Education is fundamental to all our projects. For example, cotton farming cannot be sustainable if farmers don’t know how to rotate their crops with peanuts and beans, or how to deal with boll weevil infestations organically. There is no sustainability in economic development if the workers are not learning how to manage their business effectively and how to add value to their products.
We are not experts in agronomy, management, computer skills, marketing, teaching English as a second language, or accounting, but our work in education is to connect people who do know with those who want to learn.
What good is health care if people do not know how to stay healthy within the constraints of poverty; do not know what is going on with their own bodies and their children’s bodies; do not know how to plan their families or prevent diseases?
We listen to the community through health promoters, they tell us what is needed, and then we organize classes, support groups, and solicit experts to help them learn more and take better control of their health.
But poor people need more than just people who will teach.
They need people who will not only listen to their needs, but who will stand with them as advocates for a more just world, and share their resources with them. As a result of this important need, we teach people from wealthier countries about poverty in poorer nations, especially Nicaragua.
We host volunteers at our center – both groups and individuals – and also talk about our work with groups hosted by other organization that are in-country. We do several speaking tours each year covering many areas of the U.S., Canada, Ireland and Northern Ireland. We write four brief newsletters a year (available by mail or email), publish a blog, and post on Facebook and Twitter. We also educate visitors through the Casa Benjamin Linder project.
Stay in touch and learn along with us… Download a Your Nicaraguan Cheat Sheet: all the essentials in two hours or less © 2012 here (15GB PDF file).