May 31, 4:30 pm Boulder Sister Cities Trees For Peace planting
On May 31 at 4:30PM come join us as Boulder’s sister cities plant trees in Palo East Park in North Boulder.
June 11, 5-8pm Nicaraguan Night at Dushanbe Teahouse
Celebrating First Boulder sister city program at the Dushanbe Teahouse. Please check back soon for more information.
FCP is grateful for your support and the people of Jalapa in Nicaragua are even more grateful.
CU Denver School of Architecture & Design in Pasmata
From December 27th until January 12th, the CU Denver School of Architecture & Design sent a group of 15-20 students to Jalapa to work with the community of Pasmata on a construction project. the students and two professors constructed a school building for fifth & sixth graders, serving the community of 1,200 people. The students raised funds for their travel and to cover the cost of the project.
The Chusli Water System (2017/18)
Our next project will be to support the community of Chusli with a total renovation of their potable water system, serving 1,200 people. The estimated cost is $12,000 and we will raise those funds with your help. We again have a matching grant from the Gaguine Foundation to support our efforts. All donations are doubled.
As many of you might be aware, the recent events in Nicaragua are a still-unfolding tragedy. Protests that initially began in mid-April at the universities of Managua over a rise in social security taxes spread across the country, resulting in violence that has left dozens dead, most of them young people. Throughout the country, there have been calls for peace by those who want no widespread return to the violence of the 1970′s and 1980′s, and tens of thousands of ordinary Nicaraguan citizens of all ages continue to march in protest of the violence and in hopes of peace.
In our sister city of Jalapa, there was not as much turmoil as in other parts of the country and there were no deaths, but people there are quite shaken by the national tragedy of what has happened recently.
FCP is a sister city program that does not take political sides, nor do we promote any ideology or religious affiliation. However, as people who love the country of Nicaragua and have been partnered with the city of Jalapa since 1984, we also hope for a peaceful solution to this crisis. The bloodshed of April in Nicaragua is sad beyond our words to express, but it is our hope that no one has died in vain, that ultimately the meaning of these events will lead to a better, stronger union within the country.
As a sister city, we offer our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones, and we want everyone to know we continue to stand as one with Nicaragua.
Please write to us if you have questions about this or would like further information.
Work continues on the Chusli Water System, thanks to your donations. This refurbishment will bring clean safe water to 254 houses. Please look to this web page to see photos of the upcoming opening ceremony in May 2018.
A video about the Nuevo-Amancer Community Center.
For 2016, FCP was awarded another matching grant of $20,000 from the Benito & Frances C. Gaguine Foundation of Juneau, Alaska. This means your donation is automatically doubled. This matching grant was completed in January of 2017. We are very grateful for the continuing support from the Gaguines and from you.
Mission Statement We build cooperative projects between Boulder and Jalapa that bring clean water to rural communities, empower women to improve the health of their families and foster educational and leadership opportunities for youth.