An update on recent events in Nicaragua:
Thank you for your concern in regards to Manna Project International's Nicaragua site and our in-country volunteers and staff.
In the past week, there have been large protests and demonstrations in many cities around Nicaragua, triggered by governmental reform to pension plans. While the specific law that started the protests has been revoked, the protests have continued due to concerns about freedom of speech and the government response to the initial protests. Unfortunately, some of these protests have become violent, even resulting in loss of life in some cases. MPI is very connected to Nicaragua since beginning work there 14 years ago, and we’re deeply saddened to see this violence and destruction occurring and impacting many people’s lives. In light of the unrest, it has been encouraging to see many Nicaraguans come together to protect local businesses and make their concerns heard in many peaceful gatherings.
The primary concern of the MPI Board of Directors and staff is the safety of our in-country staff and volunteers. As such, our current volunteers have temporarily departed the country and some community programs are temporarily cancelled. Staff have remained on site. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and are hopeful that as the situation evolves, volunteers can return and continue their service.
We will continue to keep you updated on the status of MPI’s Nicaragua site. It is our hope that we will be able to resume operations soon, as MPI is committed to continuing to serve our communities in Nicaragua as soon as it is safe to do so.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact our Executive Director, Robert Grabel (email@example.com, 615-290-5746), or our Board of Directors (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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