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Ometepe Food Security Project

$8,634 of $9,500 goal

Raised by 135 people in 9 months

UPDATE - We have almost made it!

We have served over 7500 meals over the last seven months to hungry children. We need just $366 in donations to wrap up this part of the project! We are happy to report that the economic situation on the island is beginning to normalise - tourists are slowly coming back- and thus there are less hungry children to feed - we will be wrapping it up in mid-February 2019.  We need another $366 to complete this and would so appreciate any support your are able to provide!

Help us with $100 to complete the other short-term goals of our project! We would love your support for our community programs, including our highly recipe sharing days over the next month!

Support our Community House! During the past months we have created a hub for our projects. At the moment we are trying to improve this space so that it can be used by local Nicaraguan massage therapists to offer massage to tourists. We are also seeking to set up teaching room where our recipe days and other community education workshops can continue to take place. We are looking for $500 in donations to allow us to make the most of this space.

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us thus far - we are so grateful!

OTHER BIG NEWS - We are now 501(c)3 registered! This means that we are eligible to receive USA tax-deductible donations! Please contact us if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Ometepe Development Fund or if you have any recommendations for funding sources from foundations and individuals.

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MORE ABOUT OUR PROJECT

This project was started in June 2018 to meet a very urgent need - feeding 300 meals to hungry children each week. At the time and Nicaragua's political turmoil had led to a situation where foods prices on the island were soaring, and this, in combination with the severe job losses as a result of the devastating drop in tourism, had led to many local Nicaraguans being unable to feed their families.

Since June 2018 we have served over 7500 meals, servicing the most needy children in three communities on the island.  We are so grateful that, with all of your support, we have been able to assist so many vulnerable children!

At the moment we seeking $366 in donations to feed children for another four weeks.

Fortunately, the economic situation on the island is beginning to normalise - tourists are slowly coming back- and thus there are less hungry children to feed. While there is still a need, it is important to us that we do not create a dependency through our program. Therefore have decided to scale back our feeding program, wrapping it up in mid-February 2019.  We need another $366 to complete this and would so appreciate any support your are able to provide.

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We are not done - and we are excited about the next phases of our project!

As we worked with the community over the seven months, it has become clear that it is necessary to address the root causes of the problem not just its the symptoms - thus in addition to feeding, our larger mission has become to educate families in order to increase their capacity to sustain themselves on foods that are locally available on Ometepe, and to encourage small business enterprises based on sustainable principles.

Our project has expanded in a number of ways - with the main aim being to build resilience and self-reliance among the members of our local community so that the situation where it is necessary to feed children does not arise again.

Over the past few months we have established a larger project - The Ometepe Development Fund - and have recently obtained US fiscal sponsorship for this project through Empowerment Works. This means that we can now receive tax-deductible donations (get in touch with us if you wish to make one!) and we are looking to expand our programs going forward.

As part of this broader project, we have been running recipe days for local women, which have been a great success to date. Ometepe island is so rich in resources, but these are seldom used. The political crisis served to highlight that fact that, since the advent of the tourism industry, many local Nicaraguans have been become increasingly dependent upon on imported foods.  Unfortunately it seems that this has led to people becoming less resilient in the face of difficulty.

Our recipe days have been based on the recipes developed during InanItah Fire Season. These use healthy, abundant and underutilized local foods to create a balanced and healthy diet without relying on imported foods. Through our recipe days have been able to  share some this knowledge - empowering people to become more self-reliant and healthier. We are very excited to report that many of local women who attend our recipe days are not only using these recipes at home, but a number of them are selling these goods at the weekly market. This not only promotes local food, but also creates income streams for these women.

Currently we are seeking another in donations $100 for our recipe education days

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Help support our community hub!

During the past months we have also been able to create a hub for our projects. This is currently where the meals are being served, and we have started to established a community garden here. At the moment we are trying to improve this space so that it can be used by local Nicaraguan massage therapists to offer massage to tourists. These massage therapists  were trained at InanItah a number of years ago and we are hoping to create a space where they can market their services to tourists in a convenient location. We are also seeking to set up teaching room where our recipe days and other community education workshops can take place. We are looking for $500 in donations to allow us to make the most of this space.

We are on the ground and making a difference!

Any donation, big or small, with help us to feed and empower the people of Ometepe.

Now that we are 501(c)3 registered we are looking for funding sources from foundations and individuals. Please contact us if you have any recommendations or would like to make a tax-deductible donation.

All donations will be used  empower the local Nicaraguan community to increase their self-reliance, sustainability, health & nutrition and economic opportunities.

We believe in transparency and accountability!

All non-anonymous donors will receive a link to a google doc transparently sharing the program spending  as well as photos of some of the farmers, families and cooks involved in the program.

Thank you again for your support

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Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us thus far - we are so grateful!

UPDATE - We have almost made it!
We have served over 7500 meals over the last seven months to hungry children - we need just $366 in donations to wrap up this part of the project! We are happy to report that the economic situation on the island is beginning to normalise - tourists are slowly coming back- and thus there are less hungry children to feed - we will be wrapping it up in mid-February 2019. We need another $366 to complete this and would so appreciate any support your are able to provide!

You can also help us with $100 to complete the other short-term goals of our project! We would love your support for our community programs, including our highly recipe sharing days over the next month!

Support our Community House! During the past months we have created a hub for our projects. At the moment we are trying to improve this space so that it can be used by local Nicaraguan massage therapists to offer massage to tourists. We are also seeking to set up teaching room where our recipe days and other community education workshops can continue to take place. We are looking for $500 in donations to allow us to make the most of this space.

OTHER BIG NEWS - We are now 501(c)3 registered! This means that we are eligible to receive USA tax-deductible donations! Please contact us if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Ometepe Development Fund or if you have any recommendations for funding sources from foundations and individuals.

Thank you again for your support of this project!
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A bit of an update from the meal preparation in the Ometepe Food Security program. These folks are preparing 100 meals, made from ingredients sourced here on Ometepe, which support local farmers.

We've been slowly moving toward Phase 2 of the project, integrating new locally available ingredients such as green papaya and coconut

Thanks for your support! Keep it coming. Our next recipe sharing session with the local meal providers and others from the community we next week.
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Your donations are working! Check it out!

Inanitah Fire Season team is on the ground working with members of the local community. With the money collected we are helping to meet the community’s most basic needs during this economically devastating downturn in tourism.

So far, we’ve been providing food to the most vulnerable children in the local community. Through your donations, we are feeding hundreds of children every week! The number of people in need is continuously growing. Simply feeding the disempowered is not a sustainable solution.

Our goal is to add an educational component to our community outreach program. We’ll be sharing recipes and self-sustainability practices, enabling our poorest community members to optimize local food resources in novel and nutritious ways.

This new phase requires a bit more initial funding. The good news is that it will empower those most affected by political and commercial volatility to maintain their autonomy and agency during troubled times now and in the future.
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We're gearing up to begin the InanItah Fire Season in just 5 days. We're getting excited to begin phase 2 of our food security program. We've served 1800 meals to Ometepe children over the past 5 weeks and infused the local agricultural economy with over $1500 in purchases and preparation of locally grown foods.

We look forward to continuing the meal service as we expand the program to include elements of education about the value of buying and eating local, inspiration for new locally sourced cost efficient culinary delights that incorporate more foods that are easily produced organically.

We're looking for your support to keep us rolling into the next phase. Every bit helps. If You don't feel to donate - spread the word by sharing this link... Or come join us onsite and be a part of the magic.

Lots of love to you all,
Gaia
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