May 9, 2019

Together we can make a difference. We show it!

Astrid in Sherborne

Astrid, the coordinator of the Fundacion Ruach,  was in the Netherlands and England from 15th March to 3rd April. To tell about the work in the community home and the activity club. To show pictures and to say 'thank you' to all the people who in some way support the work in Juigalpa.

On 19th March she made a presentation about Ruach’s work at a meeting in Sherborne, organized by Eric and his wife Rosaleen.

Eric has been actively involved with Ruach’s work for many years and has also been able to create interest in Ruach’s work in Sherborne, including the members of the Anglican Parish there.

It was heartwarming to meet with a group of about 30 people and to sense their involvement and to answer their questions. The cherry on the cake was that the donation box, to which no particular attention was drawn, contained £270 for our work in Juigalpa.

Eric and Rosaleen, many thanks for your effort in promoting our work in a widening circle of friends! On behalf of Ruach, Rosaleen presented a drawing made by Renee, (one of the participants of our activities centre who would like to become the best drawer of Nicaragua), to Mr John Crossman, the chairman of the Faith-in-Action Committee of the Anglican Parish. Astrid had requested Renee to make some drawings for Ruach’s friends abroad. In Sherborne as well as in Leiden Renee’s artwork has now found pride of place, as a creative way of expressing our gratitude for the support we received.


Apr 15, 2019

Website van Ruach

community home members
community home members

Have you already visited the new Ruach Foundation website in Spanish and English? Have a look via: We are satisfied with the result. Access is fairly easy through a logical name. We intend to regularly put new content on the site so that it emanates ‘life’ and attracts visitors.

We had been looking for a Juigalpa resident who could help us developing the Spanish website. Juigalpa is rather short of website designers, but ‘via via’ we met Javier. Since then we have had many meetings and we were able to offer him a work contract for a fixed period as we still had some money left from a donation that we received last year from a church in Leiden. The church community had raised this money by collecting old newspapers and selling them to benefit several charities. They made it possible that we can now advertise the work of our foundation more widely! Of course we are very grateful, the more so because it was one of the recommendations of an external evaluation that took place in Nov/Dec last year.

Are you a Spanish speaker and would you like to give us feedback on your first impression and the content of the site? Please mail me. Dutch readers can continue to use the website to stay informed about how Ruach is faring. And English readers can continue to use GlobalGiving to learn about what is going on in the community home and activity club for personas with a intelectual disability, up to 15 years, in Juigalpa, Nicaragua.

Feb 13, 2019


Dear friend

In november last year  Ruach  joined in with GG’s campaign to make Thanksgiving day on 22 November into a ‘special donation day’. On Thanksgiving Day people who have reasons to be grateful for what happens in their lives are encouraged to share their happiness with others, who are less fortunate.

With the help of a lot of people we were able to reach the goal to buy computers for the Activities Centre. Every desk top computer cost about $ 600,- and we received $ 1200,- US!!! That makes it posible to buy two computers! We are very pleased and now we can expand the scope of the centre, and help the participants to learn more and progress in their development.

To all our friends, contacts and people who has support us making a donation on the Global Giving page, thanks a lot for your help! Only together we can make a difference and, once again, we showed it!


Information from our community home, where 6 persons with a disablity and two caretakers lives                  

''Community life is beautiful and intense, a source of life for everyone. People with a disability experience a real transformation and discover confidence in themselves; they discover their capacity to make choices, and also find a certain liberty and above all their dignity as human beings.” —Jean Vanier

How is Miguel doing?

Miguel joined Ruach in May. His mother is 80 years old, and his sisters were not able or willing to help his mother looking after him. So his mother asked whether Miguel could join our community. Miguel is 49 and after a period of gradually getting to know each other, he has become a core member.

Miguel talks a little, can dress himself, can eat without help, and is quite good at showering himself. But in other areas he is very passive due to a lack of stimulation in his past. So we tried sending him to our Activities Centre. He’s taken there by a taxi driver-friend. On the way back I collect him on foot, a 15 minute walk which gives him some good physical exercise too. At the Club he did better than expected, although individual attention from the assistants is important. He really has taken to making ‘piñatas’. He now attends the club three afternoons a week and likes it very much.

He does not see much of his mother, who only occasionally visits him. We  arranged that he spend one weekend a month with his mother. During the month  the communication is poor. Sometimes a weekend visit needs to be cancelled. His sisters who also live in Juigalpa have never visited or phoned him. It is difficult for us to gauge how this affects him, but he is fairly steady in his moods.

We do notice that he feels at home in the community home. He seeks contact and enjoys an embrace. We are now encouraging him to start helping us laying and clearing the table, and we see progress. It’s great to see that attention and stimulation bear fruit!


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