(NICARAUGA) I remember quite vividly watching the the CBC documentary series The National Dream in the early 70’s. I was about ten years old and mesmerized by the enormous feat of building a railroad across Canada that linked the east to the west.
(NICARAGUA) Entering Victor Solano’s house in rural Nicaragua, you might think you are walking into in a soda shop. Big plastic soda bottles of every brand — Coke, Pepsi, Sprite and several brands local to Nicaragua — line the exterior walls of his home.
Although indigenous people make up less than 5 percent of the world’s population, they represent 15 percent of the poorest. August 9 marks the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This declaration defends the rights of indigenous peoples, encouraging them to maintain their unique traditions and cultures, and promoting cooperation and harmony with the rest of the world.
Thirty dollars. That’s Rosa Chavara’s savings goal for this year. In January, Rosa decided to try to save two dollars a month, and challenged herself to save double when she could. Rosa lives in the community of Santa Gertrudis, Nicaragua, at the end of a winding, dirt road three hours from the capital city of Managua. Her family has lived there for years, eking out a living on their small farm, surviving both drought and torrential rains. It’s not the best place to have a farm. Life is hard in almost every respect. Rosa and her husband, Modesto, have four children; the youngest, Jasmari, is just eleven months old.
2017 is the year Canada celebrates 150 years as a confederation. As we do so, what is the story we will share? While four provinces (Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) came together on July 1, 1867 to form the new Dominion of Canada, the rest of the provinces joined later over time, with Nunavut as the most recent in 1999.
This week we travel 12,000 km to Nazaret, a community in north-eastern Nicaragua. Lucia Méndez, a mother of four, is part of World Renew’s food security project in Nazaret, in partnership with Accion Médica Cristiana (AMC) and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Through this project, Lucia is learning how to rotate crops, make better use of her land, and prepare her own organic fertilizers, compost and pesticides.