One of the few material items Future Roots Project is always in need of besides books, are quality maps to put into classrooms. We are expecting visitors in two weeks from the United States and are looking for 10 new maps for them to bring with them.
Maps are an important tool in the classroom for a number of reasons, you would be surprised how many people here have no idea where Nicaragua is on a map. Countless times after showing someone on a map where they are, they say, “Nicaragua is so small”, followed by, “wow, there is El Salvador or Costa Rica… and where is your country?” they may ask.
We have had a lot of luck with these amazing cloth maps from JoAnne Fabrics, but have also used large laminated maps as well.
If you have a map to donate please send it to:
Future Roots Project
2909 France Ave North
Minneapolis MN, 55422
If you would like to make a donation to the project please click on the link below. Thank you for your support!
Sometimes it feels like Christmas all year round here in Nicaragua. Future Roots Project has the privilege to give back everyday in communities of need, but what a wonderful season to remind ourselves how much more we have to give!
Last week ended with a wonderful fiesta for the children of Pantanal. This is the community where all of our work started five years ago. We continue to collaborate with the wonderful educators and community leaders here, and it was the perfect place for us to begin our holiday celebrations this year.
In collaboration with other local organizations and businesses we had a wonderful program full of music, theater, story-telling, face painting, food and friendship. Anticipating 300 children, it was surprising to find out that over 500 children and parents ended up coming out for the event. It also proves that there is a true need in the communities we work in, and that almost every time we have an event, the number of participants surpass our expectation every time.
We are thankful for the support of our community outside of Pantanal, without the generosity of our family, friends, local community organizations in Minnesota, and everyone else who has allowed us continue our work here, thank you!
As the Holidays approach we ask that you remember Future Roots Project in your holiday gatherings. While preparing for joyous holiday celebrations with your family and friends, it’s important to stop and reflect on the joy and blessings in our own lives while also being aware that not everyone is so fortunate. While shopping for gifts for your loved ones, please consider a gift to support the work of Future Roots with a tax deductible charitable donation.
Future Roots Project provides a number of greatly needed services to teachers, children, multiple communities, and individuals throughout Nicaragua. Making a donation is a great way to show friends, family, and even your neighbors, that you are thinking about the true reason for the season, as well as sending a message that you are mindful of the communities of need around the world.
Weather you make a donation instead of purchasing a traditional gift or as an add-on, this is truly a thoughtful opportunity to spread a message of cheer and charitable giving during this holiday season.
Your generosity has a positive impact on people who are in need, every gifts matters, please decide to make a difference today here in Nicaragua. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Feliz Navidad
Sending a big “Hola” to our family, friends, and neighbors!
We think of you often and hope you are all doing well!
The exciting roller coaster that has been the last few months finally slowed down long enough for us to send this update. September proved to be our most successful month of work, training teachers on the Pacific and Atlantic sides of the country. But then October happened and we trained more teachers than ever before and the bar got raised even higher. Future Roots Project held 2 teacher trainings back to back reaching 110 teachers, from 3 different states in less than just 24 hours. Without the support of every who attended our fundraisers and generously donated this would not be possible!
For the first time we invited specially selected teachers from the different communities we serve to come together for a training and meet each other. The day of the event it was raining non-stop, rumors of a tropical storm and a red alert, whatever that is, and despite everything 100% of the teachers invited still showed up.
This really proves their level of interest and dedication to learning new strategies and searching for sustainable solutions to the education crisis in Nicaragua.
Earlier this month we spent time on the Caribbean Coast brining over 120 high quality children’s books that were donated to the school in Haulover. The teachers received workshops in storytelling, dynamic activities, and how to use collage tables in the classroom.
Special thanks to John Hanson for designing our new logo and to
Todd Hollingsworth, T&T Designs, Inc, for your amazing graphic design services.
Dearest Friends and Family of Future Roots Project,
We have so much to be grateful for this Holiday Season. The last year proved to mark the beginning of a new chapter in the Future Roots story. Not only have we furthered our mission of providing educational, artistic, and health initiatives to impoverished communities in Nicaragua, but we have also officially accomplished our goal of becoming a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This, of course, is big news for both the Future Roots Project and you, our cherished and long-time supporters because, now, every dollar that you choose to donate is 100% tax-deductible!
