October 2015 Update
Dear Friends of Rio del Cambio
Immediately after posting the September newsletter, Elias emailed requesting help to purchase seed for the farmers. This was a very challenging request since the planting season had passed and the possibility of rain was unpredictable. The past 4 months should have been the “rainy season”; instead Nicaragua experienced a crippling drought. The farmers of Citalapa were very discouraged as they had not produced a profitable crop in over a year due to floods last year and drought this past year. After talking with several people I trust, I decided NOT to authorize money to buy seed. It was too much of a risk. If the rains did not continue, the $3000 for seed would be lost. This amount of money would feed the villager for 3 months with food baskets. Ultimately, the rains did not continue so no money was lost. Thankfully, this was the right decision and we now have money to feed the village for the next 2 months. Beyond that, it is as yet unknown due to budget constraints.
The Education Program continues to be Rio del Cambio’s first priority and it is functioning well. Attendance remains high and the children remain eager to learn. Sponsorship photos were sent out over the past 2 weeks. If you have any questions about your sponsorship, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have not sponsored a child, but would like to, send me an email with your age or gender preferences and I will do my best to match you with a student. There are still about 20 students in need of Sponsors. You can sponsor a child for just $75/year. Another option is to donate toward the General Operating budget which assists with the Farmer co-operative, maintaining the new school building, water filters, etc. There are several payment methods – via the website http://riodelcambio.org/make-a-difference, email transfer to email@example.com or a cheque made out to Rio del Cambio, 3714 20th Sideroad, Innisfil, Ontario L9S 2Y1
I will be traveling to Nicaragua with Esther Soto this Thursday Oct. 29 – Nov 5th. Esther has graciously agreed to join me to act as my translator. The purpose of this trip is to assess each of the current programs and determine the monetary requirements and realities for 2016. We will be meeting with the entire community, the Education Program teachers, the farmers, the Sewing Ladies, the high school students and the Solar Oven Ladies. We will also, as always, spend as much time as possible with the children. We would like and invited you to follow the daily activities of our trip on https://www.facebook.com/RiodelCambio
Rio del Cambio is committed
to assisting the impoverished village of Citalapa, Nicaragua
and the surrounding area to achieve
a greater level of human dignity, health and well-being
through a variety of funded programs and projects.
After 5 years, it is time for Rio del Cambio to determine our goals and objectives for the next 5 years. This cannot happen without input, commitment and leadership from within the Citalapa community. Together, the people of Citalapa and I create a wonderful team that is guided by love, mutual respect and lots of hard work. Although I tend to be the “face” of Rio del Cambio, it is truly the villagers in Citalapa and generous donors here in Canada that make all of this possible.
Please know that your support for Rio del Cambio is truly making a difference. Together, we have given a forgotten community hope for the future.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Sincerely, Kari Williams
Founder/Director of Rio del Cambio