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.


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FoM raised £3,500 towards the costs of the new “Carussel Plan Barrio” preschool in a barrio of Tonala in Puerto Morazan. BLINC donated £1500 from the money raised at this year’s Copa Sandino charity football for Nicaragua event. Previously the children held classes in the open under a tree or shared a small space in the primary school next door. The building will be used by 30 under fours and also by the community.