In addition to this big change, our newest collaborator, Timothy Daly, will bring a unique, community-focused artistic project to the Laguna de Apoyo in the beginning of 2017 to expand Future Roots Project’s commitment to provide access to a quality arts education to the children of Nicaragua.
We enter 2017 hopeful and humbled by the big hearts and generosity shown to us by you, our dear friends and family, in 2016. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for all of the support, both financial and emotional, that you have given us. We could not do this important work without you. A special thank you to our primary supporters; The Rotary Club, Palmer’s Bar, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Tim & Sandy Belden, Kerry & Sheryl Ness, Mr. Haugan, Julie & Karlos Weisenhorn, Claire Engebretson, John Lapointe, Gail & Tim Mueller, Virginia Belden Charles, Mita Bell, Lynn & Tom Wiggins, Tim Nelson & Bryan Williams and to all the musicians who donate their time and talent to us each year.
As we enter into this season of togetherness we remember that each of you has touched our lives in some way and for that, we cannot be more grateful. Know that you are in our thoughts and our hearts this Holiday Season!
Speaking of togetherness… let’s get together in the New Year! Our very own Jaime Belden will be returning to Minnesota in late January and we would like to re-connect with you, our family and friends. We invite you to the family home of Jaime in Robbinsdale to share refreshments and to talk with you about our year and what is on the horizon Future Roots Project in 2017 and beyond! Mark your shiny new calendars! The get-together will be on January 23, 2017 from 6-7:30pm.
If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and how many guests you would like to bring. We will get back to you with the specifics. We thought that this informal get-together would be a great way to reconnect with you and we would be honored if you could attend.Thank you again for your loving support and we will see you in the New Year! We love you!
With gratitude and kindest appreciation,
Jaime, Elizabeth, and Timothy of Future Roots Project
I have been on the Carribe Coast of Nicaragua for a little over 3 weeks now, working again in the community of Haulover.My focus is teaching children to read and I have begun my work in the classrooms of two wonderful teachers, Marlett and Lolita. These two teachers have roughly 45 students combined. After my first week I was able to evaluate each student individually, and it became quite clear that there was a real problem with literacy, however I feel very confident that with some time these students will be reading in no time.Books are hard to come by, but highly appreciated and I could never get tired of my students coming to my house asking to borrow one. This community of 3,000 people are indigenous inhabitants who speak a variety of languages, which adds to the problem of learning to read just one. Most people of Haulover speak English Creole, which is not a written language and others Miskito, another non-written indigenous language to this area. The people are fisherman and live off of the land they work. Corn, breadfruit, plantains and seafood is abundant along with other jungle vegetables and fruit bearing trees. The people are familiar with their lands and the things that they share that land with, however they are many obstacles to hurdle still.
Haulover is located in the RAAS region of Nicaragua, and autonomous, self governing part of the country. It is very secluded by the jungle and winding rivers and it shows with the non-exsistant help from the many NGOs that are found on the Spanish-speaking side of the country.
By investing my time in the community here makes a significant impact. To see how my time has already brought change to the children here makes me feel like with more time we could see a lasting difference. If you are able we are looking for five people to become sustaining monthly donors to help Jaime and I continue our work with the children of Nicaragua. A monthly donation of $10-20 can bring more books, teaching tools and trainings to struggling teachers we work with.Donations are now tax-deductible since Future Roots Project has become a 501c3 non-profit organization and your help is important to keep our project sustainable. Please continue to visit our website to get updates, share our work with family & friends, and do not be shy to contact us with any questions you might have.
Thank you again for all of the support, it truly changes lives!
Come join us for our 4th Annual Future Roots Fundraiser at Palmer’s Bar! It is going to be a wonderful night of live music from the Rich Lewis Band (7-9pm) and The Hand-Me-Downs (9-1am). We look forward to seeing all of you to celebrate another year of service in Nicaragua.
