delegation to Limay in January 2015. Maybe this is the time for you to go with us! If you are interested in this delegation, or possibly one in the future, please contact us at info@CasaBaltimoreLimay.org or 410-662-6292.

In the meantime, we still have Nica items for sale – beautiful beautiful paintings, pottery, carved soapstone, clothing. Near-future buying opportunities are by appointment; call 410-662-6292.

Thank you for your generous support – past, present, and future.

 

FIRSTHAND REPORT: NEW PROGRESS IN LIMAY

By Kathryn Albrecht

[Don’t miss the photos that accompany this article!  From menu at top of web page, click on “Summer 2014 newsletter photos”.]

This February, I had the privilege of returning to San Juan de Limay, municipal seat of numerous small villages dotting a mountainous cordillera in northern Nicaragua. For the second time in three years, I was fortunate to help document some of the projects of Casa Baltimore/Limay, and to gather feedback from our compañeros there who benefit from those programs. This is my report back to the North American half of this long-standing solidarity organization.

The coordinating committee of the southern half, Doña Angélica, Doña Olidia, Don Leonidas and Don Tranquilino, welcomed me back to the spacious old Nicaraguan casa tradicional housing our sister-organization in Limay. All of you who’ve visited there will agree: it’s a cool, restful, nurturing place, with its pila (agua y baño) and huge mango tree in the courtyard. I’ve been so grateful staying there!

I told the comité I’d been asked to visit some rural villages and photograph the CB/L-financed poultry production, and to interview ancianos and the handicapped who receive modest monthly food packets (supplementing the canasta básica the government provides them).

We also discussed the comité’s medical assistance fund (generated from donors like you!).  These veteran committee members are wisely frugal with this account, but I conveyed my understanding that norteños in Baltimore are hoping to see the medical assistance line-item increase somewhat in the comite’s annual budget. There were years when the number of Nicaraguans being helped increased about 8% annually.  I mentioned that now, Americans might be able to dig a bit deeper once again. [Editor note: Thanks to Kathy’s effort, we recently agreed to double this budget item.]

Bright Ideas Abound: The next morning, Don Tranquilino accompanied me (in an ancient, dusty, jerry-rigged school bus) to revisit the village of El Palmar, with an agricultural cooperative formed after the triumph of the Revolution. During “los diez y seis años” (a devastating 16 years of neo-liberal administrations which followed the devastating Contra War), the cooperative felt forced to sell its rich, arable fields, piece by piece, in order to keep their children in clothing, food, medicine, and school.

So the folks of El Palmar now live on a steep, dry and rocky slope above those fertile fields. And Casa Baltimore/Limay has played a key role in their survival as a sustainable community. Many of the families have gotten chickens for egg production, plus the funding to protect their flocks in well-fenced gallineros (henhouses). Modern latrines have also been constructed at many homesteads.

CB/L helped build the first cisterns to store fresh rain water on the mountainside and encouraged intensive, raised-bed gardening, often under the dappled shade of hand-watered banana trees. This year I sensed I was observing El Palmar’s regeneration — an increase in construction as folks add on to tiny homes or build more ample ones within a family compound. There even seems the energy to add a few colorful touches of artistic design. And the Sandinista government has installed a community well, plus! has just brought electricity to El Palmar!

Because of CB/L’s poultry program, after several years of raising and selling their own meat and eggs, los Palmeros are creating a revolving loan fund from their profits, and can now offer others a hand up and out of destitution. Hey, this loan fund just might benefit a widow who we found needs a cooler and sturdier roof over her rickety outdoor kitchen!

Of Water and Wealth: The following morning, my able and dedicated guide, Don Tranquilino — a gentleman who lost three non-combatant sons to Contra attacks in the ‘80s — led us on a brisk walk to an outlying village, El Morcillo. Following the rim of a deep, wide arroyo gouged into the landscape by super-storm Mitch in 1998, we rounded a bend and came upon the most handsome herd of cows I’ve seen in this land of beautiful cattle. Well fed, they rested in the shade of broad tropical trees.

Soon, we passed El Morcillo’s communal milking station, replete with 3-legged stools and a chubby toddler or two awaiting his mother’s patient emptying of the cows’ full udders. The creek, by this point, seemed restored to melodious health in a lushly wooded valley, with families farming gentle terraces up and down its length.  Variety fruit orchards, herb gardens, and numerous vegetable plantings were thriving, despite its being the dry season.

