The last few weeks have been difficult in Nicaragua and truthfully for our family times of big and unexpected change. I’ll share more about our experiences in the coming days and weeks but for today I want to focus on something small and concrete. So much of what I share in my writing and coaching is about ameliorating suffering on the inside so that women can open to their most full, beautiful and impactful lives. I COMPLETELY believe in this work because it creates resourced, compassionate and nimble people who can respond thoughtfully and powerfully to challenges.
As I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, Nicaragua has been going through a political metamorphosis which started in April and continues to be unresolved.
It has been an emotional rollercoaster as we monitor this situation, part hope and part heartbreak over the violence perpetuated by the government on peaceful protesters. I will be sharing more about what I have learned throughout this process in the coming weeks but for today I would like to introduce you to some very worthwhile nonprofits working in Nicaragua to make a more beautiful and just future. They could use your help now more than ever as many of them rely on tourists for funding or volunteers and are really struggling in the current climate.
So in no particular order I, want to introduce you to:
UPNicaragua: Xiomara and her team come well recommended for how they run their scholarship program in Granada, supporting 30 girls (coming from a difficult background and at risk) to ensure a new generation of educated, free-thinking women that can help this country grow and develop. They usually fund the program with the sale of handcrafted goods made by local artisans, but with the dramatic drop in tourism in the country, this is no longer an option. They are in need of external support to get them through the next few months. This crisis shall pass, and your contribution can help make sure that this program lives on. You can find all information and the link to make your donation here.
Cafe de Las Sonrisas: Did you know that the first cafe operated 100% by people with hearing disabilities in the american continent is located in the city of Granada, Nicaragua? The center also has a hammock workshop to provide meaningful employment for those with disabilities. (They make great hammocks! We got ours there earlier this year.) Unfortunately, the cafe relies heavily on visitors and tourists, and after the last few weeks it has become unsustainable as the streets of the usually vibrant Granada are currently empty. The founder of the nonprofit, Tio Antonio, originally from Spain, has a plan to re-structure the cafe to make baked goods and other food to go in order to attract local clients until the situation improves and Nicaragua recovers tourism once again. You can read more about the campaign, watch a great video, and make your donations here.
Organización Nicaragüense Ambiental: The only Nicaraguan organization of its kind, they aim to protect animals and natural resources in the country, with their main focus being Casa Lucito, an animal shelter located in the city of Masaya. They rely on mostly donations made by Nicaraguans and residents and at this times of uncertainty, the people are either focusing on their own well-being and hence unable to spare the money and others have left (in cases leaving their animals behind). Organica just published a list of items they need urgently, as well as a link to make donations, after the city of Masaya has been devastated by the confrontations in the last week or so. You can check all details here (in Spanish), and a ton of cute pics of the animals and their work on their FB page. (If you don’t speak Spanish you can use Google translate to learn more.)
And lastly if you would like a birds eye view on what is happening the Atlantic wrote a great piece about it a few days ago which you can read here.
If you are inspired by these nonprofits as I am I invite you to choose one or more and to make a donation today. #flourishtogether
Courtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual master's degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School and is the author of The Flourish Formula: An Overachiever's Guide to Slowing Down and Accomplishing More and creator of the 8-Step Flourish Coaching Program. Courtney helps busy women unlock their greatest gifts and thrive in their personal lives. In the summer of 2017 she followed a long time dream and moved to Nicaragua with her husband Richard Amory (they met in Nicaragua in the Peace Corps) and their three children where together they are exploring volcanic islands, colonial cities and beaches. They have made their home in Granada where they are being tutored by their neighbors in the art of slowing down and living more. Interested to learn more? Each month Courtney offers a handful of complimentary Flourish Assessment Calls for new or potential clients. You can schedule one here.
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