help support the los quinchos children’s project on managua’s rubbish dump

Photo: David McKnight

Last week Wales NSC member David McKnight visited the Los Quinchos children’s project on La Chureca, Managua’s rubbish dump. There is clearly good progress being made with the building of the new houses and the capping and sealing of the dump – key aspects of the redevelopment of the site funded by the Spanish Government in cooperation with the municipal council in Managua. However, the children are finding all the changes traumatic and the uncertainty of the future of the centre only increases their insecurity and distress. We are currently working with ProNica (who provide the food for the children) and Los Quinchos (who manage the project on La Chureca) to ascertain what support the project will require over the next 12 months.

What’s clear is that we still need to raise around £400 per month to keep it going – probably up until March next year when we hope that the families will be able to move into new houses and start new jobs. Since setting up our new online fundraising page in April we have raised over £1800. Thanks to all those who have donated and supported the project over the years – we still need you! We have been working with and funding the project since 2007 – raising more than £20,000 to keep the centre open. This money has paid for the salaries of the staff who work with the children – a coordinator, a teacher, two vocational instructors, a cook, a nurse, a nightwatchman – 7 staff in all, for the small sum of £6,000 a year.

Los Quinchos helps support the children and develop them. Some of the street children they’ve worked with in the past now work for the organisation. Others have gone on to higher education. All have had a respite from the punishing conditions in La Chureca.

You can join our ‘Appeal for the Children of La Chureca, Nicaragua’ facebook page here to receive regular news and updates.

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