We apologize for the radio silence over the past five months. It has been a particularly difficult time for Nicaragua. Since April of this year, Nicaragua has been embroiled in the worst civil unrest it has seen in the past 30 years. The last thing we want is for our silence to be interpreted as indifference- we are heartbroken by what our brothers and sisters in San Ramón and in all of Nicaragua are living through. However, as a foreign organization working in Nicaragua, we have always and must continue to maintain a strict policy of being apolitical. This is particularly difficult for us, because promoting cross-cultural understanding is a big part of who we are.
Nonetheless, one thing has not changed for us: our commitment to the people of San Ramón. For the safety of our staff, we decided to temporarily suspend our work in July. In September of this year, we have been able to resume some, but not all, of our projects. We depend heavily on the income from our cultural immersion ecotours to fund our work, and unfortunately the recent events have forced us to cancel all of our ecotours for the 2018-19 season. This means that this year we will have to depend almost completely on donations, and that means scaling back our projects for this year. Here is what we are currently working on:
Teacher certification program -A collaboration with a local non-profit, Comité Mano Vuelta, to improve the quality of education in San Ramón’s rural communities
Los Pipitos San Ramón (Center for Children with Disabilities) -A clinic run by a San Ramón volunteer that provides free physical therapy and early intervention education to children with disabilities.
Sanitation in San Martin, Jicaro 2, and San Roque -A project designed by a group of rural women leaders to meet the needs of sanitation in their communities
Rural School Partnership (RSP) program: By partnering rural elementary schools in San Ramón with schools and organizations in the U.S., we promote cross-cultural exchange between children of rural San Ramón and the people of our sister communities. The RSP program also supports education in these rural areas, giving children an opportunity for a brighter future.
Nuestro San Ramón: SCSRN is proud to launch the Virtual Museum “Nuestro San Ramón” (Our San Ramón) as a way for people to learn more about San Ramón’s history and culture. Visit to learn more.
The events of the past months have shown us that the future can be unpredictable, but it has also shown us what things have staying power. We want to show the people of San Ramón that our friendship and commitment to them is long-lasting. We invite you to show your solidarity as well by supporting us in our work.
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