Legal advice project - progress in 2008

Submitted by admin on Fri, 06/13/2008 - 12:36
Legal project lawyers - Daysi Flores and Dora Arauz

Lic. Daysi Flores and Lic. Dora Arauz - Daysi and Dora are lawyers for the legal
advice programme

Superemos has funded legal advice work for programme participants since 2003. Originally the project tended to work mostly with prisoners in the local penitentiary and low-income women participants in the education and training programmes run by Superemos. 

Currently, the project continues to work with prisoners and low-income women but has also dedicated resources to helping families in the low-income barrios where Superemos provides healthcare, pre-school and training support. Many of the children in these families were never registered at birth and subsequently encounter administrative difficulties with school authorities or when they need to carry out other official business requiring formal identification.

In Nicaragua if the parents do not register their new baby within 12 months they then have to pay for the relevant legal procedure - time consuming as well as a relatively  costly process. Thus in low income areas it is not uncommon to come across children in their teens who are still without their birth certificate. Even where people have their birth certifiacte, difficulties with officialdom are also common resulting from errors in the original procedure.

So far this year the programme has helped 53 children obtain their birth certificate. The programme's lawyers have also helped low income clients with:
  • 2 divorces
  • 4 maintenance cases
  • 3 paternity cases
  • 9 administrative cases
  • 11 parole cases for prisoners in the local penitentiary
  • 9 cases involving family disputes
Daysi and Dora are now discussing with representatives of local communities just north of Estelí - Las Cruces and Facundo Picado - extending to those communities the work in support of children without birth certificates.

Extension of health care programme to barrio in Matagalpa

Submitted by admin on Tue, 06/10/2008 - 12:06
In February this year Dr Peter Loewinthan and Dr. Joshua Kantrowitz visited the Oasis de Esperanza (Oasis of Hope) school in the Sor María Romero barrio in Matagalpa. Following up that visit Superemos discussed with the school director setting up a preventive health programme similar to the one Superemos runs in the lñocal barrios in Estelí. We will start this programme in matagalkpa with the Oasis de Esperanza school this month serving about 350 children aged from 2 to 11 years of age. Here are some photos sent by the school's director Leonardo Luquez.
Oasis de Esperanza 1 Oasis de Esperanza 1
Oasis de Esperanza 1 Oasis de Esperanza 1

Mother's Day activity at the Estelí Women's School

Submitted by admin on Fri, 05/30/2008 - 12:52

Dance for Mother's Day activity
daughters of some of the students dance to celebrate Mother's Day

school Director Bertha Sanabria helps prepare pizza to be shared by students

Roleplay activity for Mother's Day
roleplay activity for Mother's Day
Mother's Day in Nicaragua is celebrated on May 30th. The Estelí Women's School always holds a special activity for the women night class students. This year over 70 students participated along with some of their children and members of the school teaching staff.

Craft skills classes in Barrio Nuevo Amanecer

Submitted by admin on Fri, 05/30/2008 - 12:39
Showing the results
one of Luisa Duarte's craft skills students shows a drawing in preparation for Mother's Day
Craft skills in Barrio Nuevo Amanecer
students working with Luisa Duarte to improve their drawing skills
Luisa Duarte gives craft skills classes to a group of children, mostly adolescent girls, numbering about 17 in total in the Nuevo Amanecer barrio. The classes use the classrooms of the Sinai community preschool. This project is funded by our friends in the Dorchester House MultiService Center in Boston, USA.

Improvements to ceramic area

Submitted by admin on Mon, 05/19/2008 - 10:00

Rebuilt kiln
rebuilt kiln
Last week we finished rebuilding the old wood kiln and improving the access to the ceramic workshop. The slope leading down to the workshop past the kiln turns into mud duirng the rainy season. The new steps make for safer access.

We rebuilt the kiln so that it is top-loading. This made it possible to fabricate a simple lid lined with fired clay tiles. This is much easier to open and close than the previous side loading arrangement.

We also experimented successfully with a refractory mix to lay the bricks for the kiln. 5 parts dirt, 5 parts local stone derived grit, 2 parts lime and one part cement.
Saida Espino cooperative president beside the kiln's woodpile
Cooperative president Saida Espino beside the ceramic kiln's wood pile
steps for better access to ceramic workshop
new steps make for safer access to the ceramic workshop - just in time for the rains

Some photos of the Superemos site - algunas fotos del local de Superemos

Submitted by admin on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 14:54

Some photographs of the Superemos project site :

banano enano
dwarf banana - banano enano
caña fistula
caña fistula in flower - caña fistula floreciendo
sloth 1

sloth on the up and up - perezoso subiendo

sloth 2
sloth kind of on the level - perezoso más o menos horizontal
pipian etc
squash in the garden - pipian en el huerto
adios gallinera
reorganizing old sheds - rehabilitando viejas bodegas
escuela gradas
side entrance to school - entrada al lado de la escuela
wisteria beginning to flower - chaparra empieza a florecer