Surviving Unrest: Women in Action prepare Grain Cereal for their Children
Women in Action are working together to help each other through this very critical time in Nicaragua. One can only hope that members of the opposition and the government can also find a way to work together. A national dialogue has been off and on, with some preliminary agreements reached. The government has now officially invited the United Nations Human Rights Council, the European Union and the Inter American Commission on Human Rights. It is our hope that with the arrival of these international organizations that a peaceful resolution can be reached.
As is always the case, it is the most vulnerable and those living in the margins who are most affected by these kinds of crisis. One of the tragic things that happens during political unrest, when people are struggling to feed their children, is that people tend to become divided along political party lines as people feel more and more tension. However, as a testament to the Women in Action project, and the unity that is felt by the women, there has been no division or tension between Women in Action members.
In fact, they have been coming together to prepare home made grain cereal for their families and especially the children. Additionally, thanks to your generous donations, they have now been making soy food and soy milk twice a week at the Women in Action Center. The cereal and the soy food and milk, along with the basic food supplies which were purchased, will help WIA, their families and their children through this difficult period.
The economy is still stagnant, with many people out of work and road blocks still blocking some of the major highways so that basic supplies are not able to come into towns and cities. In La Paz, farmers have their basic grain crops planted and we are also supporting them with seeds for small, backyard vegetable gardens. Moving forward, we are also looking to raise funds to purchase chickens for families to raise. Next week, we will be harvesting our moringa trees leaves as part of our reforestation and food security program. While people in La Paz are also struggling with the high cost of basic goods and the lack of some basic supplies, they do have the ability to supply their own food source.
As the famous Nicaraguan song, "Sons and Daughters of Corn", says: "if they take away our (daily) bread, we will be obligated to survive as our grandparents did--with corn fermenting in the blood of our heroes, with corn planted since forever, well before our land was made to bleed. Even though we are a small country, we count on more than one thousand rainy seasons and one million blossoming hands for the work of planting! We are the sons and daughters of corn!!"
Next week we will be updating you about our moringa harvest, the construction of a solar leaf dehydrator and the small loans made to Women in Action. Plus, a special letter from our co-director, Ana Narvaez. Thanks for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. We appreciate your support and friendship very much!