CEPAD’s Crisis Response Training

Our new communications volunteer, Nicole, shares her experience of attending crisis response trainings with CEPAD staff.  I was able to attend the crisis response trainings that took place in the regions of Teusteppe and Nueva Guinnea a few weeks ago. It was my first time traveling to other CEPAD offices, visiting rural communities, and speaking […]

Meet Our Volunteers: Nicole Opgenorth

One of our newest volunteers, Nicole Opgenorth, arrived in Managua a few weeks ago and will be spending 2019 in Nicaragua working with CEPAD. She is from Michigan and recently graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, with degrees in public relations and Spanish. Nicole will be supporting CEPAD’s delegations and communications departments. She […]

Meet Our Volunteers: Olivia Iekel

Olivia Iekel has already spent two years in Nicaragua working with CEPAD through the RCA (Reformed Church in America). After graduating from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, she spent two years as a medical interpreter before moving to Managua. She now serves as CEPAD’s volunteer coordinator while supporting some church and delegation partnerships. Her […]

Meet our Volunteers: Millie Rose

Millie Rose has been working with CEPAD for the past four months during her gap year before she returns to England to attend Portsmoth University to study international development. She has worked with the volunteer office visiting many of CEPAD’s partner communities and attending trainings. Millie first visited Nicaragua in 2015 for two weeks to […]

Mirna’s Story

This Christmas I want to invite you into a special place, the home of Mirna Espinoza. I want you to come and sit at her table and listen to her story. As you step into Mirna’s house you will see dirt floors, a curtain covering a doorway where the whole family sleeps and a makeshift […]

Impact of Nicaragua’s Crisis on CEPAD’s Campaign

As you may have read in the news or on CEPAD’s website, (you can see CEPAD’s posts here for background), Nicaragua has been in crisis since April, 2018. This has been a challenge to every organization in the country but thanks to the generosity of our donors we have been able to continue work and keep all staff employed.

Despite the unrest we are still moving forward with our design for the new center in Managua. CEPAD has been working for the poor in Nicaragua since 1972 and we know we can survive this unrest as we have in the past.

Our architects are working on finalizing the design and are scheduled to be finished in January, 2019.

If you have questions about the project or would like to know more please be in touch with Emily Hewes, Director of Development for CEPAD USA at (207) 664-9202 or via email at emily@cepadusa.org.

Thank You!

We wanted to take a moment to thank every single individual and community of faith that has donated to CEPAD during this difficult time.

All of our staff are still working, despite the civil unrest in the country, this is all thanks to you.

Many organizations and businesses have not been able to survive and many thousands of people have lost their jobs.

Thanks to you all of our staff are still employed and are helping to ensure that the beneficiaries of the programs are still receiving important training that is helping them to confront the challenges they are facing. We wanted to highlight the faith communities that have donated during this crisis.

Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery

Delmar Reformed Church

Davidson College Presbyterian

First Presbyterian of Ann Arbor

Presbytery of Lake Michigan

Brentwood Presbyterian

Benson Presbyterian Church Foundation

First Congregational UCC

First Christian Church, KY

Kentucky Partners

First Presbyterian St. Louis

Again, thank you to EVERYONE who has made our continued work possible.


The Crisis in Nicaragua

By Gilberto Aguirre, former ED of CEPAD

Since the 18th of April, 2018 Nicaragua has faced a very painful, cruel and tense situation which is difficult to resolve. The trigger of this situation was a reform made by the Social Security Institution, INSS, which announced on the 16th of April and was officially instituted on the 18th of April. These reforms proposed to increase the amount workers would pay into social security and reduce by 5% what retirees were receiving. This was a unilateral decision made by the government without taking into account the other sectors that had asked that this decision be discussed before approving any reforms. Recommendations by the IMF were also not taken into account. The Superior Private Business Council was against the resolution.

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Isidria’s Family is Thriving, Thanks to You

Isidria is a mother of four children who lives about an hour outside of Managua. Thanks to your support she is now better supporting her family through craft training and a family garden she has planted. Despite higher food prices because of the crisis she has hope and is able to feed her family with the sale of crafts and the produce from their garden.

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