Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Please take a few minutes to watch this video that one of our PDs, Hannah, made about our work in La Chureca. It's a good inside look at what life is like there. Keep in mind, it's never advisable to film there out of respect for our friends who live there, so a lot of the footage was taken from the car.
If you're interested in applying to be a PD next year or a Summer Intern this year, please click here! The next deadline is December 1.
Monday, October 29, 2012
"This month we began a health class for 6th-8th grade boys at the public school in Chiquilistagua. There was already a program in place for the young women at this school, so MPI Nicragua expanded our efforts to teach to the young men as well. Now, we teach two classes a week to boys whom before the class begun had a free hour while the girls were in heath class. Just like the women health class, we use Como Planear Mi Vida as a resource for our subject material. A lack of information about health, gender relations, and sexual relation is present in this community so we see a lot of potential to provide a beneficial class. We are very excited to continue get to know the students and provide a valuable lessons to the young men in Chiquilistagua."
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Below is a video that I made for my family and friends about my experience thus far in Nicaragua. I spent my first year out of college working in an office and decided to go abroad to get more experience and adventure under my belt. It's been the best decision I could have made.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
"One of the aspects of Manna that really drew me to apply was it's very unique, strong relationship with the communities it works in. There are many programs that can teach English or do microfinance which don't get me wrong are very helpful in developing countries. However, the people we are helping are not numbers, but people with personalities and families and life stories. They have experiences and values that can be shared and are important to understand toreally touch them in an impacting way. Just like my own family, they face struggles and hardships as well as find happiness in the celebrations of births and graduations. This is why since coming to Nicaragua and meeting the community members of Cedro Galan and Chiquilistagua, I have never once felt like an outsider or a person incapable of understanding their culture. Instead, I have been welcomed with open arms and been invited into each of their families.
Two nights of the week I am invited into Lorena's home for a delicious dinner while we sit in rocking chairs on the front porch talking about life. She hugs me tightly and says "adios mi bebita" when it's time to go. Despite the rain, Jaqueline and Proyanka carry me through the lake of a road to their house so I can teach them English on a Friday night. They don't hesitate to give up one of their sweaters so I don't catch a cold and give me their only candle when all the electricity is cut off. Tammy and her mom Lupe come over to my house to have fun in the pool and eat some lunch. As Tammy and I are catching up in my room, I am nearly knocked over when she throws her arms around me and says "you are my aunt!"
These are just a few examples of the love and acceptance I have received since coming to this beautiful country. I am reminded of the beauty of human connection every day and I know I will forever be impacted by the kindness I have experienced here. Every day I can feel myself learning how to become a better person and I have the beautiful people of Nicaragua to thank for that."
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
(Written by Hannah Peterson)
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
This past weekend we had our first retreat at Laguna de Apoyo. We had all heard great things about this spot but I think all of our expectations were surpassed! The clean, blue lake and lush, green slopes of the crater were breathtaking. It was the perfect backdrop to our time of team and vision building.
My favorite part of the weekend was when we reflected on everything that has happened so far. Even in our brief two months of being in country, we have achieved things together-- big and small. Looking forward, we have a better vision for what we want to learn and how we want to grow the programs of MPI Nicaragua. We are all invested in our programs and want to see the people in our communities flourish for the rest of this year and the years to come.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
The Little Things
Friday, June 8, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Nicaragua Summer Intern 2012
Manna Project International
Monday, June 4, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
Walmart impulsa proyecto económico y social para apoyar a mujeres de La Chureca
El proyecto beneficiará a 2 mil personas
El proyecto beneficiará a 2 mil personas en total y nació luego que en el mes de noviembre 2011 el voluntariado presentó un plan de negocios que permitirá implementar el “proyecto de fortalecimiento a Mujeres emprendedoras”, dijo el Licenciado García Monteneegro. La actividad se realizó en Supermercado la Unión de Linda Vista. Las mujeres beneficiadas se dedicarán con el aporte de Walmart de México y Centroamérica, dijo la directora de Manna Project Internacional, Katie Messick, a labores de bisutería.
