Norwalk, CT -- Project Celebrates 28th Anniversary in May 1, 2014, Fiesta at Oak Hills Restaurant on the Green. Field director, Miguel Salinas, will be visiting from Nagarote.
The Norwalk/Nagarote, Nicaragua Sister City Project's (N/NSCP) field director, Miguel Salinas, will be visiting the Greater Norwalk area from April 26th through May 5th. During his trip Salinas will discuss the work of the Nicaraguan-based sister city project and provide an update on the destruction that resulted from the earthquake that struck Nicaragua on April 10, where the epicenter was located in Nagarote. He will be the keynote speaker at the group's annual fiesta, May 1st, Oak Hills Restaurant.
Salinas, a native of Nicaragua, has a Masters degree in Public Policy from the Universidad Centroamericana, and a B. A. in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Universidad Americana. In working for the sister city project he coordinates a wide range of education, development and cultural exchange programs in Norwalk's sister city Nagarote.
NNSCP Projects Salinas oversees include: the Jeronimo Lopez Youth Outreach and Development Project, which focuses on the most impoverished neighborhood in Nagarote - an area where many children cannot afford to attend school and juvenile delinquency is rampant. The program provides 185 teens, ages 11-17 with year-round after school activities including classes in English, computers, writing, sewing and tailoring, baking, painting, guitar, hair styling, and sports. The program involves them in community service projects, as they attend workshops on substance abuse, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS.
Other projects include:
- The Darling Preschool, also in the Jeronimo Lopez barrio, was named after a little girl, "Darling" who was killed while crossing the highway on her way to school. Over a period of four years enrollment has grown from 4 to 54 and the school is now one of the largest in Nagarote.
- The project's Scholarship program provides funds to need families for the purchase of required uniforms, shoes, books and school supplies. Each donation of $50 covers these expenses for one child for one year of school.
- A model sustainable farm that grows fruits and vegetables, and has raised and distributed more than 20,000 trees to community residents since 2006.
Miguel Salinas Schedule of Speaking Engagements While in the Greater Norwalk Area
|Saturday, April 26th||Arrival, New York City airport|
|Sunday, April 27th||
10:30 am –12:00 noon: Congregation Church on the Green, Norwalk
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Reception, home of Tish Gibbs/Bill Collins, Norwalk
|Monday, April 28th||
8:40 pm - 12:30 pm: Royle School, Darien
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Carver Center, Norwalk
|Tuesday, April 29th||
9:00 am - 10:00 pm: Friends School, Wilton
11:50 am -12:30 pm: Royle School, Darien
2:15 pm – 4:30 pm: Brien McMahon H.S. (Build-On program) Norwalk
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm: South Norwalk Community Center, Norwalk
|Wednesday, April 30th||
9:30 am - 10:30 pm: Spanish Class, Norwalk Comm. College, Norwalk
12:55 pm - 2:20 pm: Middlesex Middle School, Darien
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Norwalk High School, (Build-On program) Norwalk
|Thursday, May 1st||
10:00 am –11:00 am: Norwalk High School, Honor Society, Norwalk
6:30 pm- 9:30 pm: Miguel Salinas, Keynote speaker at NNSCP’s Annual Fiesta, Oak Hills Restaurant, Norwalk
The Norwalk/Nagarote Sister-City Project, founded in 1986, is a partnership for sustainable community development between the people of Nagarote, Nicaragua, and the Greater Norwalk Area of Connecticut. We seek to build friendship and understanding between the people of the greater Norwalk area and Nagarote and break the cycle of poverty in Nagarote's poorest barrios. Our sustainable development projects for youth, housing, reforestation, scholarships, preschool, and micro-loans help the people of Nagarote help themselves. Each year, visiting delegations support technical and cultural interaction.
How We Do It
Since 1986, N/NSCP has worked closely with our Nagarote Board of Directors, the Directiva, to plan, develop and implement projects that meet the needs of the community. The Directiva is composed of community leaders in Nagarote. Our full-time paid Field Director works with a team of paid and volunteer staff to manage the office, farm and teach educational courses. We work closely with other NGOs in Nicaragua, including Peace Corps Volunteers. The project has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with many people in the Nagarote community and the various government agencies that operate there. Our Connecticut board is all-volunteer.