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: www.fundacionruach.org. 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 www.vivirjuntos.org 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!


Dec 20, 2018

For you!

For over two years now we work towards improving the lives of people with an intellectual disability in Juigalpa, Nicaragua: in our Community home and in our Activites Centre. Also because of your contribution, we have taken steps to reach our goal.Only by joining forces we can make this world a better place, for EVERYONE.   ¡Gracias!

Together we can make a difference! We have shown it!

¿Can we count on your involvement and support in 2019?

Many blessings upon you for Christmas and the New Year

In name of all the team of the Ruach Foundation

 (please see card below)

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