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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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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Interview with Joan Parajon

Joan Parajon is the widow of CEPAD’s late founder, Gustavo Parajon. We recently caught up with her so we could share with you what she is up to and why she continues to support CEPAD.

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You Changed Lives in 2016

We want to celebrate the successes that were made possible thanks to YOU in 2016! There are many families that are healthier, happier and living better lives thanks to your generosity. Here are a few of the important highlights that were made possible by you.

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From Farming to Tech Jobs: Computer Training with Your Help

Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere. Minimum wage is barely $170 per month—with 48-hour workweeks. Thanks to your help, youth in Matagalpa have hope for their future. Your funding has supported computer training which has allowed youth to access college majors and job prospects they may not have otherwise. Thank you!

 

Forty-nine students graduated on Thursday, October 6, from the Computer Training Program run by CEPAD in Matagalpa. The training program consisted of over 120 hours of hands-on coursework. The courses were taught by professors from local universities, and were made available to everyone with an interest in learning more about computers. The program has graduated over 270 students over the past five years.

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Thank You for Your Support in 2015!

Thank you for your prayers, donations and accompaniment of rural villages in 2015. You have truly made a difference for so many. Our staff have a special message to thank YOU for your support.