BLINC sent a representative to the national Nicaragua Twin Towns Network meeting on Sat 10th Nov in London. Most of the dozen or so UK towns with Nicaraguan counterparts were there while others sent comprehensive reports. As well as hearing reports across the range of education, culture, health and solidarity projects taking place, the relationship with Raleigh International was discussed in depth. Raleigh are sending hundreds of volunteers to Nicaragua this year to work on community development projects alongside young Nicaraguans. Colleagues wanted to explore the possibility of projects taking place in other areas and not just Granada and Achuapa. The network will also be losing its office in Managua to save costs and the development workers there will have their hours reduced. Central America Report will be changing and just focussing on Nicaragua. It was felt given the huge advances Nicaragua has made in terms of poverty relief, energy sustainability, combatting illiteracy and developing its economy over the past 5 years , it was time to shout more loudly about it. The Nicaraguan Ambassador Guisell Morales outlined the results of last weeks municipal elections and went on to praise the work of the UK towns twinned with Nicaragua.