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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You Have Given Pedro’s Family a Fighting Chance

Pedro gives you credit for your support of his family. Despite the current crisis his family is harvesting food and have been able to stay in their home. He says without your support for training he would have had to sell his land and they would have had to leave Nicaragua. Thank you for your contributions that are sustaining rural villages in Nicaragua.

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Ways to Support Nicaragua

If you are looking for ways to be in solidarity with Nicaragua during the current civil unrest we have come up with some ways to do so. If you would like more information or have questions please write to emily@cepadusa.org. 

Updates on Unrest in Nicaragua

Below are updates we have been posting since the unrest begin in Nicaragua in mid-April 2018. The most recent information is first, you can scroll down to read earlier updates. Please keep Nicaragua in your prayers and if you are able to make a donation today, please click here, thank you so much.

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Letters to the President of Nicaragua

Nicaragua has been in a state of civil unrest since April 29, 2018 when the government of Daniel Ortega tried to change laws around social security in the country. 

The principal cause for the unrest began when the government of Daniel Ortega tried to push through reforms to the country’s social security system which would have resulted in workers and employees paying more and those who are retired receiving less. The country erupted in peaceful protest. Unfortunately, that protest was met with extreme repression from the government. 

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Dreaming for the Future

We are excited to share some of the architectural renderings for this project. The image above is of the program office that will house all program staff and Radio CEPAD.