Amount Needed $7316.00 | Nicaragua | GPS 11.43611, -85.55394
The village of El Congo is located on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua, on the south east end of the country. The island was formed by two volcanoes, one of which is still active. The volcanic ash has made the soil of this island extremely fertile, allowing continuous planting. The volcanoes are visible from everywhere on the island, and life on Ometepe revolves closely around them. They also play an important part in the myths and legends of the island, which once served as an indigenous burial ground. Families in El Congo tend to support themselves by working in the agriculture or tourism industries. Francisco’s and Carla’s families have lived in the community of El Congo for generations. They have two young boys, 5 year old Carlos who attends preschool, and 2 year old Hector. Hector travels to Costa Rica to work during the coffee harvest, and works on Ometepe seasonally as an agricultural laborer. Karla works as a teacher in a private school where she earns under $3.00 a day. Carla is very involved in the Community Health projects in her area. She travels to three different communities on the weekends, teaching the women about preventative health and also to make crafts from recycled plastic and bakery items that they can sell as a source of income. The homes in El Congo are built with mud bricks with nothing more than tarps or palm fronds for a roof. They are unsafe and very damp, especially during the rainy season. Carla and Francisco are excited about the prospect of having a safe and secure home in which to raise their young sons.
Our Earning by Learning initiative gives families the opportunity to build at their own capacity while at the same time, furthering sustainable development in their own community. Families can participate in classes centered on home budgeting, gardening, sewing, basic education and much more. Families also become connected with their communities by participating in projects such as building each other’s homes, cleaning their neighborhoods, and serving in local schools and churches. This sustainable approach results in community development that multiplies from neighbor to neighbor. By participating in their community, families not only work together, but they feel the support of their neighbors and develop relationships of trust and shared burdens.
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|David||2017 1MISSION||1MISSION||$125.00||11/24/2017||In Loving memory of Honore, Michael and Jacob DeGroote|
|Paul||Kinley Counts #2||1MISSION||$100.00||11/24/2017|
|Sage||Help Trevor Help Others||1MISSION||$60.00||11/23/2017||This is so cool! I love to see people using their gifts/talents/possessions to help others!! This is so exciting and I wish you the best in this journey!!|
|Becca||Becca's House to House||1MISSION||$100.00||11/21/2017||Thank you for your business Jocelyn Pouget|
|Michelle||2017 1MISSION||1MISSION||$60.00||11/20/2017||So thankful to be part of building a house for the Zamudio Sandoval family!!! Just amazing what 1Mission is doing in partnership with the families in Rocky Point!!! Thank you for all you do!|
|MOS Glass||The Lombardi Team||1MISSION||$500.00||11/16/2017||James and Amy, you’re the best... can’t wait to hear about your success building this weekend!|
|James & Amy||The Lombardi Team||1MISSION||$100.00||11/14/2017||Thank you Miguel & Norma!|
|James & Amy||The Lombardi Team||1MISSION||$100.00||11/14/2017||Thank you Troy S!|
|Terry||Charlee for 1mission||1MISSION||$60.00||11/10/2017|
|Nick||220-221Workshop||1MISSION||$375.00||11/09/2017||Mr. & Mrs. Sprouse|