Help us Save Cafe de las Sonrisas

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Centro Social Tío Antonio Nicaragua  is a certified spanish NON PROFIT Organizacion,  devoted to support the social and labour insertion projects  carried out by Antonio Prieto in the city of Granada, Nicaragua.

Café de las Sonrisas
opened in 2012 and  was the first restaurant in the Americas managed by people with hearing disabilities. Due to the incidents  in Nicaragua that began in april, our future is in danger.

6 years ago we launched a brave and innovative project, a restaurant where all of its workers were people with hearing disabilities. As a result of the lack of job opportunities, we decided to create our own jobs.

Our space was focused on tourism, the main source of income in Granada. The serious incidents that began last April and the unstable political situation that we are living, have caused the entire tourist season to fall apart.  That means more than 1800 reservations for the high season (tour operators, college students...) have been cancelled .

As we are facing this situation, with a serious danger of bankruptcy, we want to reinvent ourselves while we wait for tourism to regain confidence in our country. We will focus on the local market offering daily menus and new bakery and ice cream products.

We need help to endure this situation while we form our workers and  adapt our kitchen and premises to the new circumstances. All funds will go towards:
-Worker salaries: 1300 $ / month
-Rent, supplies (water, electricity, internet) and taxes: 700$ / month
-Refrigerator: 4000$
-Professional Ice Cream Maker and accesories: 1500 $
-Food supplies and various materials: 3500 $


THANKS for supporting our project

About me

My name is Fernando Maria Goy Rodriguez and I'm from Madrid (Spain).

I'm the president of the spanish non profit organization "Centro Social Tio Antonio Nicaragua". I founded  it along with Miguel Angel Fernandez Salazar and Fernando Navarro Cano in 2008 to support the work Antonio  Prieto ("Tio Antonio") carries out in the city of Granada (Nicaragua).  We are close friends of Antonio and since then we are in charge of the organization.

Why am I leading the campaign on behalf of Antonio and our non profit?
GoFundMe is not supported in Nicaragua so we had to raise the funds in Spain. As GoFundMe only supports certified US and UK charities, our spanish non profit cannot lead the campaign.

All funds raised will be withdrawn to my personal account and will be transfered to Centro Social Tio Antonio spanish bak account. From there we'll send the funds to Antonio in Nicaragua.

As we will be withdrawing money periodically, we'll be posting screen captures of the wires we send to Nicaragua.
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2 months of demonstrations and government repression and we still can't see when things will go back to normal. Roadblocks all over the country have stopped economic activity and Café de las Sonrisas and the Hammock Workshop are still temporary closed.

The second withdrawl from GoFundMe (1) arrived on monday and I've forwarded it (2) to the non profit account as you can see in the screen capture attached. All the money was sent today to Nicaragua so Centro Social Tío Antonio can survive this uncertainty.

Thanks for supporting our campaign and sharing it in social networks!!!
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Yesterday it was a tough day in Granada, with clashes and violence in the heart of the city. In order to preserve the integrity of all workers at Cafe de las Sonrisas and the hammocks workshop, Antonio decided to close temporarily. Hopefully we'll be back soon!!

We'll keep you updated. Thanks for supporting our campaign and sharing it in social networks!!!

Kind regards
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