June 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Rio del Cambio

The month of May in Citalapa brought rain and great celebration one day, then nothing for 2 weeks. More recently the rains has been steady but too late for a spring planting. The farmers are hoping the rains will continue through June and July so they can finally plant a significant crop in early August for a November harvest. This would be their first yield in 2 years.


The Moringa field has survived the drought well. The villagers are using the Moringa on a daily basis as a tea and eating the leaves raw. There seems to be a general improvement in the health of the children but the adults are struggling with a high rate of viral infections. This has been a common trend through out Nicaragua over the past year.

Project Manager Elias delivered food to the villagers last week and they were very appreciative. The food basket consisted of rice, beans cooking oil and a few tomatoes. Corn was too expensive due to the 2 year drought.


The Education Program continues to function smoothly although attendance is down a little as several families have moved away to find work or the children are needed at home to care for younger siblings while mother does the daily chores. Water is currently being drawn from the villages one 100 foot deep well. The river is too low to pump water.


The students in the English program however are flourishing! 12-14 students are in school every Saturday morning for 3 hours and are beginning to have small conversations in English with each other. Knowing English is the best way to find a job in Nicaragua. English speaking translators, sales people, hotel staff and drivers are in short supply.

To help fund the work of Rio del Cambio, we invite you to attend:

The 6th Annual Rio del Cambio Fundraising Festival
on Saturday July 16
from 5-10pm
at the home of Kari and Doug Williams,
3714 20th Sideroad, Innisfil Ontario

To order tickets, please email me at

OR send a cheque to 3714 20th Sideroad, Innisfil, Ontario L9S 2Y1
c/o Kari Williams
OR purchase your tickets at Redline Brewhouse Beer ’n Gear Shop
at 431 Bayview Dr. Unit 8&9 Barrie, Ontario.

This will be an great evening of education and entertainment.

Tickets are just $50/person
including a classic summer BBQ
provided by Chef Chris from Redline Brewhouse.

“Randolph and the Rivieras” will open the evening with familiar tunes then “My Son the Hurricanes” will keep you smiling and dancing until the sun goes down.

Doors open at 5pm.
We invite you to BYOB and lawn chairs.
Water and pop provided.

“My Son the Hurricane” will be the events headlining entertainment. This band is “a 14-piece brasshop beast with the mantra: anything worth doing is worth overdoing. Hailing from Niagara/Toronto, the band mixes New Orleans style grooves with funk, jazz and hiphop”. As music master Randy and I reflected on last year’s event, we easily decided it felt like perfection that deserved to be repeated. Cross your fingers for great weather!


Kari Williams
Rio del Cambio

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