Five months ago citizens of Paz y Vida gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the grand opening of Biblioteca Paz y Vida. Representatives from the Frankfurt Granada Association, the German Embassy and Luisa Amanda Espinoza Association of Nicaraguan Women (AMNLAE) spoke in celebration of this tiny village library, and the future it would hold. After all, it was their ingenuity and resources that constructed the building. It was your begheartedness and From Books to Brilliance’s energy that supplied it with books.
Unfortunately, in July we traveled to Guatemala only. Due to four months of political unrest our plans to visit Nicaragua are on hold. We will return to grow Paz y Vida’s Library with your generous donations as soon as travel warnings are lifted and our small team of volunteers can travel safely. Nonetheless, this rural library continues to operate daily. For them the chaos of the big cities is distant.
Please note that lives of citizens young and old continue to improve dramatically. Just a few years ago all were homeless. Today in houses with running, potable water, standard flooring and electricity, they live “dignified” lives. Children no longer gather wood and fetch water every morning. They attend school and go to Peace and Life Library to do homework, read and play games with friends. Their future surely looks different from their past.
And so our plans in Paz y Vida are delayed. From Books to Brilliance’s Board of Directors has decided to remove this project from GlobalGiving…for now. We thank you for your understanding, and pray that Nicaragua will return quickly to the peaceful country we love so much.
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