International Women’s day event

Tickets now available for 8th March evening event at MShed with Nicaraguan women’s equality worker and Fairtrade coffee producer Margarita Espinoza plus regional premiere of new documentary fresh from the London Feminist Film Festival “In the house, in bed and in the streets” from inspiring Nicaraguan women’s rights group, and singer Makala Cheung performing live, also panel discussion with Mifumi, NGO working in Uganda on domestic violence, and Survive, Bristol and songs from the Cats Pyjamas as well as fairtrade snacks and drinks. Tickets £8/£6 from Mshed reception or call 0117 352 6600.
Organised by Bristol Link with Nicaragua and Bristol Fairtrade Network in association with MShed.See more


A  new pre school in the Plan Barrio district of Puerto Morazan, Bristol’s twin town in Nicaragua, has been completed thanks to a generous and anonymous donation of £5,000 GBP from a Bristol resident. Local charity Friends of Morazan were delighted when the offer came through. Bristol volunteer Kit Lambert is out in Nicaragua at the moment and has been supervising the final stages of the building work. Until now the children had been cramped into a run down primary school classroom divided in half with rusty sheets of zinc roofing.


Alix Hughes, a trustee of Friends of Morazan, said “The children sang and recited poetry at the inauguration last week. Then it was on to smashing a piñata and some traditional Nicaraguan folk dancing. Through one of our campaigns, Friends of Morazan also provided a large water filter so the children are hydrated and focussed each day in the heat. They particularly enjoy pouring river or well water or even collected rainwater into the filter  which now makes it safe for them to drink.”


Friends of Morazan are co-presenting a film screening on Sunday 29 Sept at 1pm at the Watershed. There will be an update on their work in Nicaragua followed by the regional premiere of the biopic about famous Chilean singer Violeta Parra. There will be a bucket collection at the end to fund musical instruments for the children in the new preschool. All welcome. Tickets from Watershed box office.

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Amnesty International Garden Party

Friends of Morazan are hosting a stall on Sunday the 4th of August at Goldney Gardens in Clifton for the Amnesty International Garden Party. The event will comprise everything from children’s games, authentic Nigaraguan gifts and raffles (with prizes!). This is a great opportunity to support Bristol’s link with Nicaragua and Puerto Morazan, and should make for a fantastic day.