28 ago. 2011

NEW Blog address

Hi Hogar Supporters!
We have a new blog address (because we have a NEW and IMPROVED website!! - SO exciting!!)
You can find it here: http://thesunrisefoundation.org/blog/

20 jun. 2011

New Supplies for a New Boxing Coach

As part of our commitment to the Youth Boxing program in Camoapa (that targets street kids), our Hogar Luceros program provides all meals, Monday through Friday, to the trainer Carlos, who lives in Managua and travels back and forth to Camoapa every week. Recently, our Program and Development Coordinator, Emily, who travels to and from the United States brought back to Camoapa with her a large donation of used boxing supplies, all in good shape. These supplies included 6 pairs of gloves, 4 sets of handwraps, 2 pairs of shoes, 2 headgears, 4 protective cups, 1 chest guard and 1 set of trainer mitts.

Our new trainer, Carlos, hails from Managua. He comes from a family of boxers and has been training since he was small. He is 24 years old, and has fought in over 60 fights. Though this is his first experience as a trainer, he has lived a life similar to the kids that he is training, giving him the background necessary to understand them and their struggles. He also comes highly recommended from a couple of our boxing contacts from Managua. He has been in Camoapa for several months now and he has shown outstanding commitment to both the kids and teens he is coaching as well as the small children we have here at the Hogar.

31 may. 2011

Cashews, cashews and more cashews

Apart from the crops we harvest (beans, corn, yucca, peppers, jamaica, etc.), we are slowly developing our 25-acre farm into a local vivero (nursery) so that we can do our part to address the deforestation problem in Nicaragua. As one of the largest cattle production areas in the country, Camoapa continues to graze and develop its luscious land for beef and milk export, resulting in significant deforestation of this mid-highland region. Over to the last 6 years, we have planted over 1000 trees, including mango, avocado, coffee, cashew, lime, orange, papaya, oak and mahogany. Our current project is seeding over 100 new cashew trees for future harvest.

The cashew nut (seed) hangs off the bottom of the fruit which is shaped like a pear. The picture below shows the nut and fruit from one of our mature trees. From time of planting, trees take about 3 years to harvest.