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.
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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.