Nicaragua Trip

This summer  the St. John’s team traveled to the remote community of  Nindiri, not far from Managua. The group works with the organization Bridges to Community and side by side with a beneficiary family and community members to construct an earthquake resistant cinder block home in an area where secure housing is scarce. It’s an amazing week of learning about the issues facing a developing country, making new friends in Nicaragua, and getting to know your fellow parishioners better. The landscape is beautiful, the people are wonderful, and the food is fresh and delicious.

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St. John’s has had a relationship with Nicaragua since 2005. The last week of June each year, we send a team of adults and teenagers to a community in Nicaragua to build houses, schools, and other structures, in partnership with the community development organization Bridges to Community, which is based here in Westchester County. Teams work with Bridges staff, the family who will receive the home (or community benefiting from the work), professional local masons (whose employment is made possible by the funds raised by mission teams), and generally the entire community in which we are working. The trip is a wonderful occasion to build cross-cultural relationships, to understand issues confronting resource-challenged communities in a developing nation, to become advocates for sustainable development, to build relationships with fellow parishioners, and to better understand the connection of our faith to social action.

 

 

See photos from our 2017 trip.

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