Posted by Bill Boyd on Oct 26, 2018
Our third program in October on Economic and Community Development, is an “up close and personal” look at the situation currently being faced in Nicaragua, from the perspective of a member of the Center for Development in Central America (CDCA) which is a project of the Jubilee House Community, Inc. (JHC), a non-profit organization.  It has 501 (c) 3 status in the U.S. and International Mission status in Nicaragua.
In 2012 my wife Sandy Grasso-Boyd and I were both long time members of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise.  At that time the club was looking at the possibility of developing a long-term relationship with a community in Central America, with multiple needs.  With the help of Past District 5240 Governor Jan Lindsay, who had been working in Nicaragua for a number of years, our club was invited to explore possibilities with communities in the Managua vicinity. 
In September 2012, Sandy and a group of other SB Sunrise Rotarians made a trip to Nicaragua; and identified Trinidad Central and Cuajachillo Dos as the communities where we could best make a difference with a possible Global Grant.  During the visit, they met with members of the CDCA/JHC, whose operations were in the immediate vicinity.  A number of their members were also founding members of the Rotary Club of Ciudad Central, which would become the local host club for Rotary based grants.
In 2013 I was part of a group of Rotarians who visited the two Nicaraguan communities,
who expressed three major needs in this order of priority: a water system beginning with family filters, refurbishment of their two run-down medical clinics which serve as outreach centers for the health promoters and eye clinics today, and support for their schools through playground equipment and cafeteria spaces.  During our visit we had an opportunity to view the important work that JHC/CDCA had been doing in Nicaragua for nearly 20 years.
In the ensuing years, Santa Barbara Sunrise RC made a big dent in helping to address all three community identified issues.  They recently received approval of a Global Grant to address remaining water distribution issues to provide more than 500 families rural potable water.
That brings us to today!  Much has changed in Nicaragua, just in the past year, as evidenced by political and social unrest. 
With this as a backdrop, the following presentation by Sarah Junkin Woodard, a long time member of JHC and a Rotarian with the Ciudad Sandino Rotary, will help to shed light on the history and current situation, with an emphasis on it’s impact on the poorest.
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