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)

Dec 10, 2018

new core members!

boat from San Carlos to Saballos
boat from San Carlos to Saballos


In our plans we have made provision to accommodate six adults with an intellectual disability in our community home. Regularly  we have sought contact with families who according to neighbours have family members with an intellectual disability who are not well looked after at home.

However, if the family does not admit to not being able to care for their family member, there is nothing that we can do. Since some time we are in contact with doña Anita and her brother Napoleon, who asked for our help.  Don Napoleon, father of two children with a handicap (the mother has died)  lived in a village far away in the mountains. So I had to made a visit  to investigate their situacion. In short an up date of the trip and the results.

Manuel and Maria Helena

Everything is going our way. When aunt Anita and I get off the boat from San Carlos in Saballos it is only 2 pm. And the bus is waiting to take us on the next leg of our journey, a one hour journey to a hamlet, Monico, somewhere in the middle of nowhere.

When we get off the bus don Napoleon and his young son are already waiting for us with his horses to accompany us on the last part of the journey. We are on horseback, with the men walking beside the horses. They know every pothole and mud patch of the track up and down through the hills. Part of the track is fairly passable, other parts are so muddy that the horses sink into the mud up to the chest. Fortunately I took my rain gear as there is a shower every now and then. The sun is setting at 6 pm as we arrive at don Napeoleon’s home, tired but satisfied.

Aunt Anita
I made this long journey because about a year ago we met aunt Anita at our home. Anita was trying to find sheltered living for her nephew and niece who lived in the deep interior of Rio San Juan. The Ruach policy is that, space in our home permitting, we are open to any person with an intellectual disability who comes our way. We always visit a potential new resident in their home context, to get to know the family and to assess the urgency of a possible move. But this was for us the first time we had got a request from so far away. So when I met with aunt Anita a year ago she agreed to sending us a letter from a local doctor or church pastor to support her request and justify my embarking on such a long journey.

Then aunt Anita went off our radar till about two months ago when we had a sequence of phone calls, with the result that about a month ago Anita came to visit us with her brother Napoleon, the father of Helena and Manuel. They brought with them the letters of recommendation from doctor and pastor and in a meeting with the president of the Ruach Board we agreed that I would visit the family. It was going to be a three day journey: a day and a half to get there, and the remainder of the time to be there and make the return journey. Aunt Anita was going to be my travelling companion.

In this part of Nicaragua you imagine yourself to be in a different world: many hills, lots of vegetation, few signs of human habitation, but then there is the occasional hamlet. Their home was very simple, made of wood, in a beautiful setting. The views are spectacular. The home itself is not well-equipped. The living room has one couch and one table and one ceiling lamp. There is no television, only a small radio. There are two bedrooms with one bed. The kitchen is the best equipped room in the house: pans, mugs, plates, cutlery and a wood fire. That’s about it. No toilet. No bathroom. No guest room. So aunt Anita and I spent the night in the double bed vacated by don Napoleon and his current wife. One has got to be flexible on trips like this, and fortunately I have had sterner tests in the past! We were very warmly welcomed and it was a real pleasure to be their guest for a short time.

Helena and Manuel
The outcome of this visit is that Manuel and Helena, both around their 30s, came this week as the new core members of our Ruach community. It is going to be a real challenge for them and for us to get used to each other in the shortest possible time. But we are up for the challenge.

father with son Manuel and daughter Maria Helena
father with son Manuel and daughter Maria Helena
where they lived
where they lived
their welcome at the community house
their welcome at the community house
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