Future Roots is an all volunteer based international project bringing educational and artistic opportunities to impoverished communities in Nicaragua. Also aiding in the implementation of several health initiatives aiming to improve conditions and quality of life.
“Though my work may be menial, though my contribution may be small, I can perform it with dignity and offer it with unselfishness. My talents may not be great, but I can use them to bless the lives of others…. The goodness of the world in which we live is the accumulated goodness of many small and seemingly inconsequential acts.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley
Every dollar raised for the children of Nicaragua, goes farther than it ever could in the United States. Our project is possible because of generous donations from our family, friends, and community. Together we can directly improve the lives of the children.
The past three weeks has been full of water filter trainings and distributions in collaboration with Darrell Ward, a member of the Rotary Club of Muskogee, OK. People in these communities who collect rainwater, from the ground and any other place they may be able to find it, use these bucket filters to provide purified water to their families. In a country where clean water is hard to find for drinking or cooking, these Sawyer filters are a blessing and we have been repeatedly thanked or gifted mangoes in appreciation.
300 filters have reached 1349 people in a total of 8 communities. This is not the beginning or the end of this amazing project, to date 650 filters have been distributed throughout Nicaragua and next year, Darrell will return for another distribution.
It is almost impossible to describe the conditions that some of these families live in; some live a few meters from the landfill and deal with a terrible infestation of flies. Others find themselves and their children sick from waterborne illnesses because they have to scoop water from a hand dug ditch for their drinking water. And others deal with mosquitoes that carry diseases like Dengue Fever and Chikungunya, both causing dangerously high fevers that can be fatal. Others have no option but to buy water from a tanker trunk that may or may not pass by their homes every 8-15 days.
It has been a pleasure to assist in the distribution process, which includes interviews, assembling bucket filters, and post-surveys. We have met many new people who have helped us organize these community gatherings, such as Leonel, who is a member of the El Tunel, an barrio located outside of Masaya. He has become our newest contact person for this group of people and has extra parts to repair any bucket filter that many have an issue. We cannot thank him enough for his help and look forward to seeing him in the new future.
As educators we are always pleased to meet the children of these communities. These kids live rough, rural lives and may have to walk miles to get to school, but we are thankful that they at least have the opportunity to drink clean water that will keep them healthy and happy. Of the 1349 people reached these past three weeks , 536 have been children.
Again, we have to thank Darrell for his dedication to provide clean water to the people of Nicaragua. We look forward to working with him long into the future.
We are happy to have Darrell Ward here with us again in Nicaragua. He is here with us for a month distributing bucket filters to hundreds of people in the rural areas of Masaya. Darrell is a member of the Muskogee OK Rotary Club and has been working in Nicaragua for years distributing water filters and working on other water projects that aim to provide potable water and improving quality of life. This is our first time helping with the distribution process. We started in Pochote, where 50 families went home with new filters that will provide clean drinking water for 30 year or up to one million gallons.
These Sawyer filters will remove all bacteria, viruses and parasites that live in the water found in these communities. Our day began with Darrell giving a training on how to assemble the unit before each person received their own to assemble and show that they knew how to clean the filter before they could take it home with them. Below is a video of one man assembling his bucket filter.
Day two was spent in Nandayure, another community outside of the city of Masaya where another 50 families received filters. We drove to a small church down a dirt pig trail until we came to group of people waiting for our arrival.
Again Darrell gave an assembly training and after we stepped outside and began the distribution. The video is of a women who we visited in her home showing us that she knew how to clean her filter.
Another important piece of this project is to visit homes that already have filters to check in to see how the filter is working, to ask any questions, and to do any repairs that may need to be done to filters. We visited 10 families this past week, here are a few pictures of the home visits.
We want to thank Darrell for allowing us to help him on this amazing project, we are only one week in, stay tuned for updates about what else we will be busy with this month!
“The Spanish Empire conquered the region in the 16th century. Nicaragua gained independence from Spain in 1821. Since its independence, Nicaragua has undergone periods of political unrest, dictatorship, and fiscal crisis—the most notable causes that led to the Nicaraguan Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s.”
Tuesday we celebrated with the community of the Laguna de Apoyo with a parade, gathering in the school, and a marching band.