Upated May 2019: What is happening in Nicaragua?
In mid-April 2018, political unrest began with widespread protests and violence left hundreds dead despite on-again off-again dialogues between opposing sides. For background on the crisis as well as current updates, see our blog, and recent newsletters. To donate now click here: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/jhc-cdca
How does the Crisis Affect the People with Whom the CDCA Works?
The people suffering the most, of course, are not only the families of those who have been killed, and those injured, but also the poor.
Although the violence has subsided, and people are once again moving about, the instability of the past year did open a window for a rise in gang activity and crime. We have been fortunate that Ciudad Sandino, including Nueva Vida, has stayed very calm.
Gas prices have risen, triggering general price increases. With the rise in food costs, now the folks with whom we work are buying less rice and beans than they did several months ago. Although public schools are once again able to provide one hot meal per day for primary school children, many of the kids where we work are not getting enough to eat at home because hundreds of thousands of Nicaraguans have lost their jobs in recent months.
Tourism and construction, which employ many of our clinic patients, are suffering from the abrupt instability; and nearly every industry is affected. Each day we hear of more businesses closing their doors and laying off staff, including non-profits, whose services are needed the most right now.
Instability affects poor families the most, you can help.
How Does the Crisis Affect the Work of the CDCA?
The organic agriculture cooperative managed to export its 2017 sesame, peanut and coffee crops in 2018, but those exports were delayed due to roadblocks which resulted in damage to some of the product.
Due to loss of revenue from closed businesses, the government has implemented a new tax law that is affecting the agricultural co-op, adding costs at each step in the processing of organic peanuts and sesame, making it all but impossible for the cooperative to maintain prices that are internationally competitive.
The patients who come to our Nueva Vida clinic depend on our delegations to bring specialized doctors and donated medicines. These sudden cancellations mean that we are now looking at a shortfall of $100,000 in our annual budget, including for 2019. And yet, the few individual volunteers who did come in the Fall and early 2019 found our clinic proceeding calmly for now, even in the face of this shortfall.
While the Nueva Vida Clinic is continuing to remain open, staffed, and providing all services, we are going to have to cut clinic programs and lay off staff unless we can find another way to cover operating costs…we need your financial help.
Our patients with diabetes, hypertension, chronic pulmonary obstruction, and Parkinson’s need their medicines. Without medicines, our Parkinson’s patients cannot eat because they shake so violently; the children and older women struggle to breathe without their inhalers.
Please help them survive this time of crisis. The CDCA needs immediate funds and needs on-going monthly pledges. Please consider and pray on this, donate to the CDCA, and share concern for this need with others. We promise to use your money wisely.
Donate online at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/jhc-cdca
Or send a check made out to CDCA c/o Donita Miller, 420 Longhorn Dr, Rock Hill, SC 29732-8886
For background on the crisis as well as current updates, see our blog, recent newsletters,.and watch and share this 2:35 minute video, produced August 2018, for the short version of what you need to know and how you can help https://youtu.be/MGihEVYeVNo