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Welcome to our new e-newsletter!

As you've already heard, earlier this year Casa Canadiense and Pueblito Canada officially amalgamated to form Casa - Pueblito. We're continuing to work on all the same programs, just combining our resources to increase our capacity. We've been hard at work amalgamating all of our processes, and are now ready to present our new logo, along with our new e-newsletter. We're very excited about our new look and would love to hear from you about it! Our new website will be launching soon, but in the meantime check us out on Twitter and Facebook

We appreciate your continued support and patience with us through this amalgamation, and we look forward to bringing you more exciting updates like the ones below as we continue to grow together.

Thanks again,

Katie Daly
Executive Director, Casa - Pueblito

Save the Date: 
Revisiting the Nicaraguan Revolution

Casa - Pueblito is pleased to present our second annual special exhibit, Revisiting the Nicaraguan Revolution. This bilingual (Spanish and English) exhibit will feature a collection of original, official posters published and distributed during Nicaragua's revolutionary period in the 1980s. We invite you to join us for the opening night gala on to learn more about this significant and turbulent time in Nicaraguan history. Due to the generous donation of new posters at last year's exhibit, we have expanded and added a few additional posters this year!

When: Wednesday June 24th from 7-10pm
Where: Vtape at 401 Richmond
Street West, Suite 452, Toronto
More information can be found on our website.

Completion of the 5th and Final Classroom in Jiñocuao 

On April 30th, the Casa - Pueblito staff in Managua visited our community partners in Jiñocuao, a small village near the town of Somotillo in Chinandega, to celebrate the completion of this year’s community project that was funded and supported by Casa -Pueblito’s Project Fund. This year’s project was aimed at the construction of a classroom for the local high school. This construction project completes the number of classrooms needed for the high school to become fully operational.
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Since 2012, community leaders have been working towards building a high school in the village of Jiñocuao, a rural peasant village. Community members are well organized in local village and church committees, both of whom organize the community to bring social progress through community development projects, social organization, cultural events, and educational programs. Community leaders from Jiñocuao were able to make contact with past coordinators from Casa - Pueblito, and in 2012, the community built the first classroom of the high school with funding and support from what was then Casa Canadiense. They aimed to build four more classrooms to create a fully functioning high school in the community within the next five years.   

On April 30th, 2015, this vision was completed, as the fifth and final classroom was completed. Four out of five of these classrooms were built through the funding and support of Casa - Pueblito, the other through support from a religious organization. The final classroom will begin be put to work hosting the students beginning in January 2016. With the completion of the high school, the principal and teachers hope that they will be able to register the school officially under the Ministry of Education.
The community of Jiñocuao is a Christian community that mobilizes and preaches Liberation Theology. In the 1980’s, the region of Chinandega was a conflict zone that faced strong repression and violence from the Contra mercenaries, as the villages in that area are located close to Honduras. Today, the community is well organized. Many members of the community have clear memories of the civil wars of the 1970’s and the 1980’s, as well as revolution, memories which serve as an intellectual and spiritual guide for the social organization seen today in the community.  

The school is currently run by Don Julio, a lay minister who serves as the school's principal. He is a well known and respected community leader and member of the local village and church organizations. Don Julio is a social science teacher, and is accompanied by 6 other volunteer student teachers who are currently studying at universities in Nicaragua. Don Julio and another teacher are the only paid staff at the school; the volunteer student teachers are given a stipend of less than 20 USD per month, and teach at the school while also completing their undergraduate studies. Many of the students are studying English, literature, natural sciences, mathematics, and work at the school five times a week.
With long term visioning, dedicated hard work, commitment to social justice, and a strong sense of community resilience, the community of Jiñocuao serves as an example of strong community organization for North American and Latin American communities seeking social change and development. 


Leadership Camp

Join us for our Voices for Change Leadership Camp! This is an overnight camp that will be held at the Ontario Education Leadership Centre in Longford Mills, Ontario, approximately 1.5 hours north of Toronto. The Leadership Camp will take place from Friday, June 26th to Monday, June 29th and it is completely free of cost to secondary students (in Peel and Toronto), including transportation to and from Toronto, meals, and lodging for 3 nights and 4 days.

Spaces are limited, so sign up today! To register, email maria@casapueblito.org or call 416-642-5781.

Voices for Change: Developing Leadership in Inclusive Education is generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

York-Glendon Global Issues Group Visits Aguas Agrias in Granada

Casa - Pueblito had the pleasure of hosting yet another Global Education delegation from May 1st to May 13th. This time around, a group of 12 York Glendon University students came to Nicaragua through our global education program to visit the community of Aguas Agrias in Granada.
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Aguas Agrias is an agricultural and rural tourism cooperative that is member of the UCA Tierra Y Agua, a union of 8 agricultural and rural tourism cooperatives and long time community partner of Casa - Pueblito. This year’s community project which is funded and supported by Casa - Pueblito’s Project Fund is aimed at creating agro-ecological gardens in the cooperative member’s lands in order to provide access to healthy and organically grown food that is free of pesticides and artificial fertilizers. The communities in the union of agricultural cooperatives are seeking to transfer away from heavy pesticide and artificial fertilizer use, to an agro-ecological and organic farming methodology that uses local material to create compost and organic fertilizer. Through these techniques community members will be eating healthy food, using organic material from the land. Community members will also see a cost benefit to their local economy, as local farmers are aiming to stop buying pesticides and fertilizers that are becoming more expensive as the years progress.

The delegation participated in the community by helping set up an organic garden behind the communal house that hosts a free lunch program and after school activities for the children of cooperative members. The garden that is being created behind the communal house will grow healthy organic food that will feed children who attend the lunch and after school program. Many children who are daughters and sons of the cooperative members work with their families in farming. Some of the children also study at the local primary school full time or part time, while some do not go to school because of long work hours and the need to support their families.
The York Glendon group helped till the land and set up gardens in order to start planting. Cooperative members taught the delegates how to till the land, and use various tools such as machetes, shovels, pick axes, and other farming tools. The delegation also took part in educational conferences and workshops where they learned about the history of the community and the land struggles that cooperative members faced in order to find a home in Granada.

After 13 days in Nicaragua, the York Glendon Global Issues Group left the country with new knowledge and friendships that will be remembered for a life time. Intercultural exchanges such as these serve to impact not only delegates who leave the country with a new understanding of global issues, but also local Nicaraguan peoples who interact with Canadian students and find new understandings of other cultures.
It was a pleasure to work with the York Glendon Global Issues Group while they were in Nicaragua, and it will be an honour to have them return in the future! 


Fiesta de Vida 2015

Casa - Pueblito's annual Spring fundraiser Fiesta de Vida was held last month and was a smashing success! With generous support from all attendees we were able to raise over $6,500 to support our work with UCA Tierra Y Agua and their organic gardening project. This project (described above) is now able to fully funded, and will continue to ensure food security for the children and families living in these communities. Thank you all for your support and we hope to see you at the Brunch and Auction later this year!

Check out more photos and updates about the event on our Facebook page. 
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