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Closed 20/08/2017

raised of £2,000 target by 11 supporters

    Weʼve raised £925 to To fund equipment for a metalworking workshop in Nicaragua.

    Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua.
    Funded on Sunday, 20th August 2017

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    I went to Nicaragua earlier this year on a bird watching holiday. I discovered in one of the villages there a project which really captured my heart. A swiss lady, Bella, who owns a small hotel in Laguna de Apoyo is helping six men from the village to set up a metalworking workshop in order to make household and garden furniture. They formerly worked in the building trade as welders but work is very hard to come by and badly paid. Between them they have fortynine dependents and this project offers them an opportunity to raise their standard of living above the poverty line. Bella is doing the marketing and they are coming up with some very creative and practical designs. The problem they have is that they are currently using one old welding machine on the normal 110 volt house electricity supply and when they do all the lights in the village go dim. They desperately need a new direct 220 volt supply to their workshop at a cost of about £800. Also to become properly efficient in their production they need a new pipe bending machine and another welding machine which puts the total required to about £2000. This is a perfect example of "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Give him a net and you feed him and his family for a lifetime" These are wonderful hard working people who need a break. Bella has already put all she can afford into this project and she is not in it to make a profit for herself. For my part I am going to auction one of my best paintings and put all the money it raises to the fund. If you go to you will find all the details of the auction.
    After years of civil war Nicaragua is now settled and just beginning to prosper this project has great potential with the products the team are making going into hotels, restaurants and cafes which are beginning to develop with the growing tourism. They are also working on designs for the garden which Bella is hoping to start selling through garden centers which are now opening.



    • Ronald Swanwick7 years ago
      Ronald Swanwick

      Ronald Swanwick

      7 years ago
      Update from the Page owner

      The crowdfunding site is now closed at £925 but we are in fact only £160 short of the target of £2,000. I have received monies from my church community and the auction of my painting currently stands at £270 so I am hoping that someone will come forward and make a bid of £400 to hit the target. On the promise of this money the team have already started fitting the new power supply and will be so happy when it is done as they will no longer experience time when they cannot work for a lack of power. So thank you so much all of you!!!

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    • Ronald Swanwick7 years ago
      Ronald Swanwick

      Ronald Swanwick

      7 years ago

      I was only saying earlier today that I was a little disappointed that my appeal for this project was not going quite as well as I had hoped it would at this stage. Then a wonderfully generous anonymous donor puts £500 in the fund and restores my faith in my fellow humans. Who ever you are thank you so much and to all the other donors who have so far contributed thank you very much on behalf of Bella and the team.

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    • Martin Pearcy

      Martin Pearcy

      Aug 20, 2017

      Worthy cause that will make a real difference to further this great work in giving meaningful and sustainable employment for many people.


    • Anonymous


      Aug 17, 2017


    • Dennis Allen

      Dennis Allen

      Aug 14, 2017

      Happy to support this cause. Well done for identifying it Ron. Carole and Dennis xxx

    • Anonymous


      Aug 12, 2017

    • Anonymous


      Aug 11, 2017

      Sounds very deserving.

    • Richard Wright

      Richard Wright

      Aug 4, 2017

      Great cause as discussed on the walk!

    • Anonymous


      Jul 28, 2017

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    Ronald Swanwick

    Ronald Swanwick

    Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua.

    I am a retired professional artist who now spends lots of time bird watching. I been to Nicaragua twice now and intend to go again next year. It's a great country and the people are really friendly. After all the strife of the civil war they need a helping hand here and there.

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