Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Lent in the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes

Nicaragua is about 50% larger than Ireland. With the Pacific to its west and the Caribbean to its east, this tropical bridge between the Americas boasts beautiful beaches, the continents second largest rainforest and forty volcanoes (many of which are active). It is also home to one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, Lago Nicaragua and breathtaking cloud forests. Tragically civil war, military dictators and Hurricane Mitch (1998) have condemned this uniquely stunning land to be one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.

Its population is 5.2 million of which half live below the poverty line and it has an adult literacy rate of only 67%.

Nicaragua is the focus of Trócaire’s 2006 Lenten campaign. Trócaire, the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland, funds 16 projects for the population of the agricultural north of the country who are too remote from the central government.
Trócaire works to enable them to secure enough nutrition to feed their families. Its educational projects also encourage the local communities to make the most of their land rights, credit opportunities, agricultural potential, local government entitlements and lobbying possibilities.
This is a full list of Trócaire’s current work in the country.

Make a donation to Trócaire’s 2006 Lenten campaign.

Here are 22 other charities working in Nicaragua.

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