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Solar Panels for Nicaragua Village

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Mission Statement
As the Catholic community of Shelby County, Iowa we are called to walk in solidarity with the whole human family. This commitment is rooted in the Gospel mandate that every person is to be accepted as if he or she were Christ Himself. We will attempt do this with a spirit of humility by building relationships, friendships, and empathy with the people of the parishes of St. Peter the Apostle in Nicaragua.

The money will be used to assist in a campaign to bring the option of Solar Panels to families of Villa Sandino, Nicaragua.  Many of these rural communities are without the option of power and our goal is to make it affordable for all families.  The funding is partial, requiring the families to pay the additional part.  


1. We hope to build long term relationships, and friendships with the people of the parishes of St. Peter the Apostle in Nicaragua.
2. We will spend time listening, asking questions, and learning in an attempt to understand their lives culturally, spiritually, and economically.
3. We hope this understanding will encourage a tradition where all peoples are treated with hospitality, dignity, and respect in Shelby County.
4. We will support the people of Nicaragua in their efforts to build a better quality of life when we are asked and as we are able.
5. We hope to unify and strengthen relationships between the Catholic communities of Shelby County.
6. We will encourage the formation of Shelby County Catholics on Jesus’ call of solidarity with the poor and the teachings of the Catholic Church on social justice issues.

Parishes from Shelby County involved in the Central America Partnership are:
St. Peter's, Defiance
St. Joseph's, Earling
St. Michael's, Harlan
St. Mary's of the Assumption, Panama
St. Mary's, Portsmouth
St. Boniface, Westphalia



  • Kathleen Foster
    • $500 
    • 6 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Cali Hlavac
Harlan, IA
Lori Hlavac

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