Events & Newsletters

Please mark your calendar for this evening of food and fun!

Saturday, Oct. 14, 6:00 p.m.

Church of Saint Albert the Great

2836 33rd Ave. S., Minneapolis

Project Minnesota/León is seeking donations for the silent auction at this year's annual Fiesta Fundraiser. Click more below for information about donations. 


The World Happiness Report 2017 hails Nicaragua as making the greatest gains in overall happiness.

Carlos Salinas Maldonado, journalist and international correspondent, and Carl David Goette-Luciak, anthropologist, both in Managua, ask, "How can Nicaragua be so happy when it has a stack of sad statistics?"

Read their article here.


Two weeks! With PML's support, that’s how long it took the residents of San Carlos to accomplish building a new well at the local elementary school.

From identifyting a partner organization, to meeting its requirements, obtaining government permits, clearing land, building a platform, digging the well, installing the pump, and celebrating this great accomplishment ... well, find out how they did it! 


Most of our trips are customized for groups, but we offer a few pre-arranged trips, two now under development.

  

The Environment and Sustainability

Dates for 2018 TBD

 
Learn about León's dry tropical forests, agriculture, initiatives to secure clean drinking water, and the impacts of climate change, pollution, and deforestation. Visit volcanoes and the Pacific Ocean.
 
Click more at the bottom of this column for details.
 

 

 

Birding in Nicaragua

Dates TBD

 
See birds and learn about the impact of climate change in the region.

Contact Emily at emily.mn.leon@gmail.com if you want to receive updates about planning for this trip.
 


Water Commission Reaches Agreement with Neighboring Water Board

People who live in the rural community of San Carlos, about five miles from León, are concerned about diminishing access to potable water. Wells have been drying up during the past few years of drought, which residents fear is reducing the water table. Furthermore, most well water is contaminated.

Rural households draw their water from local wells with no guarantee that the water supply will be adequate or safe. 

Click more below to read about changes taking place in San Carlos as PML walks with the community. 

Please click here to read other PML news in our informative spring newsletter. 


Practice of accompaniment brings vital changes to the community

Development professionals in many types of organizations are increasingly viewing their work as accompaniment, rather than providing aid. Based on an attitude of respect for people, the model assumes everyone has resources—insight, talent, time, and experience—that they can use to solve their own problems. Development staff and volunteers no longer assume they are the experts and, therefore, in charge. 

Rosa Lira Ulloa, Project Minnesota/
León’s project facilitator, often speaks one-to-one with women, explaining that each person can contribute to solutions to problems in the San Carlos community.  

Xuchialt Art School, which is financially supported by Project Minnesota/León, was commissioned by the Nicarguan Embassy in Washington, D. C., to create a painting for its offices. The original painting will be converted into a large banner for display to the public.  


First Universalist Church’s Youth Cultural Exchange (YCE) group is busily preparing to host participants’ Nicaraguan “siblings” this July. Twelve teens from the church travelled to León summer of 2015.

 

This two-year program is an intensive and time-consuming experience, but all the work will be worth it when the Nicaraguan teens come to Minnesota. This is a life-changing experience for all twenty-four teenagers as they unite in friendship across cultural, language, and economic differences. 


Check out PML's new video. Learn how the women of San Carlos, a rural area outside León, Nicaragua, worked together to restore water and electricity to their community health clinic—and how they ensured that the clinic is staffed five days a week. 


The world’s biggest canal project—a $50bn interoceanic canal through Nicaragua—has been delayed, following an environmental report and a collapse in the fortunes of the Chinese businessman behind the company that planned to build it.



  • The City of León celebrated the feast of La Virgen de La Merced.
  • Board member María Luisa Avendaño reflects on her experience with PML. 
  • Half a dozen individual volunteers have worked with PML in León—exploring the legal profession, teaching English, shooting video and photographs, and interviewing PML staff and board members. 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE!

Saturday, October 8 

6:15 to 9:00 PM

 

Early Bird Discount! 

Click HERE to buy tickets.

 

Latin Fusion Dinner

Social Hour

With Mojitos, Wine, Beer

 

Live Music by Cuban Salsa Rueda

Silent and Live Auctions

 

Keynote: San Carlos WELL-Being

Elizabeth Moreira, PML's León Director 

 

Church of St. Albert the Great

2836 33rd Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 


Unlike other Central American countries, Nicaragua has not suffered the violence of drug wars. Nicaragua has taken a different approach to fighting drug trafficking.