August 22, 2012

Day 9

Newmarket HANDS Team:

This morning we left early to travel north to a land bank that has been started by CRWRC and other organizations started in the mountain area of Nicaragua.  This is a system where a group of families are given money to start their own farm.  They have to pay back the loan in 10 years.  The have a model farm where they learn how to grow different crops, raise animals, renew the soil etc.  Edu deo got involved here and built a school.  There is one teacher for grades 1 - 6.  She has 26 students.  There is a pre-school area that has an 18 year old girl as the teacher.  She is still continuing her studies.  We had to take 4x4 trucks to get up the mud roads and go through the rivers.  Most of the team stood in the backs of the trucks.  This was an amazing experience; meeting the teacher, students, farmers and some of the families.

We then travelled to a waterfall.  Some of us went around behind the falls while others just sat and enjoyed the beauty.

Today we were all amazed at the wonder of God's creation.

Back in Mangua we packed our backs and spent some time defriefing. We were joined by Dave Steenstra who shared with us what was done with the land banks in Nicaragua.

God has blessed us richly on this trip.  Every time there was a downpour we were under cover.  We did not have any accidents and no conflicts.  Praise God for His faithfulness.

Tomorrow morning we leave early to head back to Canada.

P.S. Last night we lost internet connection so were unable to load pictures.  They have now been loaded.




Bill and Nancy
Aug 23, 2012 at 11:42 am

Safe travel home. See you Sunday

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