Education is fundamental to all of the CDCA’s projects. For example, organic farming cannot be sustainable if growers don’t know to rotate their crops with peanuts and beans, or how to have safe pest control. 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.
Some of the staff are experts in many fields, some are not; but when a skill is need in – for example – agronomy, management, computer skills, marketing, teaching English as a second language, or accounting, then the staff looks to build connections between people who do have those skills 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?
The Nueva Vida Clinic has a network of 30 lay health promoters who attend monthly classes and keep their ears open to the needs of their communities. With their insight and advice, the clinic staff knows what is needed and then organizes classes, support groups, and solicits 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, the CDCA teaches people from wealthier countries about poverty in poorer nations, especially Nicaragua.
The CDCA hosts volunteers – both groups and individuals – and also talks about the CDCA’s work with groups hosted by other organizations that are in-country. Several speaking tours each year covering many areas of the U.S., Canada, Ireland and Northern Ireland are done by part of our staff. The CDCA produces four brief newsletters each year (available by mail or email), publishes a blog, and posts on Facebook and Twitter. Visitors are educated through the Casa Benjamin Linder project.
Stay in touch and learn along with the staff… Download a Your Nicaraguan Cheat Sheet: all the essentials in two hours or less © 2012 here (15GB PDF file).