Chief factors in the success of El Morcillo are the vital watercourse and villagers’ use of a vertical-lift, double-pulley system to raise well water up 25 feet into elevated, gravity-fed pipes for irrigation.

El Morcillo has also enjoyed Casa Baltimore’s support, evidenced by their gallineros full of chickens, plus tidy latrines for every home. Families receive grants from the comité for their children’s school supplies each year because, although the village is relatively land-rich, it’s clear that hardworking campesinos in this part of the world are cash-poor.

Back to the Barrio: My last day in Limay was spent with Angélica, who’s been a leader with Casa Báltimor since its beginning — a most gracious compañera. We focused on Barrio Guadalupe Carney, visiting recipients of CB/L aid for the elderly and handicapped. These meetings were warm with appreciation for the monthly food and medical assistance available, plus with the knowledge that grandchildren can attend the CB/L-supported CENIC pre-school and are fed a good lunch, to boot.

Then, a dramatic and surprising interview occurred. Angélica took me to Julia’s house! We knocked at her door, quite patiently, for a very long time. At long last, it was opened by a lovely young woman with a broad smile. We entered and sat down inside. Julia moved haltingly. My friend asked Julia if she’d like to tell her story to this visitor from “Casa Báltimor.” Julia’s eyes welled up with tears.

“When I was just 14, I was walking with my brother to the store. He was in the army and home for the weekend. I was so happy just to be walking with him. We went along the edge of a field and, dios mío, I stepped on a landmine! I woke up in the hospital in Managua. I had lost one foot and lower leg, but they were trying to save the other one. It was badly burned. I was there for months, and they saved it. There is always so much pain. Why did this have to happen? I was only 14! Can you imagine? My life has been so difficult ever since!!”

Her grieving subsided. This survivor of ordnance from one of the dirty little US wars eventually married and raised two children. Julia shared that a Canadian group recently fitted her with a much-improved prosthesis.  Now she hopes to start making piñatas at home to sell, providing merriment to children and their families celebrating life’s milestones, all over town.

Casa Baltimore/Limay stood with Julia, and the many others you’ve read about here, through years and years of struggle and recovery. And many of us feel blessed to have been part of this long, resilient friendship. Won’t you spread the word that the people of San Juan de Limay need our generosity still?

At the End of the Day: As Angélica and I made our way back to the plaza, we passed yet another Casa Baltimore/Limay beneficiary. Waiting at a bus stop was a young fellow with his duffel bag, heading back to college for the new semester. Angélica hugged him and introduced us, explaining that Lorenzo attends university thanks to a beca (scholarship) from Casa Baltimore/Limay!

Soon, with shouts, whistles, chatter and cheers, an old gold school bus rattled up, took on the student, and pulled away in a roil of dust, bearing yet another of San Juan de Limay’s offspring up and over the mountains to reach for higher education. Our grinning Lorenzo declared his intention to return and recharge the cycle once again.

 

GREETINGS AND REPORTS FROM OUR LIMAY COMMITTEE

April 8, 2014:

Greetings, brothers and sisters of the committee.  From this tropical location we send you a fraternal hug….

With respect to the activities which the committee is carrying out, it can be said that the Phil Mitchell Fund gave out 19 loans requested for housing repair and business.  In the current quarter, 5 persons have come to make payments and cancel their old accounts.

Medical Fund:  Thirty (30) persons were supported.  Of these, 11 received help for transport to medical appointments at different hospitals.  Help [was given] with [various named] medicines, and help to carry out a pelvic ultrasound.  We consider that there is considerable demand for transport to get to medical appointments.

Meetings with community boards:  We held a meeting on February 11, 2014, with representatives of the boards in the rural zone, which all attended.  They presented about the progress of the projects, with a lot of optimism and appreciation.  In these meetings there is an exchange of experiences.  The next meeting is scheduled for April 8, 2014.

With respect to the cow project:  In El Palmar there are two cows who have given birth, for 2 beneficiaries.  San Lorenzo has 9 cows and 6 beneficiaries.  El Morcillo has one person benefiting from one cow giving birth.  Quebrada de Agua has 4 cows and 3 offspring.  In Las Cañas, …two (2) more families have been benefited, for a total of 4.  Here there are 2 cows who have given birth and 2 [cubiertas] heifers.  In La Naranja, there are 4 beneficiaries of cows.

The bees are always maintained, and likewise the poultry, etc.

Food [for the elderly]:  We maintain the same number of beneficiaries [200].  Always, when one person is [subtracted], we substitute another and so we maintain the number.

