El Limón solar panel project

Submitted by admin on Fri, 08/15/2008 - 11:53
For almost two years the community in El Limon just outside Estelí has planned to electrify the pumping system for the community's water supply. After months of delays caused by the electricity distribution company's bureaucracy, the community decided to install solar panels. Rob Matthews a Canadian engineer is helping the community install the system. Here he is working with Nicaraguan colleagues to fabricate the steelwork necessary to install the panels.
Rob Matthews and Don Teo mark a pipe for an even cut

Sixto Davila grinds off a weld for a smooth finish

Sixto, Teo and Wilson stop the pipe from getting away

Support for preventive health care programme in Matagalpa

Submitted by admin on Wed, 07/23/2008 - 16:10
Superemos is working with the community leaders of the Barrio Sor. Maria Romero in Matagalpa (Sister Maria Romero was a nun renowned for her community work especially with poor children). We originally made contact with the community leaders in this barrio via Vilma Reyes of the Casa de la Mujer in Matagalpa who coordinates health and education work with the Oasis de Esperanza school in the barrio. Superemos health programme coordinator Gladys Ruiz Gonzalez has worked out a programme with Leonardo Luques, Oasis de Esperanza coordinator.

children show off their toothbrushes...

more children show off their toothbrushes....

parents help apply fluoride gel to older children

not sure about this.....a boy gets his protective fluoride gel

preparing fruit fresco for lunch in the Oasis de Esperanza school

children enjoying lunch in the Oasis de Esperanza school

Birth certificates for children in San Pedro

Submitted by admin on Wed, 07/23/2008 - 13:05

This month lawyers Dora Arauz and Daysi Flores have continued helping families negotiate the legal and administrative hurdles necessary to overcome in order to get birth certificates for their children. After the first year of life parents have to pay for the various administrative and legal requirements before the authorities will issue a birth certificate. For many low income families, especially in rural areas where literacy rates are low, the whole process can be intimidating and off-putting. Funded by the Central American Fund for Human Development, the basic legal advice provided by Superemos makes it possible for these families to make sure their children's rights are fully met.

Erlinda Hernandez, Glenda Espinoza and Lisandra Palacios show off their new birth certificates

Barrio Felipe y Mery Barreda pre-school

Submitted by admin on Wed, 07/23/2008 - 12:49

Recent work at the Estrellitas #2 community pre-school in Barrio Felipe y Mery Barreda has enabled the educators there to divide the children into different age groups in their own classroom space. Usually the pre-school provides class to over 30 children for about three hours a day. By rehabilitating one classroom and building a new classroom late last year, with help from many supporters, we have been able to greatly improve the classroom space available for these children. This year we have finished installing windows and doors, wiring and fitting out the small kitchen area we also built last year. Here are some photographs of the classroom areas. We will shortly post some photos of the improved kitchen and other facilities including the electrical wiring installed last month. The next stage will be to connect the preschool to the electricity grid¡ which we hope to do in the next month or so with a donation from friends in Boston.

Eymi Carvajal with younger children in her pre-school class

Maria Julia Rugama with older children in the Estrellitas #2 preschool

Eymi Carvajal at the new door to the pre-school classroom built last year. The windows are now protected with a metal grille.

Preventive health care and legal advice provision in rural communities

Submitted by admin on Wed, 07/02/2008 - 21:13

Superemos has worked for several years in rural communities around Estelí. Currently we provide preventive health care and legal advice to families in the communities of El Limón and San Pedro. This month we will start work in communities to the north of Estelí, near the municipal rubbish dump where we have been asked to assist very low income families with both health care and legal advice, mainly to do with securing birth certificates and other administrative procedures that require legal support in order to comply with Nicaraguan law.

lawyer Dora Arauz assists mother with form filling for a birth certificate

a young girl in San Pedro gets her birth certificate

lawyers Daysi Flores and Dora Arauz in El Limon checking lists of children

Gladys Ruiz during one of her preventive health talks in El Limon

breaking out the toothpaste in El Limon

lawyer Daysi Flores lends a hand applying fluoride gel

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.