Tag - Desos NGO

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Barcelona’s 18th ‘Mostra d’Associacions’
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Malnutrition affects also Bluefields
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The Kukra River social context
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What DESOS NGO is doing with my donation?
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“El Día del Trillo”
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Deforestation near the Kukra River has provoked increasingly troubles to cover population basic needs
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The richness of the Kukra region has declined in recent years because of the deforestation
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Nicaragua lacks manpower

Barcelona’s 18th ‘Mostra d’Associacions’

The Mostra d’Associacions of Barcelona is a large event that takes place in Plaza Catalunya during the festivals of Mercè (21 to 24 September). Many NGOs take advantage of this event to promote their projects and associations. One NGO in particular, Desos, were there promoting their project ‘Processing cocoa in the rural communities of Kukra River, in Bluefields, Nicaragua’ which is also a project listed inside Wordcoo.

Desos is an NGO which works to assist economic development through the productive sector. Their goals are for farmers to achieve sustainable methods to earn their income. Their new project will focus on enlarging their facilities for the collection and processing of cocoa. Working with a producers cooperative called COOPMULKRI, they are hoping to expand production and transform the economy. Farmers will be given the requisite training and a cocoa fermenter machine will be constructed.

This project will benefit 3,665 people including 316 farmers and their families. Many of these people including farmers and ranchers have restricted resources and will gain much from the help of DESOS.

by Sally Rice.

Malnutrition affects also Bluefields

Bluefields and its communities are experimenting an increase of malnutrition among childs under 12, as it publishes El Periódico de Nicaragua in this article.

In order to know the nutritional status of children under 12 in the city of Bluefields and the communities of Kukra River, Punta Gorda and Rama Cay, the Spanish NGO Icnelia in coordination with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health conducted, since 2010, a descriptive study of 3.187 childs, which represent about the 20% of the census.

The study reveals that 20.23% of children under 12 in the city of Bluefields and its communities have some degree of nutritional deficit, which is twice what the World Health Organization (WHO) found in 2005 in the same area.

Also the World Food Programme for the South Atlantic Autonomous Region found an increase of 13.03% in the level of child malnutrition compared with the 2005 results.

Helping this communities in its empowerment, is the best way to ensure a good nutrition to childs. A good example of this usefull help is the Processing cocoa in the rural communities of Kukra River project from Desos NGO.

Let’s make a real change in Bluefields.

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The Kukra River social context

The constitution of the Kukra River community, in Bluefields, Nicaragua, was determined by the process of reunification of displaced people during the Sandinista Revolution (1978-1990). This revolution forced lots of Nicaraguan people to migrate to Costa Rica, who, after the establishment of the current system, returned home. It is a region of new residents and the town has been built in recent years.

Much of the progress achieved hitherto have been accompanied by the performance of different NGOs and cooperation projects, which today, still are the major drivers of change in the area.

Public intervention by the government is poorly developed, and the lack of good communications in the area, make Kukra River one of the less developed locations in Nicaragua. It has also a very isolated social context focused on, among others, the gender discrimination.

A researcher of Bluefields Police Station explained that these communities live under a patriarchal organization, where women are a subject dependent on men. This causes gender discrimination that occurs at different levels. For example, lack of awareness and cooperation from family and friends, makes a case such as women victims of domestic violence and rape relegated to the purely private sphere. “The woman is unable to report because no one dares to start a life alone, there is not enough stable job offers for women in the area”, the researcher complaint. Eventually, the woman finished being subjected for their children and for the few future prospects that are sighted.

Desos NGO tries to mitigate this situation by informing women of their rights, but ensure that there is still much to do.

Source: Desos NGO.

What DESOS NGO is doing with my donation?

Desos Opció Solidaria NGO needs 15.000 euros to build a drying machine, a fermenter machine and a warehouse to get producer families out of their current precarious work situation.

Cocoa has an added value compared to other agricultural products. Unlike rice, beans, maize or other important basic products grown in Kukra River for consumption, cocoa helps the promotion of the productive economy of the region.

Cocoa is already grown in Kukra River by local producers. Each producer ferment and dry the crop in its own plot, without having the necessary equipment, so the cocoa is being sold at low prices that do not allow economic development of farming families.

To improve the quality of cocoa and allow the commercialization at a fairer price in the national and international markets is essential to provide farmers with new tools to increase the value of production. To do this, Desos Opció Solidaria NGO is seeking funds to build a drying machine, a fermenter machine and a warehouse in the COOPMULKRI’s installations, located in the community of La Aurora, Kukra River, Nicaragua.

15,000 euros is the amount needed to expand facilities and to ensure the training of farmers through various workshops on farming techniques, management, gender equality, cooperatives, environmental sustainability and technical advice in the field.

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Source: Desos Opció Solidària NGO

“El Día del Trillo”

Every Thursday, in La Aurora, Nicaragua, there is a tradition related with agriculture and rice. It’s called “El día del Trillo” (The thresh day). This tradition consists in that each farmer goes to la Aurora, to the COOPMULKRI cooperative, to thresh the rice produced in their own plots.

Thanks to DESOS NGO this cooperative works every Thursday full of its possibilities. They work to improve the quality of basic grain crops, as rice, beans and corn, because it makes up the basic diet of Nicaraguan society. Thus, this NGO in COOPMULKRI helps the farmers in the crop rotation, sowing seeds of good quality and postharvest processes.

At the same time, improving the quality of the grains is used to promote the economy of the community. The increase in production and quality guarantees superpluses to commercialize in the local and national market, and it’s transformed in wealth and in improving their way of life.

In the Desos’ Flikr account you can see images about how they work.

Enjoy the weekend!

Deforestation near the Kukra River has provoked increasingly troubles to cover population basic needs

In “La Aurora”, Kukra River, every day the difficulties to cultivate and eat are increasing. Don’t miss the second part of a documentary (the first part, here), made for Desos NGO, about the real situation in the Kukra River side, in Bluefields, Nicaragua.

Languages: Spanish and English. Catalan Subtitles.

The richness of the Kukra region has declined in recent years because of the deforestation

In “La Aurora”, in the Kukra River, the difficulties to cultivate and eat are increasing day by day. Deforesting has reduced pastures and has provoked increasingly complications for the population to cover their basic needs. The natural richness of the region has declined substantially in the recent years.
This video presents a documentary about the situation in the region and its inhabitants:

Languages: Spanish and English. Catalan Subtitles.

On Monday, the 2nd part!

Nicaragua lacks manpower

One of the majors Nicaraguan newspapers, “El Nuevo Diario”, published today about the hard situation the Nicaraguan coffee is going through. According to this paper, the coffee growing in Nicaragua has now another enemy than the rust fungus: the lack of manpower. Now still remains to be harvest up to 45% of grain production in the 2012-2013 cycle. Farmers and industry professionals warn it can provoke millionaire economic losses.

“Investments are leaving, the coffee is falling and the quality is losing. Nicaragua has a bigger problem than the rust, we have 40 to 45% of the crop still in the bushes and there are no people to pick it up” warned Henry Hüeck, one of the most important coffee producers of the country.

According to producers, the lack of manpower in the coffee is due to several reasons, among which are mentioned the migration of lot of people to Costa Rica and the heavy rains which doesn’t stop in the north of the country. It prevents the cutters to go and pick up the ripe coffee.

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