NICA Act: Perpetuating Suffering in Nicaragua
The Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA Act) is a congressional bill introduced in July 2016. The NICA Act focuses on limiting long term aid to Nicaragua from financial institutions such the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank due to the Nicaraguan government’s restrictions on transparent elections and limitations on political freedoms (i.e. political opposition... Read Mor...
Homes of Hope – Manos Amigos
This August we began our first concentrated construction project through the Homes of Hope and our financing agreement with Banpro. Concentrating production allows us to save money on materials, transportation, and labor, and gives the homes a strong social component as new communities are built with the houses. Our first client for this new approach... Read More
Progress After Matthew: Yielding Change Picks up Steam
In October we watched as Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, a country still mired in a years-long governance crisis that grew out of an earthquake in 2010. We were not optimistic about the outcome for Haiti’s most vulnerable populations, the poor and the rural poor. The storm destroyed much of southern Haiti and the northwestern peninsula,... Read More
Blessed be: Inclusivity
My head has been solidly in two zones this past fall: the election and the intensive revision of the Inclusive Lectionary Sunday reading series. Then the zones merged into one — the use of language, and how it can cause pain to “the poor, the lame, the blind, the deaf.” and so on. The language... Read More