After having to cut back program services in the second quarter of the year due to the economic fallout of COVID-19, we were overjoyed to receive matching gifts from the SG Foundation and Smart Mouth Foods for a total of $70,000. Now every dollar you give in the month of July will go twice as far to meet the critical needs of Nicaraguan children and families who are facing a global pandemic without any kind of safety net to fall back on.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
“My name is Darling Díaz, and I live in the Colonia Apoyo al Combatiente neighborhood in Matagalpa. I have four children, and one of them has a disability. Marlon is 7 years old, and he was born with a psychomotor retardation. Because of his condition, Marlon has continual medical needs and requires special nutrition and care. For five years now, Rayo de Sol has unconditionally supported me with my son. They have made certain that he gets medical attention, fortified nutrition, and they’ve even helped with diapers and other supplies. My husband doesn’t have a stable job, and it’s difficult for us to cover the basic necessities of our family.
Last year, I was able to get a job through Rayo de Sol to help me cover my household costs. I participated in a vocational education program and was able to get a job. Rayo de Sol continues to help me, but now I can cover some of my children’s costs with what I earn from my hard work. I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had through Rayo de Sol these past few years. It has definitely changed my life and the life of my family.”
We know that the situation in the U.S. is critical, with unemployment rates skyrocketing and an economic recession on the way. However, we wanted to share a story with you about how the global pandemic is impacting Nicaragua.
Giving Tuesday is here! Today is your chance to take action and meet the urgent needs of vulnerable families in Nicaragua. All donations will be matched, so every dollar given feeds even more children.
Ezequiel is seven years old and lives with his parents and two sisters in the Nuevo Amanecer neighborhood. He is one of the special needs patients that we have been treating in our medical program for the past four years.
Marbelly is a single mother who lives with her three daughters in the Nuevo Amanecer neighborhood. Since the social and political crisis that affected Nicaragua in 2018, she has been struggling to cover the family’s basic needs. With so little formal employment available, she decided it was time to start her own business. Six months ago, she came to our office to request a loan, and her life changed dramatically.
Marbelly set up a small business at home making snacks like potato chips, plantain chips and other types of chips made with local vegetables. It was not easy to get started and generate enough sales to support her girls, but little by little she has built her business with help from her daughters. Had it not been for the loan, Marbelly would likely have had to leave her family and migrate to Costa Rica or Panama to find employment.
“This business kept my family together,” she told us. “If I hadn’t gotten a loan from Rayo de Sol, I would have had to go to Costa Rica to find work as a maid, like so many other women in my community. I am so grateful to be earning enough money to support my children. This is truly a blessing for my family.”
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
As Christians, we feel a strong moral obligation to continue to provide basic support services for the families we serve, without taking unnecessary risks. In the midst of this chaotic situation, we have also completed our 2019 Impact Report, which we’d like to share with you.