Since the third week of April 2018, the people of Nicaragua have suffered from the most difficult confrontations since the end of the civil war in 1990. Ongoing clashes throughout the country continue today. Nicaraguans have suffered the loss of loved ones and their jobs, violence, as well as higher food and fuel rates. They are living with uncertainty, fear, financial difficulty, and an unknown future. Nicaragua has an incredible history of struggle, resiliency, strength, and hope. We have consistently been in awe of the dedication and hopeful spirit in people, families, and communities to build a better life for themselves and to get through difficult times.
In April of 2018, the people of Nicaragua suffered one of the most difficult socio political crises since the end of the civil war in 1990. Violent clashes meant the loss of loved ones, and subsequent struggles continued. Despite the ongoing difficult times, Nicaragua has an incredible history of struggle, resiliency, strength, and hope. We have consistently been in awe of the dedication and hopeful spirit in people, families, and communities to build a better life for themselves and to get through difficult times.
Throughout that time, and continuing today, we stand beside and support the staff and communities with whom we work and from whom we have learned so much over the last 28 years. Our programs to increase access to education across Nicaragua continue today, as strong as ever. The libraries and learning centers built and run by SOL staff and volunteers continue to provide a learning space for children, teachers, and adults. We are working with 85 scholarship students, helping them continue their education, with support, tutoring, and projects.
Since the relative calm during the last several months, the downgrading of the Canadian and UK governments security level for travelers, and the ongoing risk assessment of our Board and Staff, we have decided to send two groups to Nicaragua in 2019 to work with communities to improve educational infrastructure and access. With additional security measures in place, we plan to offer work group travel opportunities in 2020.
Thank you for supporting the work that we continue to do during this difficult time in Nicaragua. If you would like to make a special donation to help us continue our work, please do so here.