Posts Tagged ‘Fuente de Vida Children’s Village’

Agriculture—Reaping the Benefits

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

The agriculture programs at ICC’s children’s villages are busy with activity this summer. One such program is at the Fountain of Life Children’s Village. Recently we received an update about their first harvest of plantains. Felix, the project director, reports that “In one month we’ll be harvesting continuously, and we’ll be able to sell some of the harvest—not in great quantity, but we will no longer be buying and we’ll start getting some income.”

Plantains that are part of the first harvest from our farm at the Fuente de Vida Children's Village in Nicaragua

The First of the First. The first plantains to be harvested at the ICC Nicaragua farm.

Agriculture is such a vital part of our ICC children’s villages. It benefits the children in so many positive ways by providing a balanced diet, practical work experience, and income from the sale of extra produce. However, there are subtle benefits as well.

This child from the Fuente de Vida Children's Village in Nicaragua helps to harvest a bunch of plantains almost as big as he is!

This child from the Fuente de Vida Children's Village in Nicaragua helps to harvest a bunch of plantains almost as big as he is!

Imagine a young child being rescued from life on the streets. He has no concept of the safety and security of a home and family, and begging food may be how he survives. Now, place that same child in an ICC village and give him love, security and nutritious meals.

Take him to the garden and patiently teach him about the ways of plants. Let him prepare the soil for planting, sow seeds, and wait expectantly for sunshine and rain. Watch him search day-by-day for the first tiny leaf to poke through the soil. Help him care for the tender plant and harvest the first fruits of diligent labor.

Then teach him about his Heavenly Father who loves and cares for him and who has a plan for him to grow and develop and bear fruit. With such therapy, an orphan child cannot help but gain a positive sense of belonging. And when that occurs, the orphan is no longer really an orphan and can grow to his or her full potential just like a well cared for plant in the garden.

You can see from these pictures that the plantain crop is well cared for in Nicaragua. The children have much for which to be thankful, and because you care, we are able to care. Your investment in the children’s programs of ICC enables agriculture programs like the one in Nicaragua to flourish.

On behalf of the children, thank-you for your continued support,

Kent Greve
International Development Director ICC

A Small Note at the end of 2010

Friday, January 14th, 2011

We are coming to the end of 2010, which was at the same time the first year of our new Village, and a year in which, with God’s help, we have been able to achieve many advances in getting the new campus in shape so that the kids each day feel better, more comfortable and really at home. In spite of the fact that we had to go through a time of adaptation, the academic achievement of our kids was excellent with 100% passing their grade, and several kids had outstanding grades.

Although we have had many achievements, it was also a very difficult year, especially because of the different tragedies that affected the world—and our country was not spared. In the months of August, September and part of October, rains devastated many areas of the country, especially the Pacific coastal area where we are located.

Many families had to evacuate because of flooding in the area after a long dry season which had also affected them adversely. These families, who are mostly farmers, not only had to leave their homes but also lost all their crops that they had cultivated, and that represented their entire livelihood.

Providing relief packages to local flood victims

ICC Nicaragua delivers relief packages to flood victims

We couldn’t just stand by with our arms crossed in view of such disaster, so we took them some clothes, sheets, and we shared some of our corn crop. Also we gave them some of the milk from our cows. Our farm, thanks to the excellent location that we have, was not damaged by the rains. Two days before Christmas, with funds donated from ICC sponsors who wanted to support our effort, we were able to prepare 70 packets of food that we gave out to poor families who had been affected by the flooding. This brought great joy to these families.

Children from ICC Nicaragua deliver relief packages to flood victims

Children from ICC Nicaragua deliver relief packages to flood victims

As we do each year, we had a Christmas dinner with members of our board, staff and friends who support the children’s village. Also this year our kids gave a little gift to the people who clean the streets and pick up the garbage in our town, El Viejo. This allowed us to take a bit of cheer to other children as we shared our blessings with them.

Local supporters of ICC Nicaragua enjoy Christmas dinner at one of the homes on the Fuente de Vida Children's Village campus

Local supporters of ICC Nicaragua enjoy Christmas dinner 2010 at one of the homes on the Fuente de Vida Children's Village campus.

Christmas was a little different this year, with bigger arrangements, since we had more room. The kids enjoyed the space to play in nature, thanks to the beautiful home that our Creator has given us.

Children from ICC Nicaragua enjoy Christmas dinner 2010

Children from ICC Nicaragua enjoy Christmas dinner 2010

During 2010 we were able to feel the marvelous hand of God caring for us, providing for us and showing us the way during difficult times. We are sure that in this New Year He will again be our great Helper, as it says in Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” NIV

May God bless you and may the presence of our Creator be in each ICC program and in the hearts of all those who allow God to use them in this marvelous work of caring for the most needy.

Félix Almendarez
Administrador ICC Nicaragua

Nicaragua Project Aids Devastated Community

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

One of the benefits of using the family model in caring for the children in our program is so the children may learn by example. Watching their parents and our project administrators participate in the local community as involved citizens is a powerful way to teach the children to become responsible citizens themselves.

On Friday, September 24th, 2010, tropical storm Matthew blew in from the Caribbean to make landfall on the eastern coasts of Honduras and Nicaragua headed for Belize and Guatemala.

Satellite Image of Tropical Storm Matthew

Tropical Storm Matthew approaches the eastern coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras. The Yucatan peninsula of Mexico can be seen in the upper left of the photo.

The slow-moving storm spent the weekend delivering torrential rains, flooding and mudslides to Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and Southern Mexico. Bridges collapsed and roads were washed away. Some towns were buried in mudslides. In Nicaragua alone 65 people were reported to have lost their lives.

Thankfully neither the Fuente de Vida Children’s Village in Nicaragua, our Los Pinos Children’s Village in Guatemala nor the Escuela Adventista Children’s Village in El Salvador were adversely effected by the storm.

Sadly many people in the region surrounding the Fuente de Vida Children’s Village were not so fortunate. 25 miles of roads were impacted by wash-outs and water wells were fouled leaving many of the poorest people of the area isolated without food, drinking water or communication. Nicaragua’s national economy has also been effected because the region around Fuente de Vida is the main producer of peanuts, shrimp and cattle products in Nicaragua.

Over the past couple of weeks, Félix Almendarez, our administrator in Nicaragua, has responded to this disaster by taking what milk, drinking water, food and household items the families at Fuente de Vida could spare.

One of the cows from the ICC Nicaragua project.

One of our cows from our farm at the Fuente de Vida Children's Village in Nicaragua.

Félix has been transporting water to the effected families by using our tractor to haul a tank of clean water. He has also given what food we could spare from our crops and milk from our cows. It is this kind of selfless response to neighbors in need that we want the children to see and from which we hope they will learn to adopt the same values.

The Farm Tractor From the Fuente de Vida Children's Village

The farm tractor from the Fuente de Vida Children's Village that Félix has been using to haul water to the effected refugees of Tropical Storm Matthew.

Still more is needed. The mayor of the department of Chinendega has asked Félix if he, and by extension the ICC family, could help provide further basic food items for the displaced families. You can help us and Félix purchase sorely needed staple foods such as rice, beans, oil and sugar. All that is needed is $300–$400. Please consider giving even a small donation to aid these families.

Thanks for reading!

Ken Wilson
Media Director ICC