Bristol Link with Nicaragua news
BLINC’s annual fundraising football tournament has been announced for Sunday 16 May at Ashton Park school. The Copa Sandino will be raising funds for development projects in Puerto Morazan. The very first Copa Sandino took place in 1987 at Windmill Hill City Farm. Talks are under way to merge BLINC’s womens tournament, the Copa Lucrecia Lindo, with the Copa Sandino on the same day, as the womens teams want to be part of the bigger event. The event is a five a side football tournament and is open to any football team but specially welcomes teams from the Latino communities.
Officials in Puerto Morazan have chosen the site for the forthcoming 20th anniversary mural to celebrate the signing of the Friendship Agreement between Bristol and Puerto Morazan back in January 1989. BLINC volunteer Isobel Tarr from Nailsea will travel to Nicaragua from Mexico to undertake the mural project with local young people. The project has received funds from the Lord Rootes Trust which will be used to prepare the surface, buy materials and offer hot meals to all participants each day.
BLINC volunteers took a year out from organising a contribution to International Womens Day this year but did run a stall at the main event at the Council House. Nicaraguan jewllery and artesania proved popular and BLINC made £60 towards our work in Puerto Morazan. At a recent projects group meeting it was decided BLINC would fund projects this year to build several basic kitchens for pre-schools plus put new rooves on school buildings. Parents and community volunteers will provide the labour and skills. BLINC supporters will also fund a capacity building project for primary teachers around delivering art in the classroom including providing a range of materials for two rural pre-schools.
BLINC’s registered charity “Friends of Morazan” which works primarily with under fives, has agreed through the generosity of one supporter to pay the salary of a fifth pre-school teacher in one of the small rural communities in the municipality of Puerto Morazan. An evaluation visit to the area yesterday by BLINC development worker Gioconda Perez provided a range of photos of pre-school activity based on the Montessori method which has been introduced into the municipality over several years by the Clifton Childrens House. BLINC has also recently helped fund a two day workshop for pre-school teachers on using drama and performance. The teachers below visited the regional capital, Leon, for the training sessions where they also undertook a computer course supported by the Clifton Children’s House.