We are in the process of revamping a preschool classroom in the Laguna de Apoyo and it is looking really great! Painting 30 year old boards really spruced up the place, however we are running low on paint, so here is where you come in. We are looking for a donation between $8-$12 to buy the paint to finish these boards which are being transformed into learning spaces in the classroom and also a location to showcase class art! To make a donation visit www.gofundme.com/futureroots Thank you!
In Nicaragua, the combination of strong traditions and a celebrative character make the Holy Week celebrations one of the most commemorative events of the year for many Nicaraguans. It is a moment of interesting, massive processions, as well as a period of summer vacations during which diversion and relaxation form the main priorities. There are furthermore even culinary expressions related to this particular period of the year.
During Holy Week, or Semana Santa in Spanish, Christian cultures like the one in Nicaragua commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus. These celebrations take place at the end of March or at the beginning of April. The exact date is set by the Catholic Church and it depends on the phases on the moon.
It is surely true that Holy Week is a passionate religious week for Nicaraguans. However, not the whole population partakes in the prayers and traditional processions. In fact, for the major part of the Nicaraguan population this period has a more mundane, less spiritual meaning: it is a time of summer vacation, during which resting, relaxing, having fun, and partying on a large scale (in Nicaragua referred to as ‘bacanalear’) are the most important aspects.
In general, visiting the beach or other bathing sites during Holy Week is a traditional custom. Inhabitants of both rural and urban areas often spend one or more days at the beach, at Lake Nicaragua, around lagoons, or at one of the many different rivers. This is not an illogical place, given the extreme temperatures of the tropical summers during this time of the year. (https://vianica.com/go/specials/12-holy-week-nicaragua.html)
We had a wonderful time running on the beach, swimming watching futbol, and eating local food with our students. We also had a super fun day on the water in Topochiva, the only boat found in La Laguna de Apoyo, dancing, eating hot dogs, and just enjoying a nice cruise with our neighbors! Thanks for everyone who make our week special!
It’s been a busy 2015 for Future Roots Project, we are collaborating with Proyecto CocoMango, located in La Laguna de Apoyo, a rural community outside of Masaya, Nicaragua.
We focus on youth and adult literacy and nutricion education, similar to the work we are doing in Pantanal as well. After school tutoring and art activities are also a large part of our work in both communities.
We want to again thank all of the amazing people who continue to support our work to improve the realities of illiteracy and malnutricion in Nicaragua.
We know this time of year is very busy for families, so thank you for taking a few minutes out of your day to connect with us. Even though we are far away this holiday season, we are taking time to reflect on the blessing in our lives. The biggest gift we have received is our loving, supportive community back home that allows us to do the work we love, even though that means we can’t be with you to celebrate. Your support not only means the world to us, but also to the communities, teachers and kids we love in Nicaragua.
Thanks to your ongoing support, we have accomplished more than we ever thought possible this past year. We would like to share this very special video we made just for you!