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Barcelona’s 18th ‘Mostra d’Associacions’
Kukra River beneficiaries and its economic situation
Malnutrition affects also Bluefields
The Kukra River social context
Deforestation near the Kukra River has provoked increasingly troubles to cover population basic needs
The richness of the Kukra region has declined in recent years because of the deforestation

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.

Kukra River beneficiaries and its economic situation

The social and economic situation of Processing cocoa in the rural communities of Kukra River project beneficiaries is very precarious and in some cases, of extreme poverty.

According to surveys conducted this August by Desos NGO, the monthly income of a family is $ 213. Considering that the average living persons in the home is 8, each person is living on $ 26.71 monthly, which is less than a dollar a day, and therefore below the extreme poverty threshold ( $1,25 a day according to World Bank).

With 37% of families into debt, their income does not cover the basic expenses of food, health, housing and education. The producers of these areas also lack of training, 32% have had no schooling, and 55% have only basic education, and access to resources to succeed and produce a turnaround. Thus, families remain self-sufficiency but are not able to change towards a productive economy to develop economically and socially.

Although sales of cocoa produce some benefits, the rate of return is very low because they are not able to produce the products either in quantity or quality, and access to the domestic market is nonexistent due to their isolation and high transportation costs.

Cooperatives are the nexus of all producers and, at the same time, the institution that can induce change in the economy from subsistence to production through commercialitzation on local, national and international markets the local production. A production in greater quantity and higher quality. Also, cooperatives can provide inputs and technical advice to its partners to improve land management, environment and training of its members. Plans studied demonstrate the potential viability of cooperatives in this regard, allowing locals to empower, pay the debts and produce a turnaround.

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.

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!

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