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Paths to Progress: Lo que está pasando en Tola
Community Partner Highlights
Los Pipitos is a group dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled children and their parents, providing various therapies and practical technical training to generate income.
Puesto de Salud Las Salinas provides healthcare to an estimated 5,000 residents through its clinic and field visits. The organization leads information sessions on preventative measures and healthy lifestyles as well as holds nutritional cooking classes and walking groups for the patients.
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Introduction to Tola's coastal communities
Tola is a municipality (like a US county) with a population of 20,000 on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast. Tola is also the name of the biggest town in the municipality, the head of the local government and services. The municipality is home to more than 60 communities of subsistence farmers, salt miners, and fisherpersons; it's also known for surfing, beaches, and dramatic coastline. These rural communities are challenged by poor infrastructure, low socioeconomic indicators, and health concerns–particularly childhood malnutrition and Dengue Fever. Hearteningly, many small businesses are developing to provide services to the local market. FSD is proud to support many of these local coops, including: Cooperativa Servicios Múltiples which sells affordable food staples and has started a revolving loan program; Cooperativa Buen Diseño, a sewing cooperative that provides uniforms for local schoolchildren; and Cooperativa Grupo Genesis, the first female-led enterprise in the Tola region, providing fresh-baked goods locally.
Population: est. 20,000
Avg. temperature: Low 62ºF / High 82ºF
Local language: Spanish
Organization: Casa de la Mujer
Intern: Joshua Connor
Casa de la Mujer addresses women's rights through outreach and promotion of gender equality in political management and economic decision-making. Of his internship, Joshua Connor says, “The best aspect was just having a chance to participate in something that has the potential to make a lasting difference, as well as the opportunity for personal growth.”
Organization: Centro de Salud
Intern: Matthew Hing
Nicaragua has the highest incidence of teenage pregnancy in the Americas, as well as a maternal mortality rate 50 percent higher than the regional average. Centro de Salud Jinotepe and Intern Matthew Hing improved access to reproductive health education and built the capacity of family planning services in the community.
Ramiro Adoni Rocha Rodríguez, Program Director
Ramiro has been involved with NGOs focused on sustainable community development since 1999. His educational and work experience cover a range of topics from education and social work to community organization and conflict resolution. Ramiro brings his passion for development to our Tola site and continues to expand FSD's community network.