In October our project suffured a major loss. Our beloved director Dulce Maria, Co - founder of the Maria Nazareth girls shelter 22 years a go died of COVID.
We are very sad. The girls were very emotional about the big loss, many of them knew Dulce for a long time.
We traveled to Nicaragua to see how we could help in finding new ways of organising the girls project to ensure further existence.
We were lucky, Gema, Dulce Maria's younger sister will continue her work. She is very capable and enthusiastic and will continue together with co-founder Violitta with lots of energy and some new ideas.
The new school year is starting in January and we support the poorest families with books, paper, pencils, backpacks and school uniforms.
Before we left we organised an exiting day excursion : we drove to Dipilto, a village in a nearby coffee growing area with pleasant cool climate and beautiful nature, we had a walk, lots of laughter and a picnic, enjoying a happy day with the children!
While in Europe the number of Covid infections is going down we have to life in Nicaragua with a further increasing number of infected and seriously ill patients.
We decided to continue working in the girls shelter but to increase our efforts to achive high hygiene standards. Therefore we moved temporarily to Casa Nazareth I.10 minutes longer walk for the girls but a very nice and big patio, lots of space for the girls. A beautiful garden with a roofed terrace.
We insist on using mask (not during the meals- foto), continue with regular meals and started a project in which the children use household material to create uaefull, beautiful and funny artefacts.
And the girls love to ply in the garden and to harvest their own fruits.
In May, 15 girls went together with theit teacher and Dulce Maria Calderon on a trip to nearby Dipilto. The joy is great because even if Dipilto is only 30 minutes away, it is a particularly beautiful place that many children do not know yet and it is a pleasure to do something nice together. Traveling together in a minibus. Dipilto is an excellent coffee-growing area, it is a little higher, the climate is pleasantly cool, the nature is wonderful. After a short walk to the statue of the Virgin of Dipilto, it goes to the river, large round rocks lie in the river bed , you can climb on them, swim and bath in the river. A little adventure! The highlight was a picnic together on the river. Such a little excursion is a great experience for the girls, it is fun, gives happyness and strengthens the community.
We try to organise small special events as often as possible. The girls love it!
The Girls’ Day Shelter Maria de Nazareth provides a haven where girls from Barrio Sandino can have a meal, take a shower, work on their studies with a tutor, and engage in creative activities such as art and dance. In an environment limited by extreme poverty, the chance to focus on creating a painting provides a welcome release. A local artist volunteers his time to give art classes at the Day Shelter. Art classes and other activities are held in the Common Area of the Day Shelter. It is sheltered from the weather, but open, airy, and full of light. Today’s lesson was on creating reflections.
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