cough up for los quinchos

As well as campaigning and raising awareness on Nicaraguan political, economic and social issues, we also raise a small amount of money to support projects. For the past three and a half years we have raised nearly £20,000 to support the Los Quinchos project, which works with children who live and work in the La Chureca dump in Managua (see here for a previous post).

Our donations support seven workers, together with contributions from the US NGO ProNica, which pays for one meal a day for the children. It’s an uncertain time for the Centre. The ‘capping’ of the dump, paid for by Spanish aid, is almost complete, and in the last month building of new homes has started, to replace the flimsy structures most people in La Chureca live in.

Whatever the future for the dump, the workers and the people who live there, the future of Los Quinchos’ project in La Chureca will not be decided until the end of the year at the earliest. In the meantime the Campaign is still trying to raise over £400 a month for the Centre, not easy in the economic recession.

Our latest fund-raiser will take place next Saturday, July 2, our annual sponsored walk. You can find more details here.

We will also be branching out with a new fund-raiser. We have organised an evening with Nicaraguan food – gallo pinto and tres leches cake – on July 12 in Penygroes. See below for more details.

If you can’t make either of them, you can still donate on line. Click here to go to our fund-raising page.


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