July 20th, 2017
Written by: Grace Galloway, All People Be Happy Fellow, Princeton in Latin America Fellow, Comunidad Connect 2015 -2017.
Last harvest of the season: mangoes, papayas, cucumbers, green beans, and jalapeños.
After working with Comunidad Connect for a year and in Central America for three years, I felt ready to take on my own project. Our office’s spacious but vacant backyard as well as the neighborhood’s complete lack of green space offered the perfect opportunity for a community garden. As I finish up my two years living in San Juan del Sur and working with CC, I have a few memories to share.
Every interaction in the garden, except with bugs and pests, has been a highlight of my experience. Two stand out the most. At the beginning of our time in the garden, the girls from the Escuela Adelante Garden Club refused to touch our compost pile, deeming it gross and insisting that worms are scary. After a few months, the group was assigned to flip the compost, and two of the girls, Brithany and Sinaí, grabbed the shovels, and started scooping, worms and all. The second experience that stands out happened in my last weeks working with Nuevo Despertar Preschool. Our second to last lesson went over ecosystems, what they are and which animals and plants live in the ocean, forest, and desert. A week later, I asked them what scientific word we had learned the previous week. Shyly, they looked at each other, and after a minute Valeria raised her hand and whispered “ecosistema”. The teacher and I laughed with joy, knowing that our lesson had been effective and impactful in the minds of the young students.
El Carrizal English class celebrates Garden Graduation.
Tagged: community garden, connectnicaragua, Nicaragua, San Juan del Sur
March 16th, 2017
Written by: Grace Galloway, Princeton in Latin America Senior Fellow, All People Be Happy Fellowship Grant Recipient
Every Wednesday, I go to preschool. Well, and sometimes preschool comes to me.
The Nuevo Despertar (New Awakening) Preschool of Barrio Nuevo is located just a block away from the Comunidad Connect office. Since August I have been participating with this preschool nearly every Wednesday morning. At first, I would load my backpack with library books and motorcycle to the school for a morning of reading, pointing at the illustrations and shouting what colors appear, and of course, arguing over who gets to read about tractors first.
Since the beginning of February, the 26 preschoolers, accompanied by their fearless and patient teacher Naomi, have been coming to the CC community garden every Wednesday morning. There, we color, confirm that tomatoes are red, and learn about the papayas as they hang heavily from their trees.
Last week, we learned that leaves are the hands of a tree, and that like human hands, they help the trees to eat. My lesson consisted of asking “what do the trees eat?” until I received my desired answer: the sun. Alternative answers included: squirrels and mangos.
Later in the same class, while the students were tracing leaves, the sun went behind the clouds. One of the preschoolers looked up at me and asked, “Grace, el arból terminó de comer el sol?” Did the tree finish eating the sun?
I stifled my laugh and tears as I assured her that the sun would be right back.
Tagged: community garden, connectnicaragua, let's grow, Nicaragua, preschool, San Juan del Sur
July 14th, 2016
Do you live in San Juan del Sur? Do you want to give back to our community? Do you have extra clothes, gardening tools or school supplies lying around the house?
Comunidad Connect is currently accepting donations for our community health worker team in Northern Nicaragua and our community garden in Barrio Nuevo. If you or your friends and neighbors are moving, or doing some rainy season cleaning, we’d love to put your gently used clothes, school supplies and gardening tools to good use!
Clothing and school supplies will go to community health workers in Los Robles and San Esteban, two rural communities in Jinotega.
Message the Comunidad Connect facebook, or reach out to email@example.com to make a donation!
Comunidad Connect Staff
¿Vives en San Juan del Sur? ¿Quieres contribuir a nuestra comunidad? ¿Tienes ropa, herramientas del jardín, o útiles escolares extra en su casa?
Comunidad Connect está aceptando donaciones para nuestros brigadistas de salud en Jinotega y para nuestro huerto comunitario en Barrio Nuevo. Si tu, tus amigos, o tus vecinos están mudando, o están limpiando la casa de cosas fuera de uso, nos encantaría utilizar tu ropa, útiles escolares, o herramientas de jardín para una buena causa.
Manda un mensaje al Facebook de Comunidad Connect, o escribe a firstname.lastname@example.org para hacer la donación!
Tagged: Clothing, Donation, Gardening, San Juan del Sur, School, Tools
January 8th, 2016
Do you like frisbee golf? Corn hole? Horseshoes? Eating food? Most importantly, do you want to be a part of the positive social changes happening in our community?
Head to Marsella Valley Nature Center this Saturday, January 16th from 12-5:30pm for Fun Bajo el Sol, an afternoon of fun and friends. Compete in tournaments of frisbee golf, horseshoes, corn hole. Food and drinks will be provided by Big Wave Dave’s, Dia de los Donas and La Cervecería. Kids activities include the San Juan Day School kids’ area as well a bounce house!
Check out our Facebook event here!
Marsella Valley Nature Center is located just before Playa Marsella, on the left side of the road. Please feel free to park on the road. Free transport will be leaving from the Central Park in San Juan del Sur.
Entrance will be 20 cordobas for adults and 10 cordobas for children.
We are so grateful to our wonderful sponsors:
Aurora Beachfront Realty Frisbee Golf Open
Discover Real Estate Tae Kwon Do Demostration and Lessons
Rancho Chilamate Horseshoe Showdown
Remax Coastal Properties Corn Hole Championship
SJdS Cerveceria KanJam, Relays, Races, and Games
SJdS Day School Kids Area and Bouncy Castle
Additional Event Sponsors
Casa de Tierra
El Encanto del Sur
Music by Alex Sloane
Tagged: Corn Hole, Donuts, Drinks, Food, Frisbee Golf, Fun, Games, Horseshoes, Music, San Juan del Sur