Scholarships:  …We budgeted for 34 students; but one did not show up, and we have remained at 33.

July 9, 2014:

Fraternal greetings, brothers and sisters of the Baltimore committee. It gives us much pleasure to turn to you now that we have finished another quarter of the year and we should let you know the results of the activities carried out.

With regard to scholarships: Currently there are 39 young people who are receiving financial help to continue their studies. This semester two students will graduate, one in agriculture and one in clinical psychology. We will substitute two others for them, to whom we could not respond [earlier] and who are studying.

Food [for elderly and disabled]: The monthly distribution of food is continuing. For the moment we have substituted coffee for beans because they [beans] are very expensive and scarce. There are no fresh beans.  [Editor note: After a more recent phone discussion, the Limay committee has decided to substitute the less popular, and less expensive, black beans for the red beans to which Nicaraguans are accustomed.]

Bimonthly meeting with [community] boards: We held meetings on April 8 and June 10. They represent their communities where they have sister-city projects. They present their progress and difficulties. From the first cows they received, they have now given [offspring] to other families; they do it consulting among themselves, these same board representatives, and they make it known to the Limay (“urban”) committee. They are focused on the bill of sale and are proceeding to the transfer. We have noted the names of the new beneficiaries.

There are beneficiaries of cows in:

  • – San Lorenzo with 6
  • – El Morcillo with 2
  • – La Naranja with 4
  • – El Palmar with 2
  • – Quebrada de Agua with 4

Some families are maintaining the projects of poultry. They have gone from the communities: El Palmar and Quebrada de Agua benefited other families of nearby communities (Chapetones and Palmira) respectively.

Those with beehives received training in order to improve their attention, care and thus production. This was in May in the community of El Guaylo; they were advised to make a savings in order to respond to later needs related to the beehives.

Revolving loan fund: Eleven loans were made for small businesses and home repair. The work is going well with users, who have kept their credit up-to-date….

Medical fund: Thirty-one persons were attended to. They were supported with travel to keep medical appointments in the department [of Esteli], Managua, and La Trinidad. Others received help to have exams carried out. They were helped with purchase of [various named] medicines.

Having nothing more to mention, we repeat our greetings.

Sincerely,

Tranquilino Garmendia, Coordinator, Limay Committee

 

CBL Event April 8th – Red Emma’s

Another World Is Possible and Necessary:
Working for Justice, Responding to Poverty in Nicaragua

Tuesday April 8 @ Red Emma’s (30 W. North Avenue, Baltimore 21201)
6:30 PM Informal Spanish language practice group and Nicaraguan Arts & Crafts sale, 7:30 PM Speaker: Sarah Junkin Woodard

Sarah Junkin Woodard comes to us from the Center for Development in Central America (CDCA), the Nicaraguan project of the non-profit, faith-based organization, the Jubilee House Community (JHC). Working in Nicaragua for the past two decades, the CDCA continues to adapt, seeking to respond to human needs created by poverty in the second poorest nation in the western hemisphere.

The CDCA focuses on justice now, working towards freedom from poverty, helping communities become self-sufficient, sustainable, democratic entities, specifically in the areas of: sustainable economic development, organic agriculture, appropriate technology, education and health care. Sarah says, “The CDCA has been called to work with, and speak on behalf of, the poor in our area of Nicaragua, and to share their lives and stories with folk in the U.S., to bridge the gap between us and our neighbors.”

This evening of speakers, art and Spanish language practice is organized in partnership with Casa Baltimore/ Limay, which has worked in Nicaragua for over 28 years.

Come to Red Emma’s on Tuesday April 8th to learn how to work together for alternatives to corporate globalization, such as sustainable development and fair trade and how to promote greater understanding of Nicaragua by providing accurate, first-hand information about its current events and economic and political conditions, to the people in Baltimore and beyond.

There will be an informal Spanish language practice “charla” or “chat” in the Free School classroom at Red Emma’s from 6:30 – 7:30 for Spanish language practitioners of ALL LEVELS to practice their Spanish.

There will also be a variety of Nicaraguan arts and crafts for sale including paintings by Nicaraguan artists, unique pottery, household items, fair-trade Nicaraguan coffee, beautiful note cards, and other examples of Nica artisanry. Tax-deductible donations & proceeds from craft sales go to projects sponsored by Casa Baltimore/ Limay and the Center for Development Central American – Jubilee House Community

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!!