Casa – Pueblito began its work in 1992 with the understanding that “now, more than ever” the Nicaraguan people needed our solidarity. As the current civil unrest continues, that urgency has returned to our work.
This year we have committed to seven projects that respond to needs defined by communities in Nicaragua for necessities such as drinkable water, food security and education.
We remain committed to our vision of compassion and social justice across borders. Our partner communities still have necessities and dreams for the future, and we will work with them to make these a reality.
We are a solidarity-based organization and our vision of solidarity includes our staff members.
In Managua, our office remains open and with adjustments for the safety and well-being of our staff, we continue with our work as best we can. We have remained open in Nicaragua for the past 26 years through moments of upheaval, and our commitment to the work here includes supporting the livelihood of our staff members as well.
In Toronto, our team of part-time staff, volunteers and interns continue to build awareness and engage communities to support the vital work we do in Nicaragua. These annual activities include our Film Night featuring a documentary that addresses key issues; our BAM Exhibition for emerging artists with Latin American heritage; and our Brunch & Auction event that welcomes long-time contributors, former Delegates, and new supporters.
We’re in communication with our partners to assess their needs in these difficult times. In response to the locally-defined needs our grassroots partners have expressed as their communities are impacted by civil unrest, we have established a Response Fund to enable our organization to respond to their needs in the short-term in addition to their long-term needs with our community development projects. To learn more about ways in which you can support our organization, click here.
Despite the situation, project work is continuing. Our community partners are still working towards completing their 2018 development projects, including wells, latrines, and educational projects for children and youth all over the country. We believe in the strength of our partnerships and are working to support our community partners as best we can.
We continue to look forward to 2019 and the ways we can better support communities as the situation continues.