Nicaragua updates on #COVID19

For the past week Nicaragua has been experimenting a significant growth in COVID-19 cases and deaths that the government has publicly denied.

The Ortega’s regime is also threatening healthcare workers who dare to wear gloves and masks, all because according to them “it scares patients and makes them panic”. Additionally, if any healthcare worker wants to quit, they will take away their license for good.

Several doctors have spoken up about the government’s negligence with the current pandemic AND have been fired consequently.

People have started donating to different clinics and hospitals, but it has been done secretly as the contributions may be taken away by the authorities.

A group of people were taken to jail just this week because the Sandinista Police says it’s “illegal to donate surgical masks”.

Due to recent events, we cannot say the exact place where donations are going, but we can show you what we’ve bought with all your help.

The first donations consist of 1,140 reusable masks that went all to healthcare workers (as shown below)

100 in Granada
550 in Tipitapa, Managua, Estelí
390 in Matagalpa
100 to a hospital in Managua

We are now working to distribute the kits and will keep you posted.

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We stand together against #COVID19

When we talk about Nicaragua we often talk about its totalitarian regime, of course we also mention its natural beauties and the warmth of its people. But this time, we are here to highlight their solidarity in the middle of harsh circumstances. To commemorate two years after the April 2018 civil uprising against their government, the Nica group came up with the idea of throwing up a virtual concert to raise donations for Nicaraguans battling the #COVID19 crisis in high-risk situations.

Together we created resources that will impact the daily circumstances of many Nicaraguans under vulnerability. We want to congratulate us but most importantly we must congratulate you, yes, you! We did this together. With your help, your time, your donations, and your solidarity we will be able to put together a large amount of #CoronaCareKit that will be sent to Orphanages, nursing homes, and community clinics in Nicaragua. We are also sending half of the kits to Nicaraguan people in exile, seeking asylum in Costa Rica, Panama, and The Netherlands.

Your collaboration confirms that in the midst of a crisis we are not alone. The elderly, the orphans, the refugees that left the country because of political persecution are not alone. We are in this together, we can count on each other. More specifically your help is going to be used on #CoronaCareKit that are equipped with: 

  • Face masks
  • Disposable gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Dry goods such as rice and beans.
  • Analgesic and fever reducer medicines.

The total amount of kits will be distributed as follows:

  • 50% to Orphanages, nursing homes and community clinics in Nicaragua.
  • 25% asylum seekers and refugees in Costa Rica.
  • 15% asylum seekers and refugees in Panama.
  • 10% asylum seekers and refugees in The Netherlands.

You’ve done an amazing job, together we’ve managed to raise € 1,287.68 euros from donors in France, United States, Nicaragua, Norway, Denmark, Canada, Belgium, Sweeden, Panama, Spain, and of course The Netherlands. Please spread the word as we are still open for donations. Together we are making a difference!

To read more about who we are and about our #CoronaCareKit please visit our profile page. And please feel free to contact us if you have any specific questions or if you want to volunteer for our cause, we would love to have you on board.

Hasta pronto!

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Nicaragua’s Peace Project

Nicaragua is a tropical country with sandy beaches filled with stars, amazing warm weather and roaring volcanoes that light up the sky at night with fire. It’s right in the belly of Central America, between Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador. Home of some of the best coffee and cacao in the world, hosts all kinds of rich ecosystems, from thick jungles and fertile lands, to constellation of islands spread in a lake. The vastness of its natural resources including gold and precious wood, has attracted dictators and dirty corporations by the dozen, making it one of the most impoverished countries in Latin America.

Despite the great revolution of ´79 and numerous other previous civil wars and invasions, Nicaraguans have remained a peaceful and friendly population, ready to open their doors and share their food with anyone that visits their homes. Descendants of indigenes, their love for nature, honor and unconquerable free spirit has been kept alive generation after generation, continuously breaking the chains of greed and oppression.  Their strong sense of community has made them endure through terrible times in many occasions.

On April 18 of 2018, after decades of blatant corruption and the use of repression and fear to control the population, the National Police started openly shooting young unarmed university students with snipers and AK-47s. They were peacefully protesting for a reform bill on the Social Security System that would reduce benefits to the elderly and extend working periods for the rest of the population; all in order to keep sucking money out the Social Security System. People have had enough and were not going stand down against any amount of bullets or violence. After the first 30 students were shot in the streets; it was not about the Social Security reform anymore, it was about democracy, justice, peace and freedom.

Over a year has passed and the Nicaraguan community all over the world, along with over 60.000 people that had to go in exile, have created an articulated support network of self-directed organizations with the mission of bringing back democracy and peace to Nicaragua. This includes making the dictator Daniel Ortega step down from power and take him, along with the rest of the people accused of crimes against humanity, to justice. This is a worldwide non-violent effort under the name of #SOSNICARAGUA that is being led by hundreds of people that voluntarily have taken the challenge regardless of the consequences for them.