El Gerente de Asuntos Corporativos afirmó que con el Proyecto se generarán 25 empleos autosostenibles para 25 madres desempleadas; 50 madres empoderadas para toma de decisiones positivas de nutrición y alimentación para ellas y sus familias.
También se espera atender 22.000 consultas y tratamientos de salud y nutrición anuales en la Clínica Casa Base de Salud, institución que Walmart apoyó en el 2011 a través del Voluntariado Corporativo que efectuaron 100 asociados. Ese es el único centro asistencial médico que existe La Chureca y que atiende a las 120 familias.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
Four times a week, Sam and I teach a beginner's English class - Mondays and Wednesdays to about 15 students at El Salero, and Tuesdays and Thursdays to about 20-25 students at El Farito. There used to be only one beginner's English class, but Sam and I started the new one at El Salero about 7 months ago because some of our teen English students were clearly interested in and capable of an adult English class. Beginner's English has been one of my favorite programs this year, and we have a lot of fun teaching the class. Our students are fantastic (most of the time...:-)) and it's a fun level of English to teach.
Last week, since we had finished our six-ish month curriculum, we gave a placement test to our students. The test was to determine if they had learned enough in beginner's English to move on to our second English level. Out of the 33 students who took the exam, 20 of them received a high enough score to pass! I am so, so proud of our students and how much they have learned - the reality is that when we only have 2 hours of class a week, there's only so much we can do as teachers, and the students have to motivate themselves to study more and learn English. I am particularly excited for our teen English students, because I have no doubt that they will quickly advance through our English levels if they stay motivated and will be able to speak very good English before they graduate from high school. Knowing English is a huge help in getting jobs here in Nicaragua, so it will be a very useful skill for them to have at such a young age.
Every rose has its thorns, though, and this is no exception. The 20 students who passed the exam will be moving up to elementary, and Sam and I are very sad to see them go. It'll be strange not to go to our English classes next week and be greeted by the familiar faces of our students, but we're hoping to have a new batch of students interested and excited about learning English!
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Saturday, March 3, 2012
This week, MPI Nicaragua is excited to host our first two groups of spring break volunteers, from Vanderbilt and UNC Chapel Hill. Our Vandy group will be working closely with our math and literacy program, and have brought books and other supplies that will greatly benefit the class. Meanwhile, UNC Chapel Hill will be helping with our women’s health and nutrition initiative by funding and hosting a inaugural hands-on cooking lesson in El Farito for our new women’s nutrition class. Later on this spring we will also host groups from UGA and Worcester State. Stay tuned for daily updates from our spring break volunteers themselves—you can find each university’s postings on the appropriate tabs above. Enjoy!
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
1) Coming from the Northeast, the weather here is beautiful. In January/February/March it is the dry season in Nicaragua. The temperature is 80+ on most days with an occasional breeze.
2) The Manna House serves many purposes. Located slightly outside of the community we serve the house is not only sleeping quarters but also a home office, social networking, an exercise room and most importantly a place to build friendships with 10 other people who have the common desire to work along side the people here in Managua.
3) The main form of transportation here is our micro. I have learned to love it already, as it serves not only as our mode of transportation but we often pick up several kids in the different programs at their homes. Otherwise I don't think they would attend without us picking them up each day.
4) It takes a village to raise a child. This statement has reoccured in my mind several times this week. Here in Nicaragua the front door is always open. In the states, I think our culture has drastically shifted away from helping our neighbors. Just in the short week I am reminded that it is oh so important to invest in your neighbors and those who you live with. Each time there is a break in between classes, any one of us can simply walk across the street and chat with just about anyone nearby.
5) The programs are successful because of the people behind them, both in the community and the staff in the Manna House. Everyone is devoted to their individual programs and are often looking for ways to make improvements. Upon arriving to the house I wasn't really sure which program (s) would interest me most. The best thing about being here so far is that I don't have to decide yet and there is a wide variety to choose from. Will share more later on each of those programs. #buenosdias