One of the most poignant segments of the trip was the visit to NicaHope. This is an effort to provide children an alternative to sorting trash from the municipal garbage dump as a way of earning a living. Over 200 families live in the La Chureca dump. NicaHope volunteers train the children in jewelry-making and computer skills so that they can help their families while staying in school. Our group enthusiastically bought jewelry as a way of supporting the children. While touring their site I asked if they had any books and was told no, they had none, but could certainly use some! I’d like to think of a way to select and ship them some books.
My “business purpose” for the trip was to assess what kinds of books should be placed in the small library of Casa Dingledine. I will want to talk to a small group of those concerned from ZSR to decide on what is most appropriate. Because students and faculty from all across the campus are likely to use the Nicaragua Nexus, the materials will need to be well-chosen.
I was honored to be included in the group and commend the vision and generosity of Tom and Karyn Dingledine to make